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NIIT Imperia holds 19 city strategy session with World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand
- Synchronous Learning Technology enables management students and professionals across the nation interact simultaneously with World No. 1
New Delhi, December 19, 2008: World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand, today addressed management students and professionals simultaneously across 19 cities in the country on Management Strategy, through NIIT Imperia’s Synchronous Learning Technology. Organized as a part of NIIT Imperia Leadership Series, Anand shared his insights on how to excel in business by using the strategies and moves applied in Chess.
The session saw record turn out with large number of participants tuning in from New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bhopal, Patna, Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Nasik, Nagpur, Vizag and Mysore to hear and interact with Anand, who took the session while being at the Delhi studio of NIIT Imperia Centre for Advanced Learning.
Emphasizing the similarity between Chess and management principles of Business, Anand shared his secret moves on “Strategies in Tough Times: Lessons from Chess”, as part of NIIT Imperia Leadership series. Some of the pearls of wisdom shared by Anand included insights on: knowing your goals, striving for objectivity, how not to worry about things you cannot control but to strengthen the areas you can, how having an in-depth knowledge of your opponent helps, how to use your intuition and finally learning how to take the loss in your stride, so that you can move on to the next battle.
Addressing the students, NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand said, “Whether it is management or a game of Chess, a good strategy sets direction towards the ultimate goal. It felt great to reach out to so many management students & professionals across the country using NIIT Imperia’s technology, which seems to make distances disappear due to the high level of interactivity.”
World Chess Champion, Anand, interacted with management students and responded to their queries, using NIIT Imperia’s Synchronous Learning Technology platform. The technology connects remote classrooms live with faculty for imparting executive management programs from premier business schools such as the IIMs (Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata, and Lucknow), IMT Ghaziabad and IIFT New Delhi. It allows working professionals to pursue management education within their city after office hours or on weekends from premier institutes.
Welcoming Anand, and the students, Shraman Jha, Head, NIIT Imperia said, “We have instituted ‘NIIT Imperia Leadership Series’ to provide a platform to our students, to learn from the experiences of stalwarts who have excelled in their chosen field. It is an honour to have World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand among us today as part of the series. At NIIT Imperia, it is our constant endeavour to equip our students with strategic inputs and I am sure that Anand’s sharp insights will prove valuable for all of us.”
This session was in continuation to “NIIT Imperia Leadership Series”, initiated by NIIT Imperia, for bringing thought leaders to share their experiences with management students & professionals across geographies. Some of the past sessions of the series were delivered by eminent personalities like Mr Ben Verwaayen, BT Group CEO and Dr. Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor of International Political Economy, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland & Founding Director of the Evian group.
The Executive Management programs at NIIT Imperia are designed and developed by the IIMs, who provide faculty and certification for these programs. The technology, synchronous classrooms across the country and the management of the distributed education system is being provided by NIIT. NIIT has also integrated its Learning Management and e-learning systems with this technology, and is implementing and managing the overall student experience.
Synchronous learning is an effective tool to bring together the faculty and students, otherwise separated by significant distances, using cutting-edge technology. Through the new high-tech environment, students can experience learning almost in the same way as they would if they were in a normal classroom, querying their instructor and answering questions. Dedicated broadband two-way audio-video, together with special software to replicate face-to-face teaching, are used in this application.
Hundreds of working professionals comprising of middle and senior level managers have already enrolled for NIIT Imperia programs since its inception. Nearly one-third of NIIT Imperia students come from the IT industry including top IT companies such as Infosys, Wipro, IBM, HCL, Oracle, Accenture, TCS, Cognizant, Satyam, Dell, Ernst & Young, Boston Consulting Group, Yahoo and Oracle. Many come from organizations in the Financial, Manufacturing and the Services sector, such as Genpact, ICICI,  HDFC, Citigroup, HSBC, American Express, Standard Chartered, SBI, Godrej, ITC, Reliance Industries, L&T, Bharti Enterprises, Motorola, HUL, Raymonds, Dr Reddy’s, Coca Cola, , Pepsi, Fedex among others.
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