Tag: Teaching

A New Teaching Gig

MITADT University campus
MITADT University campus

I have recently started a new teaching assignment, with the Institute of Product Leadership. I am teaching Digital Marketing to students in the first year of their Full Time MBA Course in Applied Data Science and Technology Management.

The classes are conducted in the campus of MITADT at Loni, Pune. MIT is a well know engineering college. I am familiar with and have visited their campus at Kothrud in South West Pune during my time studying at the Government College of Engineering (COEP), Pune. But this was a new campus for me. In fact, it was the first time I was visiting Loni, about 15 kms to the East of Pune, on the road to Solapur.

I was staying at a hotel in Mundhwa, or Koregaon Park Annexe. This is right in the heart of the city. And it had its advantage in that there were good street food options a couple of minutes walk from the hotel. I did not want to travel to Pune and not try the local street food and was delighted that I could indulge in this conveniently.

Sunset - Pune Koregaon Park
Sunset – Pune Koregaon Park

The commute to Loni took around 40 minutes one way. The campus is a pleasant one. Not very large, but with imposing buildings, dominated by the towering World Peace Dome. As with most educational campuses, it had well maintained lawns and numerous trees. The classrooms on the other hand, though, were relatively small and very school-like in its feel.  Having said that, it did have its benefits of being more intimate, leading to a greater degree of interactivity than in larger rooms.

One of the enjoyable moments for me occurred while I was taking a post-lunch stroll in the campus. The Mula-Mutha river forms the northern boundary of the campus, while immediately outside the main entrance to the South runs the main Mumbai – Solapur railway line. One frequently hears the passage of trains anywhere in the campus. This reminded me of my own engineering college, which, though located nearly twenty kilometres to the West in the heart of Pune city, had the exact same geographical layout, bordered by the river to the North and the railway line to the South.

I enjoyed teaching the course and look forward to subsequent visits.

A trip to Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad is the commercial capital and largest city of the westernmost state of India, Gujarat. It is where I did my Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

I was invited to teach a few sessions in Display Advertising at another eminent institute located in the city – MICA. Though I had been to the city a few times, this was the first time that I was actually flying in to the city. A few photos of the airport below.

The MICA campus is located on the South Western outskirts of the city at a place called Shela. I had to take the Ring Road to get there – a road that did not exist when I was a student in Ahmedabad. It was interesting to observe how large the city had grown spatially. There were also numerous apartment complexes along the road, though many did not seem occupied.

The campus itself had a lot of similarities with IIM. Low brick structures set amidst well maintained lawns and surrounded by lush greenery lent it a serene ambience, conducive to the pursuit of knowledge. The lush greenery also meant that it had a rich bird-life – in fact, after a while, the loud, harsh calls of the numerous peahens within the campus went from ‘nice’ to ‘mildly irritating’.

The classes itself were interesting. It was good to see the interest in the course with well over 130 students participating. Hopefully, they would have learnt a few things from the sessions.

Teaching

One of the things I have always wanted to do was teach. And I was fortunate to get the experience recently.

Why teaching? I guess a key aspect for me was the necessity to be a subject matter expert. No matter how much time one has spent working in this domain, when it comes to a field that is so dynamic such as Digital Marketing, I believe that no one can rest on their experience and claim to be an expert. One has to constantly relearn as things keep evolving at a rapid rate. When I started my career in digital marketing, users only had a single screen, social media was unheard of, and we were measuring ‘hits’! Thankfully, my work has helped me keep abreast of all the latest developments, but having to teach helped me focus on the learning aspect even more.

I have also been fortunate in having the freedom to design my own course content, within the given framework. The experience of having created and presented multiple presentations to different audiences helped here.

Of course, as with any new venture, there is continuous scope to learn and improve further. And this is something I intend to do.

If any readers have any tips on what they enjoyed most while teaching, or indeed while being taught, please do comment. Thanks!