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SPPU - Varsity initiates business management course

PUBLISH DATE 21st August 2017

Varsity initiates business management course for soon-to-retire BEG personnel

The department of management sciences of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) started a one-week special course on business management for soon-to-retire personnel of the Bombay Engineering Group (BEG) on Wednesday .

The course is for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) as well as soldiers of Other Ranks (OR) of the BEG.It aims to acquaint the soldiers with nuances of business management so that they can start their own business after retirement.

The idea of the course was conceptualised by BEG Commandant Brigadier Dheeraj Mohan. Speaking to TOI, Captain CM Chitale (retd), professor emeritus of the department of management sciences, SPPU, said, “The course was formulated after detailed deliberation with the army authorities. As a part of the course, our professors will visit the BEG centre and deliver lectures on various subjects like converting idea into business, role of bank, agribusiness and so on.“

Besides the lectures, the course also includes visits to famous business houses to give soldiers practical orientation.

The department is already running a course for disab led soldiers at Queen Mary Technical Institute (QMTI) for the last two years. In fact, eight batches have successfully completed this course, so far. “Many beneficiaries of the course are already running various businesses successfully in their respective states, which is a very good sign,“ Chitale said. Professor Prafulla Pawar, head of the department, said during service, the soldiers do not get enough exposure to the civil society . “Hence, they struggle to mix with the society post-retirement. This course will certainly make them analyse and understand the areas they need to focus on in the future,“ he added.

Meanwhile, a senior army officer from the BEG told TOI on Monday , “Post-retirement rehabilitation is one of the major aspects of welfare of the lower rank personnel.Most of the soldiers have limited government job opportunities after retirement.Thus, many work in private security agencies.“

He said while serving in the force, they acquire some special trades and qualities.“If they utilise their knowledge for their personal gain, it will certainly bring about positive results,“ the officer added.

As many as 100 soldiers get retired from the BEG every month.

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