Editor’s Note
 Induction Programme
 This is our AIM
 Faculty Development Program
 Users Convention
 Special Lectures
 International Financial
 Seminar Conferences
 Call for Contributions
 Industry Interface
 Campus Update
 Congratulations & Celebrations
 Additions to AIM Parivar
 About Pace
 Through The Window


The Institute is in search of excellence in the field of management education. Its range of academic activities includes teaching, research,training consultancy so as to continuously create intellectual capital.

  Special Lectures

  A special lecture was organized in the institute on May30, 2008 on the topic “Trends in Telecommunication Industry”. Lecture was delivered by Ms. Celia Desmond, President, World Class Telecommunication, Canada and was jointly hosted by the IEEE Delhi section. Ms. Desmond has been a well known personality in the field of Telecommunication and has been on a number of senior positions in the IEEE including 2007 IEEE Director and Secretary. In the lecture she started with a brief history of the modern telecommunication and outlined the value chain and main categories of players in the Telecom industry. She presented a survey of the global Telecom Industry starting from the early 2000 with specific focus on the leading countries.  
  Both the growth as well as well as breakdowns in the Telecom business was discussed in different sector of manufacturing and services. She also talked about a number of new technologies involved in the future dimensions of the Telecommunication. While talking about the role of telecommunication education, Ms. Desmond put a strong emphasis on the distance and online courses. She mentioned the leading Universities offering online Telecom courses. The lecture was attended by faculty members of Delhi University, GGSIP University and Amity University along with the AIM faculty. Dr. R G. Gupta (Chairman, IEEE–Delhi Section) lauded the work done by Ms. Desmond in the field of communications and Prof. Vikas Kumar thanked the speaker on behalf of institute.

An Interactive Session
An interactive session was held on June 04, 2008 for the faculty members of Asia Pacific Institute of management in the institute premises. The key speakers were Prof. A.K. Banerjee of IIM, Calcutta and Prof. Umesh Bahadur of S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.

The Session was felicitated by the Director Prof. D.K. Banerjee. A wide variety of topics ranging from HR aspects of business, challenges in management education, bridging of gap between theory and practical aspects of management were discussed and brought to fore. The session was highly engaging and found to be extremely relevant by the faculty.

Paper Presented by Faculty
  • Prof. Piali Halder presented a paper at National Seminar on “Structural changes in Market Dynamics” at Rajdhani College of Engineering & Management on “Study on Rural Consumer Behaviour with Reference to Toothpaste” held on 3rd & 4th May 2008 at Bhubaneswar.

This paper attempts to probe the consumption pattern of the rural consumer with reference to toothpaste. The FMCG producers have now realized that there is lots of opportunity for them in the rural market. The main reason behind this opportunity is to raise income and lifestyle of the rural consumers. It has been observed that in most of the product categories the rural market is growing faster than the urban market. The buying behaviour and consumption pattern of rural consumers are different from the urban consumers. Under this condition this study of rural consumer behaviour on toothpaste consumption will throw some light on spending pattern and consumption behaviour of the rural consumer for improving their lifestyle. Although the rural markets offer immense potential for growth, but the market is considerably different from the urban market. The companies entering rural market must bring about strategic changes and not tactical changes to gain the rural consumers. There is a need to explore the rural market for greater clarity, and to construct a gaining strategy for successful penetration in rural market. This paper tries to attract the attention of the researchers and practicing managers by giving recommendations for improving brand image and suggestions for increasing the sale of toothpaste.

Faculty Publications
Prof. Pravin Kumar’s paper was published in ‘Proceedings of GLOGIFT 08, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, pp. 262-273, titled ‘Modeling the Enablers of Agile Manufacturing System’.
The article was coauthored by Pravin Kumar, Ravi Shankar and Surendra S. Yadav, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

Free trade policies, globalization of economy, and continuous changes in technology have increased competition among the manufacturers. Identification of customer need and its rapid fulfillment become more important for manufacturers as well as suppliers. The needs for flexible, rapid, cost effective and high quality product development have led to the concept of agile manufacturing. In this paper, various enablers of agile manufacturing system have been analyzed and terrelationships have been developed using ISM (interpretive structural modeling). These enablers are classified with different driving powers and dependencies. This paper may help the manufacturers and suppliers for rapid product development by identifying the enablers as drivers and dependence and integrating the entire systems.

Keywords: Agility, Flexibility, Lean Manufacturing, and Concurrent Engineering.

Prof. Vikas Kumar’s article was published in ICFAI Journal of Systems Management, Vol. VI, No.1, February 2008, Pp.29-38, titled “Hybrid Telecommunication Management Network”.

Management of the networks becomes an important issue as the complexity of networks is increasing day by day too. Telecommunication Management Network (TMN) is being used a de facto standard for the management of telecommunication networks for a number of years. But as the internet traffic is increasing day by day and different kind of traffic in being integrated into the internet protocol, there a strong need for the development of a hybrid network management system, which can cater to the management issues corresponding to the different technologies, vendors and the environments. Hybrid architecture has been proposed to create a centralized network management system which can take care of all the NMS available corresponding to the different technologies and systems. The new proposed architecture will consist of open, distributed and scalable management architecture for IP connectivity services over the hybrid transport networks such as ATM, SDH and WDM. The hybrid architecture will support multi-vendor, multi-technology environments and will be a real solution for the present day heavy IP traffic . Since most of present day management solutions are based on the TMN, a good comparison of the methodologies based on CMIS / SNMP protocols is being carried out giving various aspects
of management and a relationship for bandwidth has been derived.

Prof. Vikas Kumar’s article was published in the ‘Proceedings of ISTE Day 2008 Conference on Technology for Rural India: Challenges and Perspectives, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi, May 31 & June 1, 2008, pp 58-62 titled “Role of Electronics and Communication Technologies in Education for Rural India: A Learner’s View”. The article was coauthored by Vikas Kumar, Aashish Bhardwaj, and Anil Vohra

E-learning is an emerging field with many groups and standardization bodies contributing to make it more popular and effective. This paper finds different e-learning terminologies, nomenclatures and architectures adopted by different stake holders. Different people have well focused the individual aspects of e-learning, but there is difficulty in joining different threads while applying them in real scenario. This results into cluster of information and e-learning [3]. This needs a platform where stake holders needs to share metadata of e-learning contents as well as discuss important issues related to interoperability, operation, utilization and other aspects. India has launched world first satellite, EDUSAT, working dedicatedly for education. It will facilitate the members from different educational organizations like UGC, CEC, IGNOU, NCERT etc. to join, collaborate and work together to achieve defined goal and objectives. Other effective e-learning models have been given by researchers from time to time. Besides technology aspect, both the facilitator & the learner help in completion of the learning process through net. However the learner, who is the end user of the system, is the most important element in the process. This paper gives an insight of the learner’s aspect in the e-learning process and different models for e-learning.

Prof. Vikas Kumar’s article was published in ICFAI, Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. IV, No.2, June 2008, Pp.32-37, titled “Sensitivity Analysis of a High Gain TWT using HFSS”. The article was coauthored by Vikas Kumar and Vishnu Srivastava.

Dispersion shaping is the most important concern in ensuring the stability of a traveling wave tube. Dispersion with respect to variation in helix parameters (a) pitch (b) tape width (c) tape thickness (d) relative permittivity of the dielectric support rods has been studied. The helix structure for the Ku Band helix TWT was simulated using the Ansoft HFSS simulator and the dispersion graphs were plotted. Sensitivity of the propagation constant and interaction impedance with respect to change in the helix parameters have been predicted.

Prof. Rakesh Kumar’s article was published in The ICFAI Journal of Applied Finance in April 2008, tilted, “Portfolio Performance in Relation to Risk & Return, and Effect of Diversification: A Test of Market Efficiency” The Article was coauthored by Rakesh Kumar and Raj S Dhankar

The paper attempts to validate efficient market hypothesis in Indian stock market by examining the relationship between risk and return. The paper also examines the possibility of diversification effect on portfolio risk, which is the composite of market and non-market risk. The study relies on daily, weekly, and monthly adjusted opening and closing prices of BSE 100 composite portfolios for the period of June 1996 through May 2005. The findings suggest that the relationship between portfolio return and risk is very weak, based on daily return. It is moderate in the case of weekly return. However, portfolio risk and return exhibit a high degree of positive relationship when monthly return is used. Portfolio non-market risk shows a declining tendency with diversification.