International Competitiveness

Take the challenge of life by learning @ competitiveness

 Since most of the learners do not know @ competitiveness, we receive lot of questions. This is true for even IIT Bombay, a leading institute of competitiveness research. So here you go; FAQ’s related to the course, we are proud about.

What’s the course?

The course is about an emerging concept ‘International Competitiveness’ that has high relevance for capable learners at IITB. Key objective of the course is to give sound basics and new perspectives to learners.  By effectively participating and contributing to the course, a conscientious learner should be able to:

  • Develop an understanding about the concept, importance and processes of competitiveness / excellence
  • Learn about the fundamentals of competitiveness using relevant resources: from articles, caselets to online learning resources, papers, books
  • Identify practical dimensions through discussion of cases and caselets
  • Give practical ideas and change agenda through challenging projects for competitiveness of ventures / firms

What’s unique @ the course?

IIT Bombay is among few institutions in the world (e.g. Harvard) to offer Competitiveness course.  IIT Bombay has been contributing significantly to competitiveness research (for example see at Google Scholar, ResearchGate,..).

The course is developed based on years of research, teaching and outreach to industry in Competitiveness.  The course was first offered at IITB in 2012 and has been upgraded  over the years.

The course has been designed to impart distinctive skills, knowledge and perspectives to committed learners. Following are the few elements of this holistic learning opportunity for IIT students.  Here is just a glimpse of  elements that make it a great learning opportunity for IITB students:

  • Opportunity to learn and compete in projects dealing in competitiveness of Industries and firms.
  • Interaction with past learners, professionals and executives from leading firms and ventures.
  • Challenge options to learn, practice, compete and excel on different fronts –Intellectual, Physical, Social,

Why shall we take it? Now?

Opportunities to take such challenge courses come once in lifetime. You can look at the challenges being taken by past learners and the heights some are aspiring to climb.

These are just a few of the learners of the course in different walks of LIFE:

Corporate: Aman Shah (Nomura Consulting),..Anuj Karkare (Enpro),…

Research: Pranusha, Karan Gupta

Entrepreneurship / Adventure:  Vivek Shivde, Ketan Bhokray

This year the course comes with newer contexts, concepts and case studies. The course is a once in 2 year opportunity.  The course on a distinct and significant subject like International Competitiveness is definitely not the one you want to miss this year!!!

When is it slotted?

The course is offered in Institute Elective slot (slot 6; Wed. & Fri., 11:00-12:30). Venue will class room 4 (CR4; 2nd Floor in SJMSOM building).

 What to plan?

Its an interesting yet demanding and challenging course, we suggest a systematic approach for swift adaptation, progress and learning. Here are key suggestions:

Since this is high intensity, challenging course, we suggest that you plan systematically to have higher match and learning that you can apply.  Here are key suggestions:

  • Must Complete the form to access material, information, etc.
  • Keep your updated CV & SoP ready to be shared any stage of selection (we prefer to have higher match of your learning interests & course)
  • Plan to have adequate time for this course during Jan.-May 2018; schedule your other high intensity courses/projects to minimize overlaps

For any additional questions, clarifications


Republic Day Biathlon 2017

The IITB Biathlon climbs 10th step

What can be a better way to start the group challenge of 2017, the best year of the block of few years to vision 2020. Governments across levels in India have been working hard to accelerate growth.  If with that, some real ventures grow fast, including internationally, we will have more exciting jobs, careers and future. Having crossed the milestones such as 10,000 students, IIT Bombay (IITB) is also embarking multiple actions under a strategic plan 2017-20.  We at the Group on Competitiveness (GoC) are proud @ contributions we have made for research in the area, as well as, CSR.  10th IITB Biathlon is a good example of that CSR. Thanks to significant advance planning, response in registration was better. More importantly, conversion rate was far better, and we had more than 100 enthusiastic participants, including good  participation from M.Mgt., veteran athletes, regular practitioners and many first timers.  Important lessons emerged for many interested learners.

Here is just a glimpse of key highlights of the 10th Biathlon:

  • Enthusiasm of participants was amazing, many reported before time
  • Start was given by Reddy Coach, the veteran behind many initiatives on campus such as Swimathon
  • Participation in women category was far better this year; lead was provided by BTechs
  • Spirit of run was stronger and many could complete the full biathlon, perhaps highest in recent events; several people who got late, ran with enthusiasm
  • Regular practice helps in climbing heights. Some of the winners of this triathlon (see Table) practice regularly and have already completed full/half marathons/swimmathons or higher with good timing
  • Professor Sameer Jadhav, Chairman Sports, graced the occasion to witness the spirit and give medals to winners in different categories (a photo below; many more can be seen at the link)
  • On this auspicious occasion, winners were also given event T-shirts having creative design, thanks to efforts by IITB Sports Council

Table:  Leading athletes in different categories

Students-Male (5km run+7km cycling)
1st position Kuldeep Singh
2nd position Anand Gaurav
3rd position Manoj Kumar
Campusites-Male (5km run+7km cycling)
1st position Sahil Sharma
2nd position Vagish Prasad
3rd position Prof. Harish Phularia
Students+Campusites-Female(1.4 km run+5km cycling)
1st position Dhruti Shah
2nd position Tanya Singh
3rd position Mahika Raghunathan



All winners of different categories with Reddy Coach, volunteers and mentors

Winners in different categorieswith Reddy Coach, volunteers and mentors 

Such noble initiatives couldn’t have sustained without active contributions of several stakeholders. We remember several energetic youth who have contributed significantly to this 10 mile journey of IITB Biathlon, e.g. Pranusha, Ankur, Lalit and Vivek.  Sneha and team of researchers, Rahul, Vishwas and Rayees, have contributed significantly to this event. They have been building on good work of other researchers at SJMSOM.  Some of them have done very exciting experiments in research (as can be seen from their basic knowledge shared; pl. visit the urls by clicking,…).  Dhondi Sai Krishna, an amazing photographer has been contributing to Biathlon. Get a feel for event through his beautiful photography.

From coaching community, Dr. Reddy Coach has been a source of strong support. Prof. Sameer Jadhav, Prof. Sharat Chandran, Prof. B K Chakravarthy,…have all been contributing. Institute sports council has been cooperating for the event for years. This year, Aditya Kumawat, Sahil Dhingra and his team put considerable efforts. We thank all of above and many other hidden contributors, whom we couldn’t acknowledge here.

With such a milestone, we hope to plan next level event in coming planning cycle, once team has been trained adequately.  We are getting feel for difficulties ahead and hence are looking for associates keen on next level challenges. Wish to explore such evolving experiments, build capabilities through unique courses such as ‘International Competitiveness’ and the multi-stage selection process to take the challenge of becoming an associate of IITB ‘Group on Competitiveness’.

We are pleased to invite you to an information event at IITB that will bring professors of several leading Japanese universities to interact directly with IITB students keen on doing research in Japan. If you are keen, keep evening of March 9 free, and seek out details.