engagement and culture are at the heart of SP Jain School of Global Management. I write this as it all
started with a simple email from our President, Nitish Jain, triggered by a conversation
with our Global Director (Counseling & Coaching Center) based in Dubai, Bijal Oza, on how we should use
this lockdown period amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for doing good
things like building immunity, learning something or looking after elderly
Upon that, Mr Jain shared that he took to jogging to build his health
and immunity. “I managed to do this on Saturday eve (before the lockdown in
India). Yes, times are tough. But we need to be even tougher! Remain calm,
remain positive and use your time wisely,” said Mr Jain on an email to all
In response, staff from our campuses based in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore
and Sydney shared their tips and interesting ways of being engaged, positive
posts and knowledge for mental wellbeing. Read on as we exchange practices to
boost mental wellness in times of social distancing and lockdowns due to COVID-19.
Nothing like a good
Dr Nicolas Hamelin, Associate Professor and Neuroscience Lab Director
based in the Sydney campus, shared that being in isolation has inspired him to
be more fit. He drew inspiration from the recent news about using balconies to run marathons and stay fit!
In the same vein,
Krishnapriya Nandakumar, Manager for Industry Interface Projects based in Dubai,
shared her top tips to break a sweat in 10 minutes with a cardio workout. “Try exercises
like Jumping Jacks, Worm Walk (at your own pace), Boxing Jabs (both hands) and Mountain Climbers (at your own pace). Repeat this for 4 sets and you
have yourself a complete workout!”
Home Cooking Experiments
Dr Gulnara Karimova, Assistant Professor based in Dubai, ordered delicious treats from the CIS grapevine’s home cooks and shared her plans for Easter. “You can order pryaniki in the shape of eggs and rabbits.”
While, Smita Jain, Director – Master in
Global Luxury Goods & Services Management based in Mumbai, also shared a
picture of her first attempt at making a dish for dinner at home.
Spending Time with Family
Continuing the positive chain of thought, Bijal Oza wrote, “Something I’d
like to share is how I start my mornings practising Mindfulness with my 8-month-old
daughter 😇 I call this practice my ‘Morning Mindful Coffee’.”
Sameet Pradhan, Manager – Talent Management based in Mumbai, shared, “I dedicated some time post-work to my son by being a silent observer to help him enhance his drawing skills.”
Gratitude and Yoga
Ana Jeremiah, Life Coach & Counsellor – Postgraduate Programs based in Singapore, is thankful and sees the positive as we overcome this crisis together. She shared an interesting video on coronavirus and gratitude, and raised a relevant thought, “The irony of it but, truly, hasn’t it stopped the world in its tracks?”
Dr Parimal Merchant, Director – Global Family Managed Business, shared an
insightful personal reflection note on ‘Journey to becoming better human being:
What for am I doing, what I am doing?’
Self-Learning & Research – Push Your Limits
Our professors have upped their teaching game with the
use of e-learning tools to ensure the learning process continues. A huge shout-out
to all our professors around the world taking classes and mentoring students!
He also shared a quirky perspective on ‘Gaming COVID-19’ – defeating the virus by playing a game! FoldIt (click here for more) is a well-recognised platform to help solve the Protein Folding problem. Knowledge of molecular biology is not needed. School children find this game addictive as they solve the complex maze of puzzles visually, while in reality they are generating a large number of possible combinations for protein structures in the background.
Dr. Gulnara shares that she loves doing research, “I am currently working on a Polyphonic Model for Organizational Identity and Archetypal Artificial Intelligence.”
Vikram Pandya, Director – Fintech based in Mumbai, posed two tricky questions:
How many people a single bullet can kill?
What is the costliest meal ever that anyone has had?
He also shared a different
perspective on “How to learn” rather than “What to learn”.
Question/Problem-Solution based learning: Start with whatever topic or area you are interested in or curious about and start researching about the same. This journey will take you across multiple different topics that you never knew about. For instance, Mr. Pandya started with COVID-19 Economic Impact and Recommendation which gave him interesting insights on the global economy and the Indian situation which he has summarised in that article.
Go through some of the concepts given below which are important in the current situation:
Check out this simulation to understand the spread of coronavirus and why social distancing is important. If you are an expert and would like to build a more complex simulation, then you can use this free but powerful tool.
Current hoarding behaviour is soon going to give rise to Bullwhip or Forrester effect. You can watch this video to understand more.
Smita Jain shared, “During these
uncertain times, one thing we can be certain of is ourselves, our individual
approach and our ability to adapt to the changing times.”
“I have personally
taken up the challenge to add more skills to my existing skill set. I am
currently trying to learn oil painting on canvas and, hopefully, I’ll add some
more skills such as cooking and meditation. Sharing a picture of my first oil
painting on canvas. Being a person who loves colour, I couldn’t resist using as
many colours as possible.”
Sujith Sivan, IT Manager based in Dubai, wrote, “Art, in any form, be it
crafting, writing, sketching, dancing or absolutely anything, has proven to be
a great stress-buster
and it has a major role in contributing toward healthy living and
Dr Rajiv Aserkar,Professor &
Head of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, said that he is catching up on his
reading list and shared details of e-book resources and online literary
While Dr Monica Gallant loves to craft, she ironically found some Corona yarn and crocheted the
Adopt, Adapt & Transform:
4 Cities become stronger
Even with all the creative vents that our colleagues have resorted to – it just shows how we’ve taken a little time to appreciate the ‘small pleasures of life’ that we typically take for granted. That said, being a global school with 4 different locations – our ability to report and coordinate between and in different cities i.e Dubai, Sydney, Singapore and Mumbai is getting stronger and stronger. We can naturally take on tasks head-on, coordinate, connect and deliver work. As majority of our professors and students quickly transition from physical classrooms to virtual ones; program offices work seamlessly to track courses, attendance, exams and more; IT teams act as a solid foundation to bridge communication and technicalities and staff with different responsibilities adopt and adapt to using alternative methods to undertake their respective responsibilities.
What May: Quality Work Endures
these testing times, a big kudos to our management at each campus who are at
the crux to ensure smooth facilitation of all academic and non-academic work.
As Jacquelynne Alday, Program Manager – Undergraduate Programs – Dubai, aptly
quotes Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, saying,
“Schools are shut, Education never stops.”
Stay safe, clean and happy 😊
About the Author: Megna Kalvani
Megna Kalvani is a Senior Manager for Global Learning & Student Life
at SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai Campus.