Coronavirus Impact : SIBM to Teach Cooking as a Life Skill to Management Students

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM) is planning to conduct workshops/practical sessions on basic cooking for all their MBA, MBA (I&E), and MBA (L&S) students to help them during this time of coronavirus lockdown.

Due to the COVID-19 impact and the subsequent lockdown, social distancing has become a new way of life, which has made many youngsters especially the ones who stay alone, take up new life skills such as cooking. Many of them are being forced to learn cooking as there is no other option during the prevailing crisis. The ones who don’t know how to cook are taking lessons from YouTube, their friends and families. This has prompted B-schools to think of something which can help these youngsters who will be the future managers and will need different skills sets to survive. In the light of the above, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIBM) is planning to conduct workshops/practical sessions on cooking for all their MBA, MBA (I&E), and MBA (L&S) students. During the induction of the postgraduate management programme, the students will be given lessons on how to cook rice (with or without using a pressure cooker), how to make rotis, dal, a simple dry dish and a gravy dish.

Dr Ramakrishnan Raman, SIBM Pune Director and the Dean of Faculty of Management, Symbiosis International University said that cooking is a basic life skill and it is never too late to learn. Since the postgraduate management students are taught management concepts so that they are ready for the corporate world, ‘basic cooking’ is essential for them to survive.

In order to equip students with the basic cooking skills, SIBM is planning to collaborate with Symbiosis School of Culinary Arts (SSLA) which also comes under Symbiosis International University.

While many institutes are focused on work from home and virtual classes, there are B-schools like SIBM which are coming up with such innovative ideas which will prove to be beneficial for the students in the long run.

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