The business schools in India today are vibrant centers where aspiring managers can participate in intense competition driven by ambition and intelligence. They serve as incubators for the future business leaders, and there is a high demand for institutions that can meet the needs of 21st-century students. As a result, LEAD College of Management has emerged as a leading provider of top-notch business management education, actively contributing to the development of capable managers who are prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.
Situated in the serene and captivating surroundings at the foothills of Dhoni, LEAD College campus offers a picturesque location for its programs. The institution benefits from its convenient proximity to major transportation hubs, with Palakkad KSRTC bus station, municipal bus stand, and town bus stand located just 10 km away, while Palakkad Junction railway station is a mere 5 km distance. Additionally, the college is conveniently positioned 60 km away from Coimbatore International Airport.
Since its establishment in 2011, LEAD College of Management has witnessed remarkable growth over a span of thirteen years. The significant increase in student enrollment from 120 to 300 stands as a clear testament to the institution’s commitment to excellence. Moreover, the management eagerly anticipates the arrival of 360 students in the upcoming year.
The management is proud of the fact that the b-school is home to diverse groups of students from various specializations. “As far as I know, there are only nine colleges in all of India that have nearly 300 seats allocated for MBA, and we are proud to be one of them”, shared ecstatically – Dr. Thomas George K, the Director of the b-school. Continuing on his above point he added – “Another distinctive aspect of our college is its practical approach to education, as opposed to a purely theoretical approach”.
Unique in Every Way
LEAD College of Management has implemented a unique schedule wherein students work continuously for 40 days, incorporating weekends, public holidays, and even local events such as Bandh or Hartal, which are prevalent in Kerala. Following this intensive 40-day period, students are granted one week of holidays to return home. The college organizes buses for students to travel back to their respective districts in Kerala, and they reconvene on the 7th day. This break also allows faculty members, who are located across the country, to spend time with their families.
Importantly, LEAD College of Management operates regular classes from 8:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the evening, incorporating ample break time for lunch. This schedule allows students to benefit from 11 hours and 45 minutes of study time, enabling them to attend classes, have meals, and rest appropriately. Additionally, from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening, the college offers classes that are not part of the university syllabus, focusing on self-improvement and evaluation. Furthermore, after 9:00 PM, various programs and assemblies are held, bringing together students, teachers, the college administration, including the chairman. Thanks to the comprehensive Residential Setup, the college creates an environment where it actively engages in listening to student concerns, delivering important announcements, and fostering a strong sense of community. This setup enables the college to organize and facilitate these events and opportunities effectively.
Furthermore, LEAD College of Management is known for its Lead Operating Team (LOT), who hold a very important role in the smooth running of the b-school. Under this system, each faculty member is assigned 15 students, where the mentors take up the full responsibility of ensuring overall success and well-being of the students. The faculty members also maintain regular communication with parents, reaching out to them every two weeks.
Even after graduation, the mentor maintains contact with the students, offering guidance and assistance in areas such as job placement, projects, internships, and other relevant aspects. The college boasts a robust alumni network, with alumni residing in locations such as Dubai, Qatar, and soon in the UK. This network actively supports one another, providing assistance and guidance, particularly during challenging times like the COVID pandemic.
At LEAD, it is customary to organize a variety of programs, including the Management Development Program (MDP), for corporate executives amidst the breathtaking beauty of Dhoni hills. This practice not only facilitates professional development but also allows students to immerse themselves in the untamed beauty and thrill of nature.
MBA at LEAD
LEAD College of Management is dedicated to providing value-based education in business administration and delivering tailored training, research, and consultancy services. The institution’s primary objective is to shape students into globally competent and socially committed managers and entrepreneurs. The faculty plays a pivotal role in transmitting the institution’s vision, goals, and objectives to the students, going beyond traditional classroom teaching and curriculum through various student orientation programs. Moreover, the mission and goals of the institution are effectively communicated to the students and other stakeholders through channels such as the institution’s website, admission brochure, and quality manuals.
The institute offers an AICTE-approved MBA course and is affiliated with the University of Calicut. It provides specializations in areas such as Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, International Business, and Systems.
Empowering Innovators, Igniting Entrepreneurs
LEAD College of Management emphasizes the empowerment of society by nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit within its LEADers. The institution provides specialized training and practical experience that delves deeply into the intricacies of starting a new venture. The project work assigned to students consistently prioritizes this aspect.
LEAD College of Management also provides mandatory support to their students in terms of performance, pricing, and other aspects, which is an integral part of their research efforts. And all the faculty members actively participate in various faculty training programs (FTPs) conducted in premium institutions. “Our faculty members attend these programs and bring back valuable knowledge and experiences, which we strongly support”, added – Dr. Thomas George K.
Additionally, LEAD has participated in government-funded projects focused on developing sectors such as road transport, including collaborations with organizations like Milma, the Kerala Milk Marketing Society, and has undertaken numerous projects in different areas, including international collaborations such as the Sindra Juices project in Nepal, where all the students conducted market studies and delivered comprehensive reports.
While LEAD is slowly moving towards an entrepreneurship-focused approach in the coming years, the b-school already has an incubation center on our campus called LEAD BI. It is a registered incubation center where the students have dedicated space to work. Moreover, the institute provides seed funding of up to 1,00,000 for the students to start their businesses. And, a wide range of consultants, mentors, accountants, cost accountants, advocates, and bank managers are present in the panel who provide guidance and support to the students.
“As a member of Kerala Startup Mission and Kerala Institute for Entrepreneurship Development (KIED), we collaborate with various organizations and institutions to provide extensive exposure and opportunities for our students”, concluded the Director.
Dr. Thomas George K – Director
Dr. Thomas George, the esteemed founder of LEAD College of Management, holds a remarkable Guinness World Record for delivering the “Longest Business Lesson” without interruption, lasting an impressive 72 hours. His academic achievements include a B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication, an M.Sc. in Applied Psychology, an MBA from Calicut University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Prior to establishing LEAD College of Management, Dr. Thomas George has actively contributed to the development of youth through his involvement with ‘Turning Point,’ a renowned training program since 2000. He has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Edupreneur of the Year Award 2016 from Palakkad Management Association, the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award 2015 from NFED, and the Best Institution Builder Award from NIPM (National Institute of Personnel Management).