Man is always in interaction with people wherever he is and wherever he goes. The importance of people skills and life skills cannot be underestimated. How well we meet , treat and love people makes for a good environment both at work and at home.
Many interviewers ask candidates “Tell me about yourself.” This ‘yourself’ is what we want to groom in a natural way that every being becomes essentially a good person.
At ALPS, we are a close-knit intellectual group striving constantly to provide the best for our client as nothing better than the best is acceptable. A cheerful and happy team we are, to share the knowledge we have and provide it to people so as to cherish this beautiful place, our world.
We at ALPS define world as whatever the geographical boundaries you give it. At a point of time, it is your place of study while it is the place of work later and home for all times to come. The world is more beautiful when we possess and use the best of peoples’ skills and make our lives beautiful. Yes, Life is beautiful.
Dr Suryakumari Duggirala
Founder President and Faculty-Corporate Communication
Life Skills Coach, Dr Suryakumari, an academician turned entrepreneur says, at heart she is always a teacher. The Founder-President of The ALPS, The Academy of Life and People Skills, Prof Surya teaches Corporate Communication and Behavioral Sciences in addition to Economics in several B-Schools of Chennai like Amity, IMU and IIKM. She is also a certified Barefoot Counselor of the Chennai Counselors Federation. Her company’s USP is that they customize training programs according to the need of the client and thus each program is niche on its own. They have clients from the corporate, the college and the school.
Placement Grooming has been Dr Surya’s forte at Universities while Stress-Proof Yourself has been one of her popular modules at several prominent schools. Her Employee Engagement modules have won accolades at the Corporate sector.
She has more than 25 years of work experience in teaching, research and the industry. Previously, she was with Citibank as a Quality Analyst where she notably designed 300+ templates for customer communication. She had undertaken research in environmental economics at NEERI, CSIR, Nagpur and conducted several socio-economic reviews for national and international projects of UNIDO, UNDP.
She is associated as HR Faculty with the NGO, MOHAN Foundation that is a pioneer institute in coordinating Organ transplants in the country. At Vajra, an NGO that trains girl school dropouts in self-defense skills, she has developed a unique pedagogy of singing and role-play to teach them English. At Involve-IIT-M, the NGO started by students of IIT-M, that engages in peer-teaching, she conducts Life Skills for the students. Prof Surya, a frequent blood donor has pledged all her organs.
Dr Surya has been nominated as Expert Member – Healthcare Sector Skill Council, India for Transplant Coordinators. She is one of 25 nominated from across the country and the only Life Skills Coach amongst senior doctors from top hospitals, the Defense hospitals and leading social workers of the country.
Dr Surya, a passionate speaker, an avid reader and writer has publications in Soft Skills and Economics. She is a frequent blood donor and has pledged all her organs. She is a regular winner in the National Car Rally for the Visually Impaired and the Duchess Car rally.
A creative person and a social thinker, Dr Surya is always game for anything new.
Prof. Chitra Mukunnan
HR Specialist-Recruitment & Training
Prof. Chitra, an MBA in Finance and Masters in PM&IR, has over 25 years of corporate, academic and training experience in HR and Soft Skills spanning different sectors like manufacturing, pharmaceutical, environmental, hospitality and education she has been able to upsurge rich industrial and training exposure. Starting out as Personnel Officer she rose to the level of VP-HR in the corporate world.
Her prime focus has been to facilitate participants to imbibe Life Skills not merely to step into the corporate world but also to climb the ladder of success in the chosen field with the right soft skills- hard skills combine.
She has taught in the capacity of an HR professor is various institutions like MSSW, IBS, ITM, Magnus, Madras University to name a few. Many of the students have won “Best SIP Awards” in their respective colleges and also in contests held by organizations. Her approach to training is solely based on KYA (Know Your Audience) concept.
She has developed several (practical) training programs and consultancy services to suit various industries and B schools that provide clients value-added training. 100 per cent Placements has been a consistent record for Prof Chitra.
She has also published HR related articles in leading HR magazines and has won appreciation from various leading HR professors and professionals. She has written and successfully published a book – “Employee Engagement- Concepts and Cases”. She has not only contributed but also edited the magazines and journals brought out by IBS.
She has undertaken various corporate training programs in leading organizations. Some of her programs are well sought after and she travels across the country to deliver them. Her pedagogy is unique and connects well with the audience. Her on-the-job training given to select employees have improved their performance and bettered their attitude towards their assignments.
As a Rotarian, she leads several programs involving child development and mentoring into various avenues. She is actively involved in the Career Guidance Bridging Programs and Leadership Training Programs that the Rotary takes up for schools under its umbrella. She is the Editor of the weekly bulletin of the club – Tower talk which has won laurels in the district.
Prime Areas: Communication, Motivation, Attitude, Personal Growth, Character Building, Group Discussions, Interview Techniques, Presentation Skills, Negotiation Skills, Team Building, Leadership Skills.
Dr. Vasuki Mathivanan
Consultant Psychologist – Founder, Explore Counselling, IAPS
Dr Vasuki has obtained her Ph.D. degree in Psychology from Madras University. She has exposure in the field of teaching, counseling, training, research guidance and psychological assessment for about 17 years in diversified work environments. She started her career as a freelance psychologist and then worked for organizations such as ALOHA INDIA, V-Reach, Ericsson India Pvt Ltd, Icfai Business School and St.Michael’s Academy.
She conducted workshops and seminars for various corporates, colleges, and schools. Few of her academic achievements included getting “Best Outstanding Student” award from J.B.A.S College for Women, Chennai and nominated to visit China in relation with the Ph.D. Research work in 2004. Currently, she is the President of Chennai Counselors Foundation-A forum for Mental Health Professionals.
Her Publications include co-edited books, research articles, and case studies. She has also presented papers in International and National Conferences. She has conducted workshops and seminars on various topics in countries like the UK, Malaysia, Australia and Sri Lanka. She regularly does TV shows on popular Tamil channels.
Prime Areas: Mentoring and Counseling, Psychometric Testing and Feedback, Stress Management, Visualisation Techniques and Mnemonics
Mrs. Jyothi Raja
Honorary Speaker- Holistic Learning
Jyothi, is a teacher with a difference. A masters in psychology, she has over 25 years of experience comprising a blend of mentoring, tutoring, developing and motivating children and parents all through the academic life. She has been instrumental in conducting several counseling sessions for parents and students at various platforms of the academicia and social forums like the ROTARY and JAYCEES. Positive thinking, personality issues and ethical norms emphasizing on familial bonding is her forte.
Prime Areas: Positive Thinking, Ethical Behaviour, Stress Management, Family Bonding, Event Management, Organisational Skills
Dr. Sridevi Dutt
Honorary Facilitator-Lateral Thinking
Dr. D. Sridevi a doctorate in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, is Associate Professor and Head of the Dept. of Electronics, L. A. D. College, Nagpur, a pioneering institute of women’s education in central India. She has over 25 research publications to her credit in national and international journals, seminars and conferences. Her current areas of research interest spanning over 25 years are nano-science and technology and solid state physics.
She has been in charge of Training and Placement activities of the college and has organized and conducted many national and international conferences, seminars, poetry festivals and theatre workshops in personality and life skills enhancement. She is also involved in mentoring of students, Human Rights Cell of the college.
Her training modules are interspersed with lateral thinking puzzles and encourage a fusion of creativity and innovation which has generated proactive thinking amongst the participants.
Prime Areas: Innovation, Creativity, Lateral Thinking, Puzzles, Quiz, Thinking on your Feet, Theatre and Drama, Organisational Skills.