Look for an institute with new age courses in management: Dr. Asmita Chitnis, Director, SIIB Pune
While different B-schools have their own set of admission criteria, what should be the criterion for choosing a B-school for MBA aspirants? How industry expectations are changing in the increasingly globalised and evolving markets like India?
In this interview with Careers360, Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) Director Dr. Asmita Chitnis, shares her expert insights on the changing value of MBA education for different stakeholders including B-schools, MBA aspirants, and recruiters. She also speaks on broad aspects of MBA education in India and the USP of SIIB Pune management programmes.
Read below this special interview with Dr. Asmita Chitnis:
Careers360: How has the value of management education in India changed in the last 3-5 years? How do you foresee the MBA programme scenario in the coming 1-3 years?
Dr. Asmita Chitnis: The value of education can be seen from three perspectives. If you talk about students, first and foremost priority for them is a fast-track growth in terms of salary as well as job profile and designation. Only thereafter, value addition is considered to be a key reason to enroll them in an MBA program.
Due to fierce competition in the management education, most of the B-schools in India follow the top institutes like IIMs in terms of course curriculum, pedagogy and other aspects. But real catch in this is that although they try to imitate the best in the industry they face certain limitations in terms of quality of incoming students. Most B-schools in India have a mixed bag of students; freshers & non-freshers, engineers & non-engineers; the level of conceptual understanding varies and thus may be a point of concern in the applicability of theoretical learning. Hence, there is a greater need for these B-schools to tailor-fit their courses according to the clientele and it is the responsibility of the school to bring out the best in their students and make them top class contributors in any business.
Corporates on the other hand are always on the lookout for employable lot when it comes to campus hiring. They need job-ready students so that better job fitment can be ensured.
Traditionally, the Indian system of education is more focused on theoretical learning rather than experiential learning which has greater applicability. Unless and until we revamp the current Indian education system by making it more innovative, skill-based and industry relevant, the change is hard to achieve. In the management education, encouraging students to work on live projects, involving them in research work and more importantly, sending them on internship for a longer period of time, could be some of the solutions to make this happen.
Careers360: SIIB has a niche Agri-Business programme. What are the changing industry expectations from graduates with such specialization? What are the key opportunities available for such graduates?
Dr. Asmita Chitnis: The MBA in Agri-business course at SIIB is structured to cater to the changing business scenario globally. The subjects like Rural Marketing, Micro Finance, Commodity trading etc. prepare students for the potential that Agriculture as a field has.
Added to this, the fact that it is a 2-year residential program ensures that students from Agri- Business stream get a great opportunity in terms of the kind of interaction they have in the course of their education, staying with students from diverse backgrounds, different programs and streams and different objectives. As a result they get a chance to develop excellent effective networks and simultaneously get an exposure in fields other than their own.
India being an agrarian economy and with the economy opening up due to the MAKE IN INDIA initiative, there is a gradual upward trend towards the emerging opportunities. Perspectives are changing globally and as such Agri-Business prospects are rising. Keeping in mind the changes in the global arena, SIIB changed its criteria for admission to Agri-Business course opening it to anyone who seeks a future in this field. This has also been done to have allied fields come along together and lead to more innovative, sustainable and future oriented solutions.
Careers360: What is the total intake in the flagship PG programme in Management in your institute? Also mention annual fee (excluding hostel charges) for the same?
Dr. Asmita Chitnis: The total intake for International Business at SIIB is 120. The annual fee for the course comes about to be Rs. 11,60,000/-(excluding hostel charges). As for now there has been no change in the fee structure as compared to the last session.
Careers360: What will be your selection criteria for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-18? Is there any institutional emphasis on gender and academic diversity to accommodate more female and non-engineer students?
Dr. Asmita Chitnis: Our website has all the information about the selection process.
a) For International Business: Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% (for SC / ST Categories: 45%) aggregate marks at the graduate level from a statutory University
b)For Agri-Business: Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree of any statutory University in Agriculture Sciences or Agriculture related discipline with minimum 50% (for SC / ST Categories: 45%) aggregate marks at Graduate level. Non Agriculture graduates from any statutory University with minimum 50% (for SC / ST Categories: 45%) marks at Graduate level with basic understanding of agriculture and agribusiness are also eligible to apply. Such candidates need to demonstrate their understanding and interest in agribusiness during the selection process. Candidates with relevant work experience will be given preference.
c) For Energy & Environment: Any Engineering graduate (BE / B. Tech.), B. Architecture, B.Sc. (Environmental Science) only with minimum 50% (for SC / ST Categories: 45%) aggregate marks at the graduate level from a statutory University are Eligible.
We always seek to have a good gender ratio in each of our programs that we offer. Also a great deal of academic diversity is one of our major determinants in our batch profile. However, a bit more preference is given to students with a prior relevant work- experience to ensure a prior exposure to the corporate world and the understanding of business ethos.
Careers360: What is the USP of your 2-year management programme which differentiates it from others? How do you plan to enrich your 2-year management programme in next 1-2 year?
Dr. Asmita Chitnis: The Unique Selling Point of our management program is majorly its diversity of students. Currently, students from across 29 states of India & 5 countries are represented in our institute. They get a chance to collaborate and work as a team. Our flagship event Leadership series picks different economic zone each year which is of great concern globally and students get to discuss on those topics through a platform like MUN (Model United Nations) which even got the backing of United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC).
The syllabus is aligned to International Business standards, with focus on industry relevant certifications like Six Sigma, Business Simulation, FIEO, EHS+, ISO training etc. The International Business program gives an edge to the students by acquainting them with various courses like Foreign Trade Policy, Global Strategic Management, Global Immersion Programme, International Logistics etc, which add up as a differentiating factor in the global business scenario. So is the case with our niche programs of Agri-Business and Energy & Environment which impart a unique and domain specific knowledge.
SIIB is also proud to be the college with maximum number of International Academic Collaborations under the SIU Umbrella.
In the coming years, more thrust has to be laid upon live projects and certifications which promote the students to think beyond the standard patterns that basic education provides. Implementation of what is taught in the real business world is necessary while learning it.
Careers360: Do you think the publications in peer reviewed journals, as indexed in international databases, are western bias (USA, UK)? What should be done to increase the number of publications in the management domain?
Dr. Asmita Chitnis: The publications in peer reviewed journals might have a bias, but that is attributed to mostly our poor paper presentation skills which are not up to the mark when we talk of international standards. Our education system doesn’t have the ecosystem in place to encourage students to publish more. In my opinion, the Faculty members need to publish more but for that they need to be trained to write in an expected way through Faculty Development programs. Also the fact that most publications cannot be seen beyond a piece of plagiarism is a major concern for most of the international renowned journals.
To add to this we do not have an ideology through which we can support students through Research grants and thereby ensure students take efforts to work in the field of research. Funding from Corporates to support Incubation labs and Innovation cells are limited to only few universities which needs to be broader based considering the Indian Dream that we all plan to achieve.
Careers360: Any message for the B-school aspirants?
Dr. Asmita Chitnis: In the rapidly changing economic and business landscape, need for managers with the global perspective and understanding International Business has become even more important for modern day organizations. Aspirants should look for an institute which is able to structure and deliver the new age courses in management which will make them job ready and will also help them to face the challenges of the corporate world from day one.
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if I m giving snap exam twice then I have to apply for symbiosis colleges twice ???
Hello there, hope you are doing good!
I would like to tell you that you do not have to apply for Symbiosis college twice even if you are giving the SNAP entrance exam twice. The university has provided the benefit to students this year who are on their second attempt of SNAP to apply with the best score between the two attempts.
Hope you found this answer helpful.
Good luck for your future!
Cutoff marks and rank for symbiosis medical college for woman pune of gen category?
Symbiosis Medical College for Women, Pune is one of the good private medical colleges of Maharashtra, which accepts admissions through NEET-UG every year.
For Gen : 58%
You can use this college predictor for checking the cutoff and availability as per rank for SMCW:
what is the neet cut off in symbiosis medical college, pune?
Hi Megha Nath,
Since you have not mentioned the category, I will give you cutoff percentiles of all categories.
- General: 58 percentile
- OBC: 58 percentile
- SC: 58 percentile
- ST: 58 percentile
However, this is the data from previous year, Cutoff changes every year depending upon various factors.
You can check which are the college that you have chances of getting admission in, using the following college predictor tool: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=qna&ici=qna_answer
i secured 309 marks in neet.....can i get symbiosis medical clg for women, pune?.... i m from Maharashtra obc category.
We all have known to the fact that without officially released cut-off marks it's quite difficult for anyone to give any accurate statement about the precise cut-off details of this year for any kind of instituions.
However regarding your query, at first I would like to recommend you to go through the previous year's cut-off details prominently from the official website of Symbiosis Medical College for Women (SMCW): https://smcw.edu.in/
So it becomes quite clear for you also that despite being reserved category student it's just one kind of impossible for you to get opportunity of studying in this renowned institution. Because in 2019 the last qualifying marks of MBBS department for OBC category student was more than 400 where in this year your marks is quite less than that.
Basically the cut-off marks is expected to be increased in this year depending on several determining factors, so it's just obvious that it can't be so much decreased to become 309. So in this context I suggest you to leave the hope in your preferable instituion.
You may check the following website for further details:
You can also predict your admission chances by Careers360 NEET College predictor tool:
Wish you all the best !!!
I secured around 3 lakh air and i m from Maharashtra ,category obc,can i get symbiosis medical college pune with these rank?
At a neet air of 3 lakh you have no chances at state quota or all india quota the cutoff is around 450+ and also this year cutoff has increase significantly.
you can still apply for private or deemed institutions with a annual fee of around 10lakh to 20 lakh per annum or drop a year and prepare and take the neet 2021.
You can use careers360 college predictor to know the colleges you can get at your NEET score:- https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer