MBA aspirants must consider intimacy of academics with industry while making their admission choice, says Dr. Kanika T. Bhal, HoD, DMS, IIT Delhi
In an interview with Careers360, Dr. Kanika T. Bhal, HoD, DMS, IIT shares her comprehensive thoughts on the management education in India. She specifies upon the management programme run by Department of Management Studies at IIT Delhi. Dr Bhal also shares fee structure, placements data and admission criterion for the IIT management programme.
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Careers360: How management education is perceived in India? How do you foresee the MBA programme scenario in the coming 1-3 years?
Dr. Kanika Bhal: With close to 4000 MBA programs on offer across the nation, the past 5 years have seen B-School graduates being churned out in masses. The general perception that has been developing is that there exists a gap between the industry expectations and the knowledge that these graduates have. The graduates are ready to work at what they have studied, but find it difficult to acclimatize themselves to new domains. The corporate world is filled with challenges, and thus, the purpose of management education should be of converting students into global problem solvers.
The next few years should focus on quality enhancement in management education. The most important skill for the 21st-century manager is "Critical Thinking". Sensitivity towards ethics, ecology, and laws & regulations is a must. Curricula should be modified to inculcate these values and skills in the next-gen managers.
Careers360: What is the total intake in the flagship PG programme in Management in your institute? Please also mention annual fee (excluding hostel charges) for the same?
Dr. Kanika Bhal: Our total intake forBatch 2015-2017 was 46.
Fee (in Rs):
a) Tuition Fees
b) Examination Fees
c) Caution Money
d) Admission fees
1. Total (a+b+c+d):
2. Other Fees (Please Mention)
17,500 (MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS SOCIETY)
Total Fees (1+2):
No change in the fee structure
Careers360: How has been the placements at your institute for 2015 batch? Please share the Batch size, no of offers, average annual package, and other details.
Dr. Kanika Bhal: Our entire batch got placed across domains.
Final Placement Details
Total # of Students (Batch-size)
Total # of Students in Batch 2013-2015 who had prior Work Experience (before joining your MBA program) that was higher than 12 months
Total # of Students who sought placements
Total # of Students finally placed by institute
Total # of Companies that visited your campus for placements
Total # of Offers made
Careers360: What will be your selection criteria for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016? Is it any different from the last year?
Dr. Kanika Bhal: DMS, IIT Delhi has come up with a new Index for the admission selection. CAT performance is not the defining chunk of the weightage in the admission process. With the new SI in place, we are putting emphasis on the entire educational and work career of the applicant and focus on the performance consistency of the students.
The shortlisted students go through a series of GD-PI rounds, and the final selection of the students is done based on their cumulative performance in all the criteria. The last year’s general cutoff for the final selection stood at 98.2 percentile.
SI= 60 X [CAT percentile / highest CAT percentile of the year] + weights for Bachelor’s degree + weights for class (10+2) + weights for class 10th + weights for additional qualifications (Diploma/ master’s degree) + weights for work experience
The process was revised in 2015 by the faculty of the department.
The education at DMS aims at overall grooming of students, which is more promoted with a diverse student background. The batch of 2015 contains students across various engineering disciplines, commerce and science backgrounds. Special emphasis is given in order to maintain a proper gender ratio in all the batches. The admission decision for the year 2016 is yet to be taken.
Careers360: What is the USP of your flagship management programme which differentiates it from the others? How do you plan to enrich your flagship management programme in next 1-2 year?
Dr. Kanika Bhal: The 2-year flagship program of DMS, IIT Delhi has been designed to enhance the overall learning of the students and cater to the requirements of the industry.
Our curriculum has been revised effective from the batch of 2017 onwards. The curriculum review saw the participation of industry stakeholders, alumni, academicians and experts to bring the course curriculum closer to the industry needs and expectations. The new course aims at providing students with the analytical knowledge and development of their people’s skill to make them well-rounded managers and leaders of the future. The Inclusion of 1.5 credit subjects like Business Ethics, Business Research Methods has further strengthened the skills required at the ground level of the industry. Moreover, compulsory 1-month association with an NGO as a part of the curriculum will provide students with a different perspective of our society and the impact businesses have on it.
Our institution also has a specialization in Telecom (MBA Telecom) which one of a kind in the country. The decision to admit non-engineers for the course has been a key factor in terms of inculcating diversity in learning. We are consistently endeavoring to enhance the quality of education and boost our standards through numerous initiatives.
The students actively participate and initiate new clubs like e-commerce club, start-up club to ensure that we are aligning to the present trends. Our institution comprises of case study based learning, where a solution to the problem is achieved through intense brainstorming by the student’s group. This habituates them to learn the much required inter-personal skills like team work, leadership etc. apart from the technical knowledge.
Careers360: How are the research activities at DMS?
Dr. Kanika Bhal: Our department has a focus on research and remains up-to-date on all the latest development in the field of management. Ranked 2nd in the world in management research by Stanford, DMS stands on the top position in research in India. Our faculty is well known for its research, conferences, and publications (with over a thousand publications a year).
Careers360: Do you think the publications in peer-reviewed journals, as indexed in international databases, have a western bias (USA, UK)? What should be done to increase the no. of publications in the management domain?
Dr. Kanika Bhal: No, we do not observe any bias on matters of research publications. As already stated, our department is ranked 2nd in the world by Stanford and our faculty is regularly published in A+ international journals and invited to international conferences to present their papers.
To increase the no. of publications from India, other top B-schools like the IIMs and comparable institutions should increase their research output.
Careers360: Any message to B-school aspirants?
Dr. Kanika Bhal: The focus of a B-schools aspirant should be to constantly work on broadening their analytical knowledge and acquiring people’s skill. This is achieved in DMS by the new curriculum design. Apart from the quantitative skills, I strongly suggest students to be equipped with the current happenings and the business concepts which would help them further gain knowledge and get closer to the industry.
The students should aim for the best of their potential, be it in the academics. Students should also consider the intimacy of academics and industry of the B-school while making their choice.
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does iit delhi have a sectional cuttoff for its mba program
Ayush, IIT Delhi hasn't officially released its cut offs for the Academic session 2020-22. But going by their previous short listing criteria, the Shortlisting Index may be as follows: These are just the minimal percentiles required
There is no minimum CAT percentile for SC,ST,PWD.
Now Shortlisting Index is calculated using the formula:
SI = 80 x (Overall CAT score /Maximum CAT score of 2019) + weights for Bachelor Degree Marks + weights for Class 12 + weights for Class 10th Marks + weights for Additional Qualification Such as Master degree, Diploma + weights for Work Experience if any.
Based on your Graduation, 12th and 10th scores, additional points will be given and you can check them at the official page: http://dms.iitd.ac.in/html/MBA2018/Shortlisting%20Criteria%20for%20WAT%20&%20PI%20for%20MBA%20&%20MBA%20%28Telecom%29%202018-2020.pdf