Management education has undergone a change due to advent of technology and students’ expectations: Dr Monica Khanna, Director Incharge, KJSIMSR, Mumbai
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In an interview with Careers360, Dr. Monica Khanna, Incharge Director, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research shares the value of management in India and the reasons for its changing scenario. According to her, the meaning and context of management education have undergone a change due to an advent of technology and expectations of the students.


Dr. Khanna further mentions that management education should provide knowledge and skill sets for a specific industry, like Healthcare, Retail, Communications etc. Explaining the selection process of the institute, she says that they have reintroduced the case-based group discussion in order to be able to understand the group dynamics of the students.

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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 Monica Khanna: Management education must be a reflection of the growing opportunities and concerns of an emerging economy like India. The management programme must be able to train students to take up jobs in the different sector of the economy.  The management sector must evolve into a hybrid model of online / offline course delivery in order to cater to students who are tech enabled and always online. Also, in the coming years, management education should provide knowledge and skill sets for a specific industry, like Healthcare, Retail, Communications etc.


Careers360: Do you think the MBA tag is losing its sheen? If so, then what according to you are the reasons?

Dr Monica Khanna: The meaning and context of management education have undergone a change due to an advent of technology and expectations of the students from these management programmes. Also, there are many more career options available today.

At K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, the pool of applicants to our institute has grown year on year. We believe that we not only provide classroom training to our students but also give them an opportunity for experiential learning and self-learning through involvement in various clubs and committees along with student participants in the governance process. Thus even though the CAT applicants have gone down, SIMSR is not affected by the number of applicants to our institute. SIMSR still continues to attract equal and more applicants as compared to the previous year.


Careers360: What is the total intake and fee of the flagship PG programme in management in your institute?

Dr Monica Khanna: The total intake is 120+18 seats in the supernumerary quota for NRI / PIO / Foreign Nationals. The fee is Rs. 4, 30,000 per annum. There is a nominal change in the fee structure as compared to last year.

Careers360: How has been the placements at your institute for the 2015-16 batch?

Dr Monica Khanna: Batch Size: 460

Offers: 460 (All placed). The offers are for posting on Pan India Basis.

Average Annual package: Rs. 8.25 lakh

Highest Annual Compensation: Rs. 21.50 lakh

International Offers: 8

MNC: 15


The offers from E- Commerce, IT /ITES/ BFSI sector has gone up. The diversity of roles and salary compensations has gone up.

Careers360: What is the selection criterion for MBA/PGDM programme for academic session 2016-2018? Is it any different from the last year?

Dr Monica Khanna: The selection criteria for the PGDM batch 2016-2018 will be on the basis of the entrance exam score, case-based group discussions, past academic record, co -curricular and extra-curricular activities including sports, work – experience and personal interviews. There is a change in the admission criteria as compared to last year as follows:


(i) We have reintroduced the case-based group discussion in order to be able to understand the group dynamics of the students.

(ii) The students will be made to write a “Statement of Purpose” which will be used as one of the discussion points during the personal interview.

(iii) We have reduced the weight-age given to entrance exam score and given weight-age for sports and extra-curricular activities.


We hope the above changes in the admissions criteria will lead to more non – engineers and female candidates qualifying in the MBA programme.

Careers360: What is the USP of your 2-year programme which differentiates it from the others? How do you plan to enrich your 2-year management programme in next 1-2 year?

Dr Monica Khanna: Our USP is the vast bouquet of electives that we offer the students in the 2nd year, the facility for learning foreign languages like Spanish, French, Mandarin, etc. as part of the programme and experiential learning initiatives. Our courses are continuously upgraded to include subjects like E- Business, Business Policy, and Managing Business in a Global Context etc.       

​Careers360: Do you think the publications in peer-reviewed journals, as indexed in internationals databases, have a western bias?

Dr Monica Khanna: The peer-reviewed journals are high on research rigour. The parameters of research rigour are set by the universities in the developed countries. Since they have lots of skilled resource and funds available, they carry out research on a massive scale. This allows them to come up with models of behaviour. The Indian researchers generally copy the western models. The need is to understand the Indian ethos and come up with frameworks which are Indian in spirit. This will make the west look up to the east for solutions. This would be truly 'Make in India' research. To increase publication in management journals the faculty should be encouraged to carry out more research. The institute should set up research wing and Centre’s of Excellence which drives research.

Careers360: Any message to B-School aspirants

Dr Monica Khanna: Somaiya offers the best facilities for holistic learning in a traditional academic environment in a lush green 60 acres campus. The institute has state of the art infrastructure and facility for self-learning. We welcome the students to avail of these facilities and are happy to partner them in their journey towards excellence.


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Congratulations for your good performance in both CAT and CMAT exam!!


You have cleared the last year MMS cut-off in both the exams. So, you have a good chance of getting a call and convert it. Actually, this MMS program is governed by DTE even your score will be scaled by the DTE.

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