B-School Director Interview: Institute undergoing transformational changes, says Dr C N Narayana, KIAMS Director
Dr C N Narayana, Director of Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, in an interview with Careers360 talks about the various initiatives that are taken by the institute to keep its curriculum in sync with changing times, the new programmes that are being launched and how they turned challenges into opportunities.
Read the excerpts of the interview of Dr C N Narayana, KIAMS Director.
Careers360: What have been the achievements of your B-School in the academic year 2015-16?
Dr Narayana: In the past two years, KIAMS underwent transformational changes. The year 2015 -16 undoubtedly saw remarkable improvement in the intake quality and the placement record was better owing to improvement in average salary. KIAMS was accorded recognition by various agencies and the institute won awards for industry connectedness and academic excellence. The institute was ranked fourth by NHRDN-People Matters Ranking.
Careers360: What has been the application trend at your institute in the past two-three years?
Dr Narayana: There has been an increase of 140 per cent in applications as compared to last two years.
Careers360: What is the admission criteria for KIAMS?
KIAMS does profile based shortlisting which means that academic records from 10th board to graduation are taken into account apart from the percentile secured by the candidate in the entrance exams. We have a combination of Extempore or GD with PI to complete the process. The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the performance of the candidate in each of these stages.
Careers360: What are the steps that you plan to take to enhance the curriculum and pedagogy of the two year management programme of your institute?
Dr Narayana: Aiming to upgrade the quality of the curriculum, an Academic Advisory Council has been formed. The council consists of eminent educationists and professionals who fine tune the curriculum periodically. The objective is to ensure that our students meet the demand of the industry. We continue to improve the quality of the curriculum through Board of Examiners (BOE). In order to ensure that our students get an increased first hand training, we have increased our Summer Internship Process (SIP) through Business Immersion (BI). Students will now have an opportunity to intern for four months. We are mulling to invite professors from abroad so that our students get a global perspective.
Careers360: Are there any new programmes which have been introduced in your institute?
Dr Narayana: We have introduced specialised courses in Marketing Analytics & Applied Marketing Research. Both the courses are in accordance with the emerging trends in Analytics and meet the requirements of the industry.
Careers360: What is the total number of credits in your flagship PG programme? How many credits are assigned for non-academic activities?
Dr Narayana: We have total 129 credits in the PGDM which includes field activity of BI. At KIAMS, apart from four semester of contact sessions, the students undertake Business Immersion, a 4 month internship. This internship is of 24 credits and it is jointly evaluated by faculty and company guide. Students have to submit weekly tracker, monthly reports and the final report followed by a presentation and viva. Students have the option to take additional elective courses for completion of the programme.
Careers360: How has been the placement trend in your school for the year 2016. Kindly share the data for the same.
Dr Narayana: The academic year 2016 saw 99 per cent placement with higher average salary vis-Ã -vis previous years. More than 80 companies participated in the final placement process. Participating firms were from diverse sectors such as E-commerce, Consulting, Analytics, Manufacturing, IT, Telecom, Market Research, Beverages, Banking, Financial Services, Retail, Real Estate, Sports and others. Our SIP is 100 per cent for the current batch.
KIAMS Placement Statistics 2016
Number of participating students
Number of participating companies
Number of first time recruiters
Number of offers
Rs. 5,35,000 lakh per annum
Rs. 14,00,000 lakh per annum
Rs. 3,60,000 Lakh per annum
Highest recruiting sector
Financial, Telecom, IT
Highest recruiting domain/profile/function
Company making highest offer
Top recruiting companies
Amazon, Developer Group, Oracle Financial, Deloitte, Coffee Day Beverages, Exponential, HDFC Bank, HDFC Asset Management, HFFC, Headout, Bridgestone, Nielsen
Careers360: Do you have an incubation cell or entrepreneurship cell at KIAMS?
Dr Narayana: We have ‘EMERGE’ at KIAMS which is an entrepreneurship cell. This cell conducts various activities related to branding, marketing, and fairs. They are able to run a small business profitably. They are guided by faculty members. ‘KARABOR’ is one such event which is student driven activity to learn such skills. Apart from this, we are now talking to couple of organisations from Karnataka to establish an incubation cell at Pune campus, the results of which will be visible in the next two years.
Careers360: What steps should be taken to increase transparency in CAT exam with an aim to restore faith of students?
Dr Narayana: Releasing the answer key post CAT examination result declaration is a good option. However, this will increase the applications for revaluation and administrative workload of the IIMs. Currently, this is the only option to bring transparency in the system.
Careers360: What are the key challenges that you have faced and how did you turn them into opportunities?
Dr Narayana: The key challenges faced by management education today are- mushrooming B-schools, capacity utilisation, regulatory control, student quality, qualified faculty and the academic freedom if it is a private B-school, infrastructure funding and placements. I faced all these challenges and turned them into opportunities by adopting the approach of connecting, collaborating, co-creating with an aim to bring a change in the way we look at Management Education as a value proposition for all the stakeholders.
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which college is better for mba AIMS Bangalore or KIAMS harihar??
Let's compare both these colleges for mba.
Aims banglore tution fees- 9 lacs for full course of 2 yrs
Kiams harihar tution fees - 10.75 lacs for full course of 2 yrs.
KIAMS - avg is 5.95 lacs pa & highest is 15.6 lacs pa (96% placed)
Aims - avg 4.93 lacs pa & highest 15.6 lacs pa
Kiams harihar - cat/xat/cmat/mat/atma/Karnataka cet/gmat
Aims banglore -cat/xat/cmat/mat/atma/Karnataka cet/gmat
kiams harihar - pgdm
Aims banglore - mba/pgdm/pgdm ba/mfa
Kiams harihar - 25% entrance exam, 30% academics, 45% gdpi wat, 5% workex.
aims banglore - SOP, GDPI, Extempore.
kiams harihar - available scholarships and educational loans
Aims banglore - available scholarships
Links of website:
Kiams harihar -
Aims banglore - https://theaims.ac.in/
Verdict : Both are almost at par with each other but the reviews of aims banglore are better than kiams harihar
I hope this helps.
kiams harihar is good or jaipuria Institute of management, indore
The two year fee for PGDM in Jaipuria Indore is 7.45 Lakhs and KIAMS Harihar costs you 10.75 Lakh which is AICTE approved.
For Jaipuria,Indore one needs to have 50 percentile score in any of CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/ATMA/GMAT exams.The specialisations available are Banking, Finance and Insurance, Marketing and Human Resources. The university offers full residential PGDM course ( PGDM is equivalent to MBA). The placement trend is consistent every year and the highest placement in the recent year is approximately 18 LPA and the overall placement percentage is 98% this year. Highest number of students are recruited in financial sector.
One needs to attempt KCET to get an admission in KIAMS Harihar or else any of CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/ATMA/GMAT exam scores are accepted.KIAMS Offers specialization in Business Analytics, finance, marketing, Operations and Human Resources.It has provides Industrial exposure through Business Immersion Programme and internship in corporate for its students. The highest placement is around 16 LPA and the average pay is around 6 LPA. 96% of total students were placed in this academic year.
For choosing an MBA college one must check the placement record keenly. In addition to the placement record KIAMS has various benifits which are clearly mentioned above. Diverse culture is definitely essential for an MBA graduate and KIAMS is empowering it's students in that path. KIAMS is likely to be a better option between both the colleges. Even though it has less placement record compared to Jaipuria, the additional benifits makes it the right pick. If the high fee structure is a reason then you can happily go for Jaipuria as it has amenities which are worth to its fee.
I have call from kirloskar harihar , jaipuria lucknow and Tsm Madurai where should I go in view of placement nd exposure in marketing domain.
Hope you are doing good.
Well, the all three colleges you have mentioned differ very less from each other. But as you have mentioned your criterion of Placement as well as Exposure.
I'll be trying to explain you in the same way.
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management, Harihar, Karnataka is a NAAC accredited A grade college, with a median salary of 5.6 lacs which is wise enough.
The Return on Investment (ROI) is also decent as the fee structure of the Institute is about 10 lac. So, it's good. And talking about the exposure, Bangalore is in Karnataka, the hub ofcourse, you will never fail to get an opportunity to work with the best companies during internships, you will get industrial visit to the most emerging industrial city. So, yes the exposure factor is huge in this Institute.
Coming to the Japuria Institute of Management Studies Noida is same as that of the above discussed institute with a median package of 6.5 lac and fee structure is same as Kirloskar. Even Lucknow is a good developed industrial area, so you will find good exposure at this place also.
So, you may take your preference towards ease of location when compared to these both colleges as more or less, their performances are the Same.
And finally TSM Madurai, It is also the same as the above two, median package of 5.5 lac, with the same fee structure and good location.
So, you may consider your preferences for opting among these three. As they all are the same level colleges.
Hope the information is helpful to you !
All the best!
How is the recruitment process
Kirloskar institute of advance management, harihar has two campuses and harihar campus is the older one. It has a good placement record but ROI is not up to the mark. The college gives admission on the basis of MAT, CAT CMAT score and graduation percentage should be 60 or more.
Admission will be given on the basis of entrance score, graduation marks and GD/PI performance.
I wish you all the best.
Which college is better for mba(marketing) either kirloskar,harihar or IBA, banglore
As per my Personal Experience I would suggest that you that you should go for IBA bangalore or Pune. Though Bangalore is an IT hub but there are more opportunity for MBA graduates in Pune.Kirloskar college which that is situated in Harihar (332kms from Bengaluru) & Pune ,but it is 60 kms away from Pune.The College doesnt't have proper faculties, management & Infrastruture and the college se connectivity issue also.In IBA you will get more practical experience that will help you in your placements.In Kirloskar last year highest pkge was 14 lacs that is pretty much high from IBA but 14 lacs was just CTC actual pkge was only 7-8 lacs ( major was from marketing only). So comparing both the colleges I would suggest you to go for IBA Bengaluru.