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Careers360 is back with the Chat sessions with top B-School directors. The last chat was held on Friday, April 5, 2013 with Dr. H. E. Venkatesha, Director, ABBS Bangalore Business School. Dr. Venkatesha answered queries on admission, placement, student diversity, activities in the campus and more.

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Excerpts from the interview:

Anisha: What exam scores do you accept and what about the cut offs?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: We prefer around 80% and equivalent CAT, MAT or CMAT score.

Nithya Subramanian: How are the placements are going on in your esteemed institution?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: We have done reasonably well this year amid not so good market. In fact we have just finished the recruitment for all our Marketing and HR folks. Citibank and Stan chart is in the process of rolling out the offers for the MBA -Finance batch. In a nutshell, we had a good year in terms of placements.

Pooja Joshi: what is the difference between the MBA and PGDM programmes offered at your institute?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha : Pooja, MBA is under Bangalore university whereas the PGDM is the autonomous AICTE approved program. In PGDM , there is a flexibility of updating syllabus as per the industry needs whereas in MBA the syllabus is completely driven by the university. In terms of academic knowledge both imparts you the same level of knowledge. In fact you may go for either one. MBA with dual specialization like Finance+Marketing or Finance+HR is a very good combination

Nithya Subramanian: Recently a national conference is conducted by your institution ‘GREEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT’ in April. Could you please brief about the same?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: This is primarily a conference on the given topic where as an Institute we take lot of interest in honing the entrepreneurial skills.

Neeraj Gupta: Sir I am a bit confused about the name of Acharya. There are so many colleges in Bangalore and South India with the Acharya brand name, are they under the same group or different?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: Acharya Bangalore B School (the college I represent), you can see the very name itself "B-School" i.e. a pure Business School meant for MBA programs. Hence if you want to pursue MBA then Acharya Bangalore B School will be your best bet.

Neeraj Gupta: What about Acharya School of Management? Is it under the same umbrella?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: No, they are different.

Nithya Subramanian: What is the average placement package for MBA and PGDM program this year?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: The average package in terms of CTC is Rs.6 lakh per annum.

Avijeet Kumar
: What is unique about your institute?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: Teaching methodology. We teach not just the syllabus but various skill set development program which we will call Augmentation program especially designed keeping in mind the real world need. We have global internship program available.

Nithya Subramanian: What is global internship programme?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: Under PGDM, there is a overseas study term for two months either in Malaysia or Singapore partner. If you join our PGDM, you do not have the overseas study option. If you join PGDM-Global then you have the overseas study option.

Sonali: Are there any faculty visiting from the industry or foreign B-schools? How many permanent faculty members are there?
H. R. Venkatesha: Yes, we do. In fact , in a year about 100 plus sessions of Industry experts visits. We are tied up with PSB Academy singapore and Sunway International Business and Management School, Malaysia.

Sonali: What is a regular day like? How many hours’ classes do the students have?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: Typically 9am 4pm with various mix and match.

Nithya Subramanian: How many foreign students are attending any programme in Bangalore campus?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: About 20 plus foreign students are there in the campus.

Nithya Subramanian
: Do you have any incubation centres as well? Or any specific help provided from institute side to motivating budding entrepreneurs?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: Yes, we are partnered with NEN which is exactly working as an incubation centre.

Anisha: Apart from studies what are the other campus activities that a student can participate in?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: We have a range of clubs like Music club, Biz club and clubs for various sports, cultural activity etc., which happens every Friday.

Nithya Subramanian: What is the gender diversity?
Dr. H. R. Venkatesha: Good enough to have the optimum equilibrium.

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