The Indian School of Business (ISB) has announced commencement of the academic session 2012-13 from its new campus in Mohali, in addition to the already operational one at Hyderabad. The launch of the new campus will expand the geographical horizons of ISB within India, giving it better reach and a foothold in the North Indian region. This is also good news for prospective candidates, giving them a number of advantages. GyanOne prepared a brief on how the change brings new opportunities for students and potential applicants. This is summarized below:
What is new for ISB MBA Admissions?
- First up, the increased number of seats. With 210 seats being introduced for the first session at Mohali, the total intake at ISB (Hyderabad + Mohali) will go up to 770 for the academic session 2012-13
- The Mohali campus will also see four new centres of excellence focused by vertical (i.e. industry-specific) rather than by horizontal (imparting general skills like marketing and finance applicable across a host of industries). The new centres include the Bharti Centre of Public Policy (backed by the Bharti Airtel group), Max Institute of Healthcare Management (backed by the Max Healthcare group), Munjal Global Manufacturing Institute (backed by the Hero Honda group), and the Punj Lloyd Institute of Global Infrastructure Management (backed by the Punj Lloyd group)
- The new campus is expected to be equipped with the latest teaching tools and technology, apart from having top-notch faculty from ISB, MIT, Kellogg, LBS, Wharton, and Tufts. This includes a 500-seater auditorium, and state-of-the-art lecture theaters, student facilities, and recreational areas
How does this change things for applicants?
- Fortunately, there is no change in the admissions process. Admissions for the entire pool of 770 students will be made through a common admissions process, and the students will be allotted campuses post this process according to the campus choice they indicate
- The choice of faculty to teach in either campus will also be made by the ISB academic area leaders, who will ensure a balance of experienced educators, subject specialists, and new faculty between the two campuses
- The academic curriculum will remain the same between the two campuses, although the choice of electives offered will be different for each campus
What are the new opportunities?
The new opportunities are not limited to the location of the new campus. They include:
- Increased focus on specialist, industry-specific roles. With increased focus on public policy, healthcare, manufacturing, and infrastructure, ISB will have graduates who are ready to hit the ground running in highly industry-specific roles. These students will bring in not just experience and business skills, but also management acumen applied and focused on specific industries. This move is expected to help ISB gain even greater traction with industry
- A greater focus on industry-specific roles means a greater role for ISB in running short term courses for public policy, healthcare, manufacturing, and infrastructure. This in term means greater visibility and prestige for the institute
- The new centres of excellence are also expected to attract top teaching talent to do focused research into new areas of business management. At the moment, research in management is one area where India has lagged behind
Can students move between campuses?
- Students can move between campuses on a 1:1 basis, based on preferences, in the core terms. They will also be allotted campuses based on electives of their choice in the elective terms
- The choice of electives, though, will largely determine where a student can stay in the elective terms. Some electives, like Manufacturing and Healthcare, will only be available at the Mohali campus. Similarly, some others like IT and Operations, will only be available at the Hyderabad campus
- The placement process between the two campuses is also expected to be common, with students getting a chance to interview with most recruiters irrespective of the campus they graduate from
What are the relative advantages/disadvantages of being in the Hyderabad/Mohali campus?
The advantage of being in the Hyderabad campus is notional – Hyderabad is perceived to be the ‘original’ ISB, so students may feel a tinge of superficial prestige in graduating from there instead of from Mohali. Some of the more sought after faculty may express a preference to teach in the Hyderabad campus, and some traditional recruiters may prefer to recruit centrally only from the Hyderabad campus. On the other hand, Mohali offers greater access and opportunities (internship projects as well as final placements) with industry in North India. It is also the focal point with ISB leadership, who will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the student experience is largely similar across both campuses. Expect a lot of new announcements and initiatives for the Mohali campus in the coming year.
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