Friday, February 24, 2012

Offbeat courses at top Indian B-schools

Students get an opportunity to stretch their learning muscles, with innovative programmes and live interactions that help them understand the "real" world better and function in challenging times. Among these are programmes teaching leadership through sports, and imparting entrepreneurship skills to rural people. Read on the programmes offered by these top business schools - Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B), Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management-Shillong (RGIIM-S), Xavier Institute of Management-Bhubaneswar (XIMB), Indian Institute of Management-Ranchi (IIM-R), Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C).

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B)
Programme: Learnings from Sports
Duration: Two days
Starting In: March 2012
Growth opportunities: Helps senior managers deal with different managerial skills and handle groups, which is part of their job.
Class Strength: The enrollment has started, and IIM-B and TENVIC have approached different companies. They expect at least 25-30 senior managers. If it succeeds, it will be a twice-a-year or three times-a-year feature.
Objective: To give participants an exposure to innovative concepts altruistic mentoring, performance-based leadership, managing the ups and downs of the game, cross-training , and equipping them with skills beyond their role. There will be classroom discussions, interactive sessions, panel discussions where industry experts and sports personalities from corporate India will be facilitators.
Main content: Learning from others, integrating with the environment and improving management
Genesis: The programme took shape when two IIM-B alumni, who work for cricketer Anil Kumble-owned sports company TENVIC, suggested using sports to hone leadership skills as one of their executive management programmes. This had been done in the US before but never in India. Participants will be guided on leadership, how to manage multiple layers and deal with being the "captain" of a team or even "just an executive."

Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong (RGIIM-S)
Programme: Executive post graduate programme in international business
Projected Class Strength: 45
Duration: 12 months
Started in: April 2011
Objective: Produce leaders who can handle the current market turbulence and dynamic corporate environment effectively.
Job Opportunities: Strategic roles and senior positions in companies operating in emerging markets with a focus on India and China.
Content: The programme focuses on leadership skills essential for senior management positions. The curriculum is adapted from best practices from Asian countries. It is a blend of basic management courses and specialised modules. Another aspect is the training under Mystique Management and Mind Mapping through outdoor learning camps.
Targets: Professionals with atleast three years' work experience, preferably internationally. IIM-S has entered into an MoU with Ocean University of China to start this programme, which involves a six-month stay and internship in China.
Compensation: Annual salary could range between $36,000 and $120,000.

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
Programme: Three-Continent Master of Global Management
Duration: 12 months
Started in: September 2011
Content: The Euro 40,000 programme, a result of a partnership between XIMB, Antwerp Management School, Belgium and Fordham Graduate School of Business, New York, has been structured to draw upon the strengths of each country. For India, it is bottomof-the-pyramid and social entrepreneurship; for New York, it is finance and innovation and for Antwerp, it is marketing in a multicultural society.
Objective: Create global managers in the true sense of the term.
Targets: High-potential recent university graduates. The current batch consists of 16 students from Europe, two from the US, two from China, one from Indonesia, Turkey and India respectively.
Job Opportunities: All three institutes offer career services, and almost all the roles are in general management.
Compensation: Still early to say as the first batch is yet to be placed. But in India, it is likely to start at Rs. 1.2 million onwards, and will be more in the other countries.
Genesis: The idea was born when the deans of these institutes met. They felt real global managers are born when students immerse themselves in the local culture and business, and imbibe the experience of three continents.

Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi
Programme: Certificate course on 'Barefoot Manager'
Duration: 15 days
Starting in: July 2012
Targets: Micro entrepreneurs and panchayat officials. The video-based programme will impart management concepts to even illiterate people. While higher education takes people away from their villages, this one encourages people to stay back.
Class Strength: The target enrolment for 2012-13 is 1,500
Content: Evaluating business opportunities, consumer-oriented business philosophy, product design, distribution, promotion, pricing, accounting, sustainable consumption and production, ethics and society.
Job Opportunities: Self-employment
Plans: IIM-R is getting voluntary organisations, microfinance companies and the government to help roll out the programme. There are plans to make this certificate mandatory for benefits from the government or micro loans from banks.

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
Programme: PG Programme for Executives on Visionary Leadership for Manufacturing
Duration: 12 months
Started in: August 27, 2007
Class Strength: 34
Objectives: Provide skill-based training to transform mid-level managers in the Indian manufacturing industry into visionary leaders.
Content: 36 weeks' classroom interaction, case studies, tutorials, laboratory sessions, project work at IIM-C, IIT-M and IIT-K; eight weeks' internship in industry; three to four weeks' industry visits in India and abroad
Genesis: The programme is based on a partnership between IIM-C, IIT-K , IIT-M and CII. The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council plays a catalytic role, with support from Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Job Opportunities: Students of the first four batches have been placed in leading Indian companies.

Source: The Economic Times, February 24, 2012

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