Selecting a B-School after Covid-19
In early 2020, Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way we work and operate in our daily lives, and like all educational institutions, business schools were forced to quickly adapt to an online mode of teaching. The popular conception of ‘experiential learning’ was reduced to a more remote form of synchronous teaching-learning. Evidence clearly shows the low impact of technology on education compared to previous years’ research. Faculty had to quickly learn new digital proficiencies and institutions had to figure out new systems to operate effectively in the uncertain situation. Apart from the most obvious fact that good business schools use technology integration for synchronous and asynchronous learning, there are five fundamental features to look for when choosing a b-school in 2022, and these are:
- Quality Curriculum: In a country with over 6000 b-schools, how does one assess a b-school that represents quality? A dynamic curriculum that meets the requirement of the industry. AICTE requires 104 credits to complete to consider a B-School degree, but at ABBS School of Management the program offers 114 credits with 60 elective subjects across five specializations. Having strong program objectives and program educational objectives supports in attaining good learning outcomes.
- Experimentation: A B-school that doesn’t experiment, is one that stagnates. Unconventional learning methods like theatre in management has shown to better student communication and confidence over a short period. Live projects and simulations have resulted in better outcomes of learning. An evolving curriculum is a result of constant adaptation to the real world. Infusing new lateral courses to domain specific modules has been a game changer in creating critical thinkers and problem solvers.
- Global Opportunities: Despite the lockdowns due to Covid-19, many companies have opened doors to a wider demographic of talent. Students would have wider opportunities nationally and internationally. For instance, some of the top placement opportunities at ABBS School of Management had come from UAE and Europe. Our alumni are strong examples of making the most of new opportunities. For example, 22.3LPA was an offer bagged by our student at ABBS-SM in 2021, despite Covid-19.
- Leadership and Ethics: In today’s day and age, the emphasis on ethics and moral leadership has reduced drastically- mainly due to the over emphasis of profit making and growth of corporations. At ABBS School of Management, modules such as Corporate Social & Responsibility & Spirituality helps students with the softer side of leadership development. A unique project-based module called ‘Campus to Community’ shows the importance of values and community development, and students come out with the most enriching experiences. ABBS is home to the Mahatma Gandhi International Center for Conflict Prevention and Management, and every year top delegates from across the world share valuable insights on business ethics, peace science, spirituality and management- these domains add a lot of significance to the leadership and holistic development of a student.
- Value Added Certifications: Staying relevant is crucial for b-schools and its graduates. Certifications aligned with the industry have always benefitted students in doing well in job interviews and standing out from a regular graduate. Students at ABBS School of Management get trained from term 1 (foundational level) incrementally on various aspects of business communication. Importantly, specialized training on six-sigma green belt certification, business analytics, scrum and agile, financial derivates etc. take place each year with the objective of offering progressions beyond the curriculum.
Amongst these, it’s important to find a b-school that is student-centric and is aligned with NEP 2020 in its vision. ABBS School of Management has a large emphasis on imparting 21st century skills, particularly creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and digital literacy for a holistic development of a student, and building courses specific to enhancing a students’ employability index. In the end, inculcating meta-skills will make a graduate from ABBS have the ability not only to be employable but continuously employable.
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ABBS School of Management has its applications open for PGDM 2022-24 batch.
Mr. Ajitesh Basani