This B-School prepares young managers to be ready for the future through experiential learning
As companies reinvent their strategies and operations after being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, aspiring managers are learning an important lesson: You can’t be sufficiently prepared for the future, and not all lessons are learned. in class. Given the popularity of MBA degrees, 2021 will also see a new wave of talent as hundreds of young managers begin their professional journeys. One skill that can give them an edge in the field is hands-on experience.
One of the leading B schools in the country, Acharya Bangalore B-School (ABBS) offers a unique postgraduate program in business management that focuses more on experiential learning. Such an approach allows students to be ready for the future and to be more adept by having experience in finding innovative solutions to problems.
Established in 2008, the institute offers a postgraduate program with specializations such as marketing, human resources, finance, healthcare management and SMEs. Affiliated with the University of Bangalore, the institute has partnered with US-based Virginia Tech for fully online business analysis and AI certification by experts in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Comprised of practical sessions, a project, and an exam, the program is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in analytics.
Reinventing classroom lessons
The institute espouses results-based education and 70 percent of the curriculum involves hands-on learning. The postgraduate course assigns only 30 percent weight to classroom lessons. During the course, ABBS students are associated with socially relevant projects, which is one of the USPs of the program. As part of the project, students are sent to various NGOs where they study the problems faced by the organizations. The students propose solutions to these problems in a report that they submit after two months of working with an NGO.
ABBS professor Dr Rajesh says: “The projects educate students about social issues. This makes them more human and helps the student to keep their feet on the ground, while making them understand the social responsibility of the company. The projects give students an edge while working in the corporate world. In addition, these projects and their solutions can be turned into great business opportunities and students can find innovative ways to solve societal problems such as waste management and poor hygiene, say the faculty members of the l ‘institute.
Along with its goal of ensuring an academic environment that emphasizes experiential learning, ABBS’s Supply Chain Innovation Center helps students stay ahead of the curve. developments and provides them with a skills base necessary to succeed in the highly competitive business world. The research arm of the Indian Institute of Materials Management CRIMM has partnered with ABBS for an industry-institute collaboration in supply chain management. As part of the agreement, ABBS students conduct advanced research, design an advanced knowledge dissemination platform, conduct consultancy for industries, and promote academic research in the field of supply chain management. supply and innovation.
The institute tries to help students develop a multi-faceted personality through various clubs and activities. To start with, there is the ABBS Toastmaster Club International which was launched in 2014 with the aim of improving students’ leadership and communication skills. Dr Jayanthi, Toastmasters Club Coordinator, says: “Toastmasters is an efficient, friendly and enjoyable way to develop excellent communication and organizational skills, which are essential for business leaders. The club offers experience like leadership, an interactive learning environment and mentoring to students to bring holistic development.
Train future managers
In addition to a book club where students read and critique books on management, ABBS hosts student clubs in marketing, finance and human resources for its future managers. His reality show ‘Armageddon’ prepares students for the harsh realities of the corporate world. It is an annual event that spans several months. ABBS faculty member Professor Ravi Aditya, who runs the show, said: “By participating in Armageddon, students learn the stamina and mental toughness to face difficult situations with confidence.” Its mutual fund club is another student activity where students voluntarily invest in the stock market.
TEDxABBS is a student-led initiative that is reaping rich rewards on the ABBS campus. The institute started with TEDx sessions three years ago to help its students on a path of accomplishment, happiness and personal growth. Since then it has hosted TEDxABBS, TEDxABBSWomen, TEDxABBSGlobalDay, TEDxABBSAdventure and TEDxABBSLive sessions.
Students can also participate in “TED Circles” which are held monthly to start a global conversation around a particular topic. Dr Geevarathna, organizer of TEDxABBS, says: “Hosting a global event like TEDxABBS transforms the personality of students as they have the opportunity to present ideas that are worth spreading and instill leadership qualities. and organization. Students plan activities that bring the community together by brainstorming and discussing solutions. During the process, students are made aware of social, environmental, economic, governance, global and community issues and they become “makers”, “leaders” and “action-oriented”.
The institute has also been publishing its biannual review “AMBER” for more than a decade. It is a thematic journal in which students write research articles. ABBS strives to maintain a cosmopolitan profile of students and faculty, which is why it welcomes people from various states to its campus.
ABBS has pioneered the cause of experiential learning for years and has made strides in helping its students gain hands-on study experience through different measures. In line with this goal, the institute recommended that Bangalore University add special courses such as investment management and infrastructure management to the curriculum of its postgraduate programs.