Six Highlights About Indian School of Business
Are you curious about what’s unique about the Indian School of Business (ISB)? What is it about this fairly young business school that attracts the best talent from India and even the rest of the world? Is it the rigorous curriculum? World-class faculty? Real-world exposure? The answer is that all this and more has made ISB one of the premier institutions in India. To give you deeper insight into ISB, one of our consultants shares her experience studying the General Management Post Graduation Programme in 2019.
1) Enriching Curriculum:
The ISB curriculum offers a mix of qualitative knowledge along with general subject matter in a comprehensive programme. Subjects such as logistics management and operations research offer insight into the day-to-day running of an organisation, while subjects such as financial accounting and managerial economics enable you to have a bird’s eye view of competencies required to manage a company. Apart from this, ISB aims to supplement theoretical knowledge with practical case studies and hands-on experiences through project work and simulations. We analysed case studies based on companies such as Google and Apple, participated in a simulated online trading platform in the options and futures class and even watched The Big Short and applied the same principles in our finance classroom discussions. Visiting faculty also enriched our experience by imparting practical knowledge and experiences based on their active deals and projects.
2) World-Renowned Faculty:
When looking at the faculty at ISB, you will be amazed by how many familiar names pop up. One of the standout professors was Siddharth Shekhar Singh, Associate Professor, Marketing. Besides his in-depth knowledge about consumer behaviour, I was impressed that he frequently used analogies from the Mahabharata and related these to our discussions. Dr Sunil Unny Guptan, Visiting Professor and a mentor and executive coach to several CEOs and top executives, incorporated engaging activities such as street plays into the team management curriculum. Some of the most encouraging conversations I’ve had at ISB stemmed from our discussions outside the classroom.
Another eye-opening conversation happened with Ravi Shankar, Professor of Management of Organisations. An HR adviser to the top management of companies, he led discussions that helped me see how my personal biases growing up can influence the way I engage and make decisions in the workplace.
Many of visiting faculty at ISB were equally awe-inspiring — they were currently consultants at Fortune 500 companies and other world-class organisations. Ed Rogers, for instance, is the Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA who taught us Complexity Management.
3) Exceptional Career Opportunities:
ISB was founded by Rajat Gupta, the first Indian CEO of McKinsey & Co. and Anil Kumar, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co., along with guidance from Northwestern Kellogg, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, London Business School and MIT Sloan. So it’s no wonder that India’s top recruiters such as Accenture, Amazon, Bain & Co, Barclays, PwC, Deloitte, Boston Consulting Group, amongst others, are frequently seen at recruitment fairs on campus. While most of the jobs are for Indian positions, a few also had international opportunities to move overseas. To prepare for campus placements this, we had access to a designated team of counsellors to review resumes and help prepare for interviews.
4) Entrepreneurial Culture:
ISB is known for supporting and celebrating an entrepreneurial spirit; in fact, the library has a wall dedicated to some prominent companies started up by alumni! A significant number of students in my cohort did not opt for prestigious placements. Instead, they spent time during the programme working on their start-up ideas. The holistic curriculum helped students brainstorm their ideas with experienced faculty, while also leveraging the resources available such as research papers and the vast alumni network.
5) Exposure to Different Cultures:
Even though ISB is in India, we were still exposed to an international learning environment and culture through our visiting faculty as well as a small number of international students. In my cohort, I met students who came from different backgrounds, age groups and cultures. I was able to interact with peers from across the country, which helped to expand my views. I also gained deeper insight into different industries, while also understanding the work culture in other cities.
6) The Two Campuses:
As a part of my Executive Education, I was able to spend time in both the campuses at Hyderabad and Mohali, where I stayed in the executive housing. The main Hyderabad campus, certified by the Indian Green Building Council, is spread over a lush 260 acres, making me wonder if I would ever manage to cover the lengths and the breadths of this vast campus (I eventually did!). In between the greenery, are four Student Villages that can accommodate 130-210 students and if you’re lucky, you might even see a peacock or a wild boar roaming about!
The Mohali campus was where I felt more at home due to its smaller size and also the walk to classes was much shorter! It is located just 15 minutes from Chandigarh, so it was easy to visit the city during the weekend.
Both campuses had a state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool, while the Hyderabad campus even offered daily yoga classes to help us de-stress. At executive housing in the Hyderabad campus, there was also an in-house bar where students can unwind after class, while the 24/7 Jujus cafe and the Café Coffee Day at the Mohali campus were where you could find most students in the evening.
Attending ISB has been an experience of a lifetime and one that has benefited me in many ways. If you want to know more about how more about ISB, sign up for our webinar with Amit Tyagi, Associate Director – AFA, Indian School of Business on the 25th of July at 11 am IST. Here is a list of all the MBA deadlines for the 2020-2021 admission cycle. For more information about the global MBA application process, click here. If you are wondering how to make your business school shortlist, click here. For any further assistance, get in touch with us.