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Getting into the act

education Updated: Sep 21, 2011 10:42 IST
Gauri Kohli

What happens when a corporate boardroom scene turns dramatic? There’s no one better than the budding managers at Gurgaon’s Management Development Institute (MDI) to give you the answer. After all, management is not about what you read in books but what you learn from real-life experience. That’s precisely why management lessons here are combined with drama classes. Those doing the four-month course on effective communication explore the realms of effective business communication through theatre techniques. The overall objective is to boost the students’ confidence and presence of mind.

Besides theatre, quizzes, cultural clubs, a student-run mutual fund and a social initiatives club also facilitate the learning process.

“Other than providing a competitive environment for grooming, the institute gives me time to pursue my interests. There’s a continuous evaluation procedure and scores of activities to support that,” says Mohit Rastogi, a first-year student of the post graduate programme in management. The institute boasts of a number of clubs.

“Monetrix is for financial freaks, Marquity for marketing gurus in the making, ThinC for the IT savvy, and Opsession for the operations enthusiasts. The fact that MDI has a number of collaborations with foreign universities also gives ample exposure to industry trends,” says Priya Agrawal, a first-year student of the post graduate programme in international management (PGPIM).

Others include Unnati Diversified Fund, a student-managed live mutual fund. Samaritans, the social initiative club, aims at inculcating a sense of social responsibility among aspiring managers by working with NGOs and corporates on projects.

“The institute integrates knowledge, research, industry experience and international exposure to offer comprehensive management programmes,” says VK Gupta, officiating director, MDI.

Another highlight of the institute is its “evolving curriculum.” “Constant changes are made to the syllabi of the various courses based on market research, trends and feedback from recruiters and industry experts. For example, we have introduced topics such as talent management, how to retain employees in an organisation etc,” adds Gupta.

Students can also opt for a dual degree programme with EDHEC Business School, IAE Aix-en- Provence or HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Students have been awarded the Eiffel, DAAD and French Cultural Scholarships for studies in France and Germany. MDI is the place to be in for learning… and fun.

Factfile
Established in:
1973
Main courses: post graduate programme in management
Other courses: post graduate programmes in international management; energy management and public policy and management, human resources
Course fee: R6 lakh
Number of students per batch: Around 300
Faculty-student ratio: 1:12
Facilities offered: Library with more than 60,000 books, round-the-clock Internet facility through wi-fi, a state-of-the-art computer centre
Day zero placements: 30%
Top recruiters: Goldman Sachs, ICICI Bank, P&G, Citigroup, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, Airtel, HP and SBI Capital
Famous alumni: Vikas Bajaj, joint MD, Bajaj Motors Limited; Yatin Pahwa, head of strategy, Nokia; Rohit Mittal, financial analyst, World Bank

Taaza khabar
Rural Illumina, an event based on market research, will be held on October 2 and Urban Illumina on October 23

Timepass
Late night meetings are a regular feature at the hangouts that are popular as ‘Sharmaji's’, ‘Jha Ji’s’ and ‘Arcus’

Wishlist
We would love to see a few more eating joints on the campus that will give us more food options, say students

College ke baad
The student exchange programmes at MDI are great sources of learning. I went to the ESCP campus in Paris and that gave me a lot of exposure in the finance sector
— Piyush Jain of the Class of 2011 and key account manager, Proctor & Gamble, Patna