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Teaching practicality

education Updated: Sep 01, 2010 09:41 IST
Yashshri Soman
Yashshri Soman
Hindustan Times
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Buildings do not make institutions,” said Kavita Laghate, associate professor at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) when asked why the institute does not have a campus. Though JBIMS functions out of a drab, four-storey building in south Mumbai, it has an envious location. “Unlike other colleges, which are usually located on the outskirts of cities, our B-school is at a prime location near Nariman Point, the financial district of Mumbai,” she added.

Founded in 1965, JBIMS was started by Mumbai University’s Department of Management Studies in collaboration with Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. .

“Students here get to interact with others from diverse cultures, backgrounds and this helps in enhancing their overall learning process,” said Stephen D’Silva, director of JBIMS.

The B-school has only five permanent faculty members, but its visiting faculty includes established professionals from varied sectors and alumni. “Management cannot be taught out of textbooks and one needs the visiting faculty from industry who bring in their practical knowledge which can be applied by the students to their theoretical learning,” said former CEO of Tata Financial Services F.J. daCunha, an alumnus who teaches strategic management.

The 3,000-strong alumni base helps the school’s functioning in many ways — be it the alumnus-student mentorship programme, to guest lectures, the alumni form a major part of the life of the present students at the B-school.

“My years at JBIMS were a culmination of theoretical knowledge and learning from practical training but I learned a lot more from my batchmates who were from diverse backgrounds,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures.

Besides, JBIMS also has a friendly batch of seniors — the second-year students, who take turns to conduct various induction sessions for the incoming batch.

“The first year is very hectic and so, every junior is allotted a senior to help him adjust,” said Rohan Mehta (23), a second-year student of Masters in Management Studies (MMS).

An incubation centre for student entrepreneurs was started last year as an initiative of the Entrepreneur-ship Cell. “The cell helps students source funds from venture capitalists,” said D’Silva.

Factfile
Main courses offered: Masters in Management Studies
Course fee: R99,225 per year
Current batch size: 120
Male-female ratio: 90 (m): 30 (f)
Average salary (2010): R12.83 lakh p.a.
Famous alumni: Uday Kotak, Executive VC & MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank, Harish Manwani, President, Unilever plc (Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe), Vinita Bali, MD & CEO, Britannia Industries and Mani Ratnam, film director
Top recruiters: McKinsey & Co., Deloitte India, Citibank, Hindustan Unilever, Procter & Gamble, ITC, Britannia Industries, Bloomberg
Fun factor: Ice-breaker party for freshers and annual alumni dinner

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