In an attempt to attract international students, five Indian B-schools will participate in an online student recruitment fair organised by the Graduate Management Admission Council. The Council conducts the GMAT, one of the world’s most widely used entrance test for B-schools.
In its second year, the virtual fair called will accommodate 50 B-schools across the country and is open to 2,000 students. In India the five schools are — ISB, Hyderabad, IIM Bangalore, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
“The main aim for signing up for the fair is to attract international students.” said Rajan Saxena, vice chancellor, NMIMS in Vile Parle.
The fair will be held for six hours on September 19 and 20. and will include Boston College, Pennsylvania State University and others
“The recruitment fair process — where universities set up booths, meet students and inform them about their programmes — has been recreated online,” said Ashish Bhardwaj, regional director, South Asia office of the Council.
Last year 35 B-schools were part of the fair with more than 4,000 candidates. But feedback from candidates revealed that they wanted more time to discuss with B-schools, which was why the number has been restricted to 2,000 candidates this year.
To cope with the increasing demand, the council is now looking at having the fair twice a year.
Students are registered on a first-come-first-serve basis and registrations for the fair this year will be opened at the end of August.