IIIT-A to launch new 5-yr dual degree management course
- In a first, Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad (IIIT-A) is gearing up to introduce a unique integrated (dual degree) management programme.
In a first, Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad (IIIT-A) is gearing up to introduce a unique integrated (dual degree) management programme. This new course would allow class 12 passed students to enrol for a five-year course that would allow them to earn a BBA and an MBA (IT) degree after getting admitted on the basis of a single admission test, said IIIT-A officials.
Being started under the national educational policy (NEP)-2020, the course “NEP-inspired Integrated (Dual Degree) Programme in Management—IT (IPM-IT)” would offer the students three separate exit options too: Leave with a BBA degree after three years, opt out with a post graduate diploma in management after year or stay and complete the course and earn the dual degrees after five years, they added.
The course ordinance and its curriculum have already been approved by the IIIT-A senate—the institute’s top decision-making body for all academic affairs. "Now the proposal will be put before the Board of Governors in their next meeting for final approval before its launch," said IIIT-A director Prof P Nagabhushan.
He said the institute was also working on the admission aspect of the course and that it would also get finalised soon. “We are exploring existing national level entrance exams existing for such courses and also looking at the need and feasibility of conducting an entrance exam at our level,” he added.
“As envisaged in NEP-2020, the institute will be giving an integrated package of knowledge delivery and also skill accretions. The basic feature of NEP is to reduce the contents and module of classes and let candidates learn by experience. As per NEP, we have taken calculated decision to reduce the number of hours for theory classes and instead give the students time to interact and do more time for practical/experimenting,” he said.
In this new course, a student till six semesters would be equipped with the knowledge of various functional areas of management and after that would learn specialised aspects like finance, marketing, human resource management etc, officials shared.
Presently, IIIT-A offers integrated five–year (dual degree) BTech (ECE) and MBA(IT) as well as five–year (dual degree) BTech (IT) and MBA(IT) courses. Its department of management studies also offers a two-year MBA programme also.