Landscape of MBA education in Western India

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Think about Western India and images of major industrial hubs, gigantic sea ports and highly urbanized centres come to one’s mind. This imagery has become synonymous with the identity of three states i.e. Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, which collectively form the entity of Western India. The same also stands as a testimony the prosperity of the region and tremendous economic growth potential of the region. However, economic growth is often a by-product of a thriving education system, more specifically higher education system spearheaded by management training. Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Western India is rightly regarded as one of the most preferred destinations for MBA aspirants.

Exposed red bricks and angular geometric shapes which dominate the architecture of the heritage campus of IIM Ahmedabad have become synonymous with brilliance when it comes MBA education. In fact, B-schools in Western India have been setting new benchmarks for others to follow across India. Starting from the iconic IIM Ahmedabad – one of the first management institutes in India to WeSchool; B-schools in western India lead the management education scenario in the region. These institutes have become a benchmark of excellence for others to follow.

While the ones that have already established their stronghold are continuing to push further, there are several new management institutes which have joined the race to offer excellence MBA courses. Backed by global outlook, innovative programme structures, distinctive teaching pedagogy and unmatched commitment to excellence, institutes like Sri Balaji Society Management Institutes and The Business India B-School have been leading this new wave of management education in the region.

A critical differentiating factor for these new Business schools in western India has been their industry interface. The majority of B-schools across India only consider guest lectures and seminars as the core components for industry interface. However, management schools in western India have gone ahead and accepted new standards for this which would include joint research projects, field case studies, live case studies and open management development programmes (MDPs); all conducted in collaboration with the industry stalwarts. This not only provides the necessary industry exposure to the students but also enriches the intellectual capital of management institutions.

Therefore, the landscape of management education in western India is full of opportunities for aspirants, emerging B-schools and even recruiters looking to hire talented management graduates.

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