Grounding B-school curriculum
P. K. Vasudeva
WITH globalisation taking its root and the inter-connectivity of the global economy asserting itself, the demand for management education is experiencing exponential growth. Nowhere is the craze more conspicuous than in India.

Old teaching methods help retain knowledge
OLD-fashioned ways of teaching like reciting times-tables and verb conjugations are better than trendy new teaching methods, say researchers. Researchers believe that reciting facts shortly after learning them is better than many new-style educational methods.


  • Stress on all round development

  • Results declared

  • Semester exams

  • Hobby classes from Feb 1

  • Ultra-modern endoscopic procedures



Grounding B-school curriculum
P. K. Vasudeva

WITH globalisation taking its root and the inter-connectivity of the global economy asserting itself, the demand for management education is experiencing exponential growth. Nowhere is the craze more conspicuous than in India.

The number of MBA graduates churned out by about 2,000 government-approved B-schools in the country is around two lakh annually. China has some 200 B-schools and an annual turnover of 40,000 graduates, while the corresponding figures for the US are around 900 B-schools churning out 1.5 lakh MBA students.

A comparative analysis of the figures made by the Technopak Consulting Group, shows that India has 100 management school seats per billion dollars of GDP, as against six in China, 11 in the US, and 13 in the UK. The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) are flooded with applications from 200 new institutions every year for accreditation of their MBA courses. With the numbers registering a steep rise exceeding 20 per cent every year, it is becoming difficult to separate the chaff from the grain.

Management education has become a sort of El Dorado, with aspirants willing to pay whatever asked for in the hope of making up in the placements and salaries they hope to command.

The result is that fees are skyrocketing with no regulating authority going into whether they are commensurate with the quality of education and teaching and the employability of the products. The AICET has to be very strict in allowing such poor quality institutions to stop mushrooming.

A more disturbing aspect is that most of the so-called B-schools are content to be clones of each other. They offer identical courses, use indistinguishable nomenclature and parrot similar jargon, unabashedly imitating Western B-schools, especially those of the US.

They take pride in flaunting their tie-ups with B-schools abroad, importing a large number of their faculty members and case studies at a huge cost. Most of the case studies generated abroad make no attempt to draw on the lessons provided by the phenomenal achievements of Indian private and public sector institutions and civil society.

Private sector luminaries, Western scholars and some like-minded Indian academics dominate their governing bodies. There is no display on the premises of any of the B-schools the geniuses of this great country, whose profound insights could vastly enrich the quality of management education and make it relevant to India’s cultural and social contexts.

They can only be of minimal help in finding Indian solutions to Indian problems viewed through Indian eyes. The curriculum in B-schools continues to be silo-like, functionally focused. Not surprisingly, the mantra that has echoed in the halls of B-schools in the recent past has been “integrative thinking”. Although that is vital, tomorrow’s B-schools will fail in their mission if they are focused on facilitating integrative learning of the business functions only. These functions are obviously critical, but they may not be sufficient for successful business leadership.

To help produce the type of transformative leaders, B-schools should provide students access to non-traditional knowledge areas. For example, the training that one needs to run a successful financial institution goes beyond the knowledge of business functions and likely includes an understanding of public policy, law and politics.

The importance of New Delhi to Dalal Street or Washington to Wall Street is more critical than we think, and the distance between them is shorter than one would imagine, if you are trying to succeed in business. The latest competition law needs to be included besides sustainable development of the country.

Tomorrow’s curriculums in B-schools will have to break free of the legacy of Western business education and focus on the unique needs of the vast growth markets of tomorrow — that include Prahalad’s insights on the “bottom of the pyramid and strategic intent”.

Also, new methods of marketing research for the “bottom-of-the-pyramid” require creative approaches to survey and measure key issues such as customer needs, preference and choice because of hurdles such as customer illiteracy or semi-literacy. These methods are being developed and can be expected to become a part of curriculums in the successful B-schools of tomorrow.

 Today, management education is at a crossroads. There are unique opportunities emerging from the changes, challenges, and expectations shaped by technology, market needs, the public’s perception of business, and discerning MBA aspirants.

The B-schools that excel tomorrow will likely be those that grab these opportunities by modifying existing curricula to address the public’s expanded expectations of business leaders and cater to new priorities in emerging markets. Further, these schools will need to make available to their students areas of knowledge outside traditional business functions, and facilitate life-long learning for their alums by providing access to modern knowledge from faculty involved in cutting edge research, and offering these faculty incentives to be involved in beyond-the-classroom teaching and mentorship.

This is a high order; however, the B-schools that pursue such an agenda are likely emerge as true catalysts of change in the personal growth of budding business leaders, and through them, in the growth of corporations and communities of tomorrow.

The author is a former trade senior professor, ICFAI Business School, Chandigarh

Old teaching methods help retain knowledge

OLD-fashioned ways of teaching like reciting times-tables and verb conjugations are better than trendy new teaching methods, say researchers. Researchers believe that reciting facts shortly after learning them is better than many new-style educational methods.

The “simple recall” seems to cement the knowledge “in memory” so it is more permanently embedded for use later, the Telegraph, London reported, citing a study in the journal Science.

Many modern teachers rely heavily on learning techniques like concept or mind mapping to help students retain the most from the texts they read, the study said.

This involves drawing elaborate diagrams to represent relationship between words, ideas and tasks.

But two experiments, carried out by Jeffrey Karpicke at Purdue University, Indiana, US, concluded that this was less effective than constant informal testing and reciting.

Karpicke asked around 100 college students to recall in writing, in no particular order, as much as they could from what they had just read from science material.

Although most students expected to learn more from the mapping approach, the retrieval exercise actually worked much better to strengthen both short-term and long-term memory, the study said. — IANS


Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
Stress on all round development

HOLDING elections to the Jat Education Society (JES) at the earliest and making necessary arrangements for smooth and fair conduct of the elections had been the main priority. This was claimed by the recently appointed Administrator of the society and Vice-Chancellor of MDU, Dr R. P. Hooda.

Urging upon the institutional heads of the JES to work for all round development of their respective educational institutes, he asked them to initiate campus beautification drive, including plantation and putting the things in order. He said all the institutes would initiate the formulation of Budget estimates for 2011-12. He also asked the institutional heads to shun ad hocism and develop a systematic functioning mode.

Meanwhile, in a meeting held here recently a decision was taken for the installation of statues of luminaries involved in establishment of the Jat educational institutes, including the legendry kisan leader Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram.

Results declared

The university has declared the results of Diploma in Education (DEd) first year supplementary examinations held on January 4 and 6 this year. According to the Controller of Examination, Dr B.S. Sindhu, the result have been made available on the university website The candidates who wish to take the next examination in July 2011 on the basis of this result may submit their examination forms up to January 31 without late fee.

Semester exams

The MDU will hold the Semester Examinations for I.T. & Management courses of Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) from January 28. According to the university spokesperson, the varsity has made necessary arrangements for smooth conduct of semester examinations. Date sheet is available on the university website The timings for the examination will be from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

Hobby classes from Feb 1

The university under the aegis of its Students' Welfare Office will conduct hobby classes of music and dance for the university students. Hobby classes are being introduced on the campus to provide students' with an opportunity to develop musical skills to broaden their personality and provide them recreation as well.

According to university officials, students can learn both classical and folk dances in the hobby classes of dance, while the music class will cover the learning of guitar, mouth organ, harmonium, and tabla. The hobby classes will commence from February 1 at the Students' Activity Centre of the university.

Pt. B. D. Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak
Ultra-modern endoscopic procedures

PGIMS, Rohtak, has launched various ultra-modern endoscopic procedures, including endoscopy, colonoscopy and ERCP, for the patients with disorders related to gastroenterology, a wing of the super-speciality medicine. The latest move has been made the Medical Gastroenterology Department, which was started only five months ago. The department has started endoscopic procedures on twice-a-week basis with indoor facilities, claimed Dr Parveen Malhotra, head of the department. Dr Malhotra has been specially trained for these procedures at a Hyderabad-based super-specialty hospital of international repute. He said such procedures would help in diagnosing and treating patients suffering from ulcers, blood in vomit or stools, liver, esophagus, stomach and intestinal diseases, cancer, and foreign body removal.

— Contributed by Bijendra Ahlawat



Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management – Kerala (IIITM-K), Ground Floor, Nila Building Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram 695581 (Ker)

PG Diploma in Agricultural Informatics (1 year)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree in (Agriculture / Horticulture / Fisheries / Animal Husbandry / Veterinary / Dairy Sciences / Sericulture / Forestry / Co-operation & Banking / Agricultural Engg / Dairying / Food Sc / Food Processing / Agri Business Mgmt) / Masters degree in (Botany / Zoology / Biotech / Environmental Sc)

Application Form & Details: Website
Application Deadline: 31 January 2011


Gautam Buddha University, Administrative Building, Greater Noida, Gautam Budh Nagar 201308 (UP)

1) Integrated Dual Degree- BTech + MTech / MBA in (Civil Engg / Computer Sc & Engg / Electrical Engg / Electronics & Comm Engg / Mechanical Engg / Biotech) (5 years)
2) MTech (Environmental Engg / Structural Engg / Biotech / Power Systems Engg / Industrial Engg & Mgmt) (2 years)
3) MTech (Biotech / Environemntal Sc & Engg) for Science graduates (3 years)
4) MTech (ICT) for (Engg graduates / Science graduates)

Selection: Entrance Test

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 15 March 2011

Visvesvaraya Technological University, Jnana Sangama, Belgaum 590018 (Kar) (Deemed University)

PhD: Engg / Science / Business admin / Computer Application (Full Time / Part Time)
MSc Engg
(By Research)

Selection: Entrance Test: 13 March 2011

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 28 February 2011

Vel Tech Dr RR & Dr SR Technical University, # 42, Avadi Vel Tech Road, Avadi, Chennai 600062 (TN) /

BTech Progs:
(Comp Science & Engg / IT / Information & Telecommunication Engg / Electronics & Communication Engg / Electronics & Instrumentation Engg / Electrical & Electronic Engg / Mechanical Engg / Aeronautical Engg / Automobile Engg / Industrial Engg / Mechatronics / Metallurgy Engg / Production Engg / Civil Engg / Biotechnology)
ME / MTech / MBA / MCA / MPhil / PhD

Selection: VTUEEE 2011 Engineering Exam: 14 May 2011

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: 24 April 2011


DOEACC Centre Calicut, PB No 5, NIT Campus PO, Calicut 673601 (Ker) (M/o Communication & IT, GoI)

1) PG Diploma in VLSI & Embedded Hardware Design (24 weeks)
2) PG Diploma in ASIC Design & Verification (24 weeks)

Eligibility: For 1: BE / BTech (Electronics / Electronics & Comm / Electrical / Instrumentation / Computer Sc) / MSc in Electronics
For 2: BE / BTech / ME / MTech (Electronics / Electronics & Comm / Electrical / Instrumentation / Computer Sc) / MSc in Electronics

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Course Commences: 23 February 2011


Kendriya Hindi Shikshan Mandal, Hindi Sansthan Marg, Agra 282005 (UP)

1) Hindi Shikshan Nishant (MEd Equivalent)
2) Hindi Shikshan Parangat (BEd Equivalent)
3) Hindi Shikshan Praveen (Teacher Training Certificate)

Application Form: Send Rs 200/- by DD favouring "Secretary, Kendriya Hindi Shikshan Mandal, Agra" at the above address by 28 February 2011 / Download from website.

Details: Employment News (15-21 January 2011) / Website

Application Deadline: 31 March 2011


IIM-Indore, Pigdamber, Rau, Indore 453331 (MP)

Exec PG Programme in Management (1 year)

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (50%), minimum 5 years work experience.

Selection: Valid CAT / GMAT scores

Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 20 April 2011

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management & Higher Studies (NMIMS), School of Distance Learning, VL Mehta Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056 (Mah) (Deemed University)

PG Diploma (2 years) / Diploma (1 year) Programs in:
(Business Mgt / Marketing Mgt / Finance Mgt / HR Mgt / International Trade Mgt / Banking & Finance Mgt / Supply Chain Mgt)

Application Form & Details: Website

Registration Deadline: 14 February 2011

LMT School of Management, Thapar University, Patiala 147004 (Punj)

MBA (2 years)

Eligibility: BE / BTech / MA or MSc in (Maths / Stats / Computer Sc / Electronics / Physics / Operations Research / Info Sc / IT) / MCA, 60% / for non Engg Bachelors degree in Science (+ 1-yr bridge course)
Selection: Test: 27 February 2011; CAT / GMAT qualified can appear directly for GD & Interview

Application Form: Send crossed DD of Rs 1550/- favouring the "Registrar, Thapar University, Patiala" to the above address / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 11 February 2011


National Institute of Epidemiology, D/o Health Research, Chennai 600077 (TN) (ICMR, M/o Health & Family Welfare, GoI)

1) PG Diploma in HIV Epidemiology (1 year)
2) Master of Public Health (Epidemiology / Health Systems – (Heath Services Development & Research), 2 years
(In collaboration with Sree Chitra Trunal Institute for Medical Sc & Tech, Thiruvananthapuram; Conducted by ICMR Scholl of Public Health at NIE, Chennai)

Eligibility: MBBS
Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 15 March 2011

Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Sadiq Road, Faridkot 151203 (Punj)

Post Graduate Entrance Test (PGET-2011)
(For PG Degree / Diploma / DM / MCh Courses at Government Medical / Dental Colleges in Amritsar, Patiala & Faridkot & Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana)

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 07 February 2011

National Brain Research Centre, NH 8, Manesar, Gurgaon 122050 (Har) (Autonomous Institute of D/o Biotechnology; M/o Science & Technology, GoI)

1) PhD in Neuroscience
2) Integrated PhD in Neuroscience


For 1: Masters degree (in Life Sc / Physics / Chemistry / Maths / Statistics / Computer Application / Pharmacy / Veterinary Sc / Psychology or equivalent) / MBBS / BDS / BE / BTech

For 2: Bachelors degree (Life Science / Physics / Chemistry / Maths / Statistics / Computer Application / Pharmacy / Veterinary Science / Psychology or equivalent) / Medicine / BE / BTech.

(For 1 & 2: min 55 % aggregate in Class 10 &12 and in qualifying exam)
Selection: Selection Test: 13 March ‘11; Interview

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Application Deadline: 15 February 2011

Medvarsity Online Ltd, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals Complex, Sarita Vihar, Delhi-Mathura Road, New Delhi (Certification from Apollo Hospitals Education & Research Foundation & Medvarsity )

PG Diploma in Hospital Administration (Correspondence, 1 year)

Eligibility: Graduates in Medicine (Allopathy / Unani / Ayurveda / Homeopathy / Physiotherapy / Nursing / Paramedics)

Details: Contact: Vishal Sinha (9899411505), Dharmenra (9818067313)

Course Commences: 21 February 2011

Sports Authority of India, Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala 147001 (Punj)

PG Diploma in Sports Medicine (2 years, at Patiala)

Eligibility: MBBS with 1 year compulsory internship / permanent medical registration with State Medical Council / MCI / MD / MS in (Physiology / Medicine / Orthopaedics / Surgery) preferred
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Send Rs 550/- by DD favouring "Executive Director, Sports Authority of India, NSNIS, Patiala" payable at the above address / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 18 February 2011


Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, 496, Udyog Vihar Phase III, Gurgaon 122016 (Har) (Deemed University) (D/o Biotechnology, GoI

Vaccine Research Innovation (VRI) Awards
(For young scientists to work at Vaccine and Infectious Disease Research Centre (VIDRC))

Eligibility: PhD degree in any area of Modern Biology with preference to those with expert and interest in Infectious Disease / Vaccine Research.
Award: Rs 40,000/- pm for three years which may be extended by two years
Application Form & Details: Employment News (15 – 21 January 2011) / Website

Application Deadline: 15 February 2011

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, (CSIR) Anusandhan Bhawan, 2 Rafi Marg, New Delhi 110001

CSIR Award for S&T Innovation for Rural Development

Objective: To create a paradigm shift in standards of quality of life or alleviated the drudgery of the rural people; Demonstrated competitive advantage and positive user response; Helped in generation of rural employment in the country and shown a new way of conducting business to achieve social and economic transformation in the domain of rural development.

Eligibility: Any Indian team or a company / organisation or a company registered in India. S&T innovation that originated or has applied in India, with considerable Indian component

Award: Cash prize: Rs 10 lakh; a citation and a plaque

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Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 15 February 2011

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (TN)

IITM - Summer Fellowship Programme 2011 (2 months)
Aim: To enhance awareness and interest in high quality academic research among young Engineering, Management, Sciences and Humanities students through a goal oriented summer mini-project.

Eligibility: Students pursuing 3rd year of BE / BTech / BSc (Engg) / Integrated ME / MTech / 1st year of MSc / MA / MBA with outstanding academic background.

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Application Form & Details: Website.

Application Deadline: 18 February 2011

Kendriya Sainik Board, West Block IV, Wing V, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066 (M/o Defence, GoI)

Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Wards / Widows of Ex-Servicemen pursuing professional degree programmes

Eligibility: Professional degree in Engg / Medicine / Dental / Veterinary / MBA / MCA for academic session 2010-11

Scholarship: Rs.1250/- pm for boys & Rs.1500/- pm for girls.
Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 28 February 2011

National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS), Dr. KS Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (M/o Science & Technology, D/o Science & Technology)

Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) for 2008, 2009 & 2010

Objective: To encourage study of natural/basic sciences at Bachelors and Masters level.


(i) Open only to students enrolled in a recognised Indian institution studying natural or basic sciences (BSc, BSc(Hons) or Integrated MSc) with Aggregate marks in top 1% in both Class 10 & 12 Board Exams) OR Top 10,000 ranks in IIT-JEE / AIEEE / CBSE-Med OR

(ii) Cleared competitive exams (conducted by IISER / NISER / Integrated MSc courses in IIT / DAE-CBS) and joined courses in natural or basic sciences in 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11
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Application Deadline: 15 April 2011

Sciences – Biological

Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ranchi 835215 (Jh) (Deemed University)

PG Diploma programme in (Bioanalytical Techniques / Pharmacovigilance) (1 year) In collaboration with Lotus Clinical Research Academy Pvt Ltd., Bangalore

Eligibility: B. Pharm / MBBS / BVSc / BDS / BAMS / MSc Life Sciences from recognised Univ with min 60% in UG / PG (45% for SC/ST)

Selection: Written Test and Interview

Application Form: Send Rs 1000/- by DD drawn favouring "Birla institute of Technology," payable at Ranchi / Download from website.

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Application Deadline: 17 February 2011

All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, 110, Chittaranjan Avenue, Kolkata 700073 (WB)

1) Master of Veterinary Public Health (2 years)
(Affiliated to Calcutta University)
2) Diploma in Nursing Education & Admin (Community Health, 10 months)

Eligibility: For 1: MBBS / BVSc / AH degree, Central / State Govt employees & 1 year experience in Veterinary Sc
For 2: Certificate / Diploma in GNM. 2 year experience preferred.

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Application Deadline: 20 April 2011

Madurai Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai 625021 (TN)

1) MSc (Microbial Gene Technology / Bio-Chemical Technology) / Integrated MSc-PhD in (Genomics)
2) Post MSc- Advanced Diploma Course in Plant Genetic Engg

Eligibility: Bachelors degree

Selection: Entrance Test: 26 March ’11 & 27 March ‘11
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For 2: Entrance Test

Application Form: Send Rs 600/- by DD favouring "The Registrar, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai" payable at Madurai at the above address / Download from website.

Details: Website

Application Deadline: 28 February 2011

Sciences – Social

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, School of Habitat Studies, V N Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai 400088 (Mah)

MA / MSc in Habitat Policy & Practice, 2011-13

Eligibility: Bachelors degree (Engg / Architecture / Medicine / Physical Sciences / Law / Social Sc); with inclination in habitat sector

Selection: Written Test: 06 March 2011; Interview

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Application Deadline: 31 January 2011

School of Archival Studies, National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi 110001 (GoI)

Certificate Course in "Reprography" (04 April – 13 May 2011)
Graduate (2nd Div); Science subject preferred

Age: Below 30 years for private / Below 50 years fro sponsored candidates

Application Form: Send in prescribed format with required documents, Rs 100/-by IPO / Bank Draft favouring "Administrative Officer, National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi 110001" to the Director General of Archives, at above address.

Details: Employment News (15 – 21 January 2011)

Application Deadline: 25 February 2011


Chaudhary Devi Lal University, University Centre for Distance Learning, Sirsa 125055 (Har)

1) MA: Mass Communication / English / Education (2 years)

2) MCA (3 years)

3) MSc (Computer Science), 2 years
4) PG Diploma in: Computer Applications / Business Administration / Mass Communication (1 year)
5) BCA / BA / BCom / BA (Mass Communication), 3 years
6) Diploma in Computer Science & Technology (1 year)

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 31 January 2011

KIIT University, Koel Campus, PO-KIIT, Bhubaneswar 751024 (Oris) (Deemed University) / 

KIIT Entrance Exam (KIITEE) 2011
For admission to UG & PG courses in streams of Engineering / IT / Management / Law / Medicine / Dentistry / Nursing / Mass Communication / Fashion Design /

Selection: Entrance Test: 24 April 2011

Application Form & Details: Website

Application Deadline: 05 March 2011

Pervin Malhotra, Director, Career Guidance India (CARING) (