IIM Vizag joins hands with NIT-Warangal, IIITDM Kurnool for MBA programme

Visakhapatnam: Indian Institute of Management-Visakhapatnam has joined hands with the National Institute of Technology-Warangal and the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Kurnool to launch a bespoke MBA programme for the BTech/MTech students. This is probably the first such management education initiative from different centrally funded academic institutions in both the Telugu states, if not the country, particularly from an IIM. The course was launched at IIM Vizag on Wednesday.
The two-year hybrid MBA programme, titled as a postgraduate programme in management for the centrally funded technical institutions (PGPMCI), would admit BTech students pursuing their sixth semester and MTech students in their second semester.
If the student opts out of the programme upon completion of his/her BTech/MTech after successful completion of two modules of this course, the student would be awarded a management diploma, whereas the students who pursue all the four modules would be granted an MBA degree. Apart from saving a year for the aspirants to complete the MBA programme, the programme would do away with the need of appearing for the CAT (Common Admission Test).
Speaking to ToI, NIT Warangal director Prof Bidyadhar Subudhi and IIITDM director Prof DVLN Somayajulu explained how the techno-managerial skills have become more critical for almost any job role in recent times. “As the programme would impart to or hone the managerial skills of the admitted pupils, who might have possibly acquired the core technical skills before enrolling in this course, this would improve their employment and higher education prospects. The programme is like offering a holistic learning experience for the students as it would integrate engineering competencies with management skills. As the industries are increasingly opting for people with both the skills, this would give them an advantage in the job market,” said Prof Subudhi and Prof Somayajulu.
“This collaboration may lead to several such new courses between these institutes in the future and may serve as a role model for other institutions in the country. When this initiative was explained to the authorities during the recent meeting conducted on the progress of the new education policy, this has drawn wide appreciation” added Prof Somayajulu.
IIMV director Prof M Chandrasekhar said that the programme would be offered in a hybrid mode. “It equips the students not only with the technical proficiency expected from a centrally funded technical institution but also with the strategic thinking and leadership abilities essential for managerial roles. Furthermore, this program offers an array of benefits such as students becoming alumni of IIMV, gaining access to a vast network of professionals and resources,” said Prof Chandrasekhar.
Program chair Prof MS Jawed described the collaboration as a pioneering effort that marks a significant milestone in the realm of management education. “This would offer a unique pathway for engineering and technology enthusiasts to seamlessly integrate managerial skills into their technical prowess,” said Prof Jawed.

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