MBA in India
An Interview with Prof.Sridhara Murthy, Director of the National School of Business Bangalore
Q1. Could you briefly tell us about the NSB.
National School of Business is a unique initiative of National Educational and Social Trust (NEST), and an outcome of serious thinking that went into making management education more industry-compliant, global in outlook and meaningful. NSB is promoted by a group of eminent educationists from across the globe and industry professionals with a vision to create intellectual capital for the world. Successful professionals from various fields with proven credentials and rich experience are part of this endeavor. NSB is fully committed to offer the very best in every aspect of academics to give students sound footing in management career. NSB believes in settling for nothing less than total success and is willing to chase aspirations of students till the point of fulfillment.
NSB, today, is among highly ranked B-Schools, which signifies our commitment to quality and achieving excellence.
Q2. What are the Courses offered?
We offer MBA +PGPM (A Dual Degree and Dual Certification Course). The Dual degree comes with its own advantages: On the one hand, the Degree certificate from a UGC recognized university allows you to either pursue higher education (including doctoral studies) or take up jobs in public sector and semi-government organizations.On the other hand, the industry endorsed, autonomous PGPM Certificate from National School of Business Results in higher employability. These courses are identified and delivered in association with recognized industry bodies. This will also lead to an additional certificate from the appropriate bodies.
Q3. What is the fee structure like?
The fees structure for the whole program is Rs. 3,70,000. It included University fees, Examination Fees, Course materials and books, Welcome kit and so on. There are no hidden charges to students. Students can pay this in 4 equal installment basis.
Q4. What is your faculty strength?
NationalSchoolof Business is known for excellence in teaching. We have 23 highly accomplished professors on board. Our professors are a right mix of people from industry and academics.
Q5. Tell us about your Admission process at NSB.
The admission process at NSB is very competitive. We normally receive over 3000 applications for the 150 seats that we have. The interested students can apply online at www.nsbindia.org ( no application fee). On receiving application, students will be invited for personal or telephonic interviews. Successful candidates will also be considered for the Scholarships available from time to time.
Students who apply early have the better chance of getting Scholarships. Students are advised to call the admission hotline: 93792 44004 for more information.
Q6. What is the cut-off (in relevant entrance exams) for candidates to be called for a GD and PI.
We make admission decision based on many criteria. Weakness in one area does not mean that the applicant is eliminated. Therefore, we do not have cut off as such for applications. Some of the important attributes that we look in an applicant include:
1. Academic performance and test score
2. Performance in the Interview
3. Prior work experience
4. Level of maturity and motivation
5. Ability and willingness to make a commitment to the graduate study in business
6. Extra curricular achievements, honors and awards
Q7. What kind of background and profile does your institute look for in new students? What weightage is given to pre-MBA work experience?
NationalSchool of Business admit students from diverse academic backgrounds and from all parts of India. The ideal candidate for MBA would be a students who has a first class degree, good communication skills, and ability to work hard.
People with work experience are given preference during the selection process. The weightage for work experience will be calculated as - 5% per year for non-managerial cadres and 10% per year for management cadres.
Q8. Is there any sector or function specific focus while targeting companies for Placement?
Yes. National School of Business identifies the student interests well in advance to cater to their specific requirements. In fact, the companies and sectors we target every year depends on the interests of the students.
Q9. What is the placement record like? How many companies do you have on your placement list and how many new companies do you get each year?
We have 100% placement record since inception. We have over 900 companies in our active company database and every year we invite about 150 companies for campus placements.
Q10. Do you foresee any difficulty in placing students taking into account the current market climate?
No. We do not foresee any difficulty in placements. The reason is obvious - We admit only 150 good students. We train them well and approach the placements methodically.
Q11. Do you have any international affiliations?
Yes. We have international affiliations to the following B-schools-
1. ESC-PAU, France
2. University of Deutso, Spain.
Q12. What does your institute offer students outside of academics?
NationalSchoolof Business is a place that's stimulating, exciting, and fun-filled. A place that has something interesting happening every day of the year. A place that encourages students to pursue their interests and explore their imagination.
Regular guest lectures at the B-school are a big attraction amongst the student communities. Students get an opportunity to interact with who's who of business world.
Students are exposed to different forums like annual paper presentation, final strategic showdowns and above all students themselves form the backbone of most of the clubs in a B-school. There are different clubs relating to different specialisations. The basic purpose of these clubs is to expose students to real business like situations and sharpen their business acumen.
In short, two years in a B-school provides students' an experience that opens new ideas and new opportunities that stay with you for life.
Q13. What makes your institute stand out among other MBA schools?
1. Exceptional Professors
2. Hands on learning opportunities
3. Student Consulting Projects and Graduate Assistantships
4. Vibrant social life
Q14. Does your institute offer Scholarships or loans?
Yes. National School of Business offers Scholarships to needy and meritorious students. In the past two years we have offered almost Rs.1,00,00,000 as Scholarships. Almost 80 percent of our students are successful getting full or partial Scholarships.
Q15. What are future plans for the Institute?
We are currently ranked No. 9th best in South India. We would like to improve our ranking further and become a well-known name in the area of management education.
Q16. Do you have any international student exchange programs? If yes explain in detail.
NationalSchoolof Business has a very strong exchange program. In the last three years as many as 100 students have benefitted from the program. Our exchange program is free and does not involve any payment of tuition differential. We also receive hundreds of international students on exchange.
Q17. Does NSBfacilitate Internship for students during the course of the program? If yes, explain in detail.
Yes. National School of Business facilitates exchange program. Most of these internships are paid. Some of the companies where our students have completed internships include:
Alltech, ANZ Bank, Accumen Finance, Altisource Finance, Asian Paints, Accenture, Adtree, AMBA Research, Angel Broking, Apex Bank, Bharti Airtel Services, Blue Star Infotech, Birla Sunlife, BATA, Berger Paints, Cafee Coffee Day, Convergys India Services, Citrix
Ernst & Young
Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
Hotel Royal Orchid
HTMT Global Solutions
iGate Global Solutions
JP Morgan Chase
Oracle India Ltd.
SodexhoPassServices (I) Pvt. Ltd
Symphony Marketing Solutions
T.C.S (Tata Consultancy Services)
Way 2 Wealth
Q18. How many students were placed this year and what were the sectors they were placed in.
Average Salary : Rs.3.8 Lakhs PA
Minimum Salary: Rs.2.4 Lakhs PA
Maximum Salary: Rs. 6.8 Lakhs PA
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