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Accreditation and vision of college

Published On: 28 Sep 2012 | Last Updated On: 18 Oct 2012

Selecting a B-school involves a series of steps and learning about the accreditation and vision of a B-school before joining a B-school is very important. Accreditation ensures quality education while vision helps you to reach your goal. Choosing an accredited institute and a program is essential to secure a legitimate and valuable MBA degree. Investing time and resources to check the accreditation and vision of the college or B-school will lead you to a recognized degree. 

Vision

It is very important that the vision of a B-school is in accordance with that of yours to be able to achieve your goal.  Ask yourself what do you expect from your institute? Is there anything which you need in particular? Is the B-school fulfilling all your demands?  To find out answers to these questions, it is very necessary to know the vision of a B-school.  A good management institute will always have a threefold vision – teaching, outreach and research. A good business school constantly reviews the societal needs and upgrades itself with innovation and creativity.

Select a B-school that offers programs relevant to a field of study or a career that you are interested in such as Insurance, Banking, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and others. Find out the USP (unique selling proposition) of the B-school.   Go through the syllabus of the various courses offered by the B-school; interact with faculty members to know the details and pedagogy used. Today, leading B-schools adopt case-based learning so that students get to know the real time business problems and suggest probable solutions. Focus more on practical learning than rote learning approach.  Also find out what are the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities offered by the B-school. Does it motivate students to participate in inter-school events, contests and debates, write research articles? Does the B-school send its students for industrial visits both within and outside India? What are the methods adopted by it to expose students to global business practices? What are the opportunities offered for advanced studies in preferred area of specialization?

Interact with alumni to know their feedback about their alma mater. The more you know your B-school, the more you will be able to get out of it.

Accreditation

Accreditation guarantees quality education and financial aid opportunities. If you are pursuing a course from an accredited management institute, chances are high for securing a job in leading companies.

Before choosing a B-school check whether it is affiliated/registered to a University or recognized by an apex body such as AICTE (All India Council of Tech Education), accredited by NBA (National Board of Accreditation) or approved by Government of India/Department of Technical and Higher Education (DTE) of the state. You cannot pursue PhD or any research work if the institute is not accredited. Business schools that aspire to become centers of excellence also seek ISO certification. Such institutes offering e-learning or distance education management courses are recognized by DEC (Education Council), Government of India. Tie-ups or affiliations with leading foreign universities and student exchange programs will provide global exposure to a student and open doors of new avenues.

Also one should check the ranking of a desired B-school as it will help to understand where it stands nationally as well as globally.

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