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GITAM MBA attracts marquee corporates

Aditya Sabharwal

The Gandhi Institute of Management’s MBA class of 2018 has done its institution proud. The final year batch which comprised of a total of 200 students had 150 students opt for placements this year out of which 95% have been placed up to date.
The remaining students chose to take the entrepreneurial route.
It was a record year for GITAM’s MBA class wherein one of its final year student received the highest ever offer of Rs. 12.5 lakhs. This beat GITAM MBA’s previous year high of Rs. 7.5 lakhs.
The company that made this offer was none other than the e-commerce giant that has made a bet of billions of dollars of being India’s largest online marketplace. Amazon India’s Coimbatore office made this offer to one of GITAM’s final year MBA student.
‘This year has started out with a bang. The demand for GITAM MBA students has increased year over year’ says Professor Ms P Sheela, Principal, GITAM Institute of Management.
Identifying soft skills as one of their core areas of focus she says a huge emphasis has been put into enhancing the soft skills of its students.
‘The MBA curriculum at GITAM is not so much course driven as it is towards enhancing the student’s overall personality’ says the Principal.
Twenty five percent of the student’s appraisal is academic based while a whopping 75% is based on participation on various activities including group discussions and sports activities.
This leads to a marked transformation in their personality said Prof. Sheela.
Among the many companies that made their presence at GITAM (for its MBA students) included the likes of Deloitte, ICICI group, HDFC Asset management, ITC, Nestle, pharma giant GSK.
The average salary package for its final year MBA class stood at Rs. 5.5 lakhs.
‘Corporates today expect students to be job ready from day one hence the onus lies on the institute to train these students in the best possible manner’.
Out of the students that enroll for GITAM’s MBA program around 60% come from engineering backgrounds, 25% from commerce while 15% are from other disciplines
Incubator at GITAM
And for students who decide to take the startup route the institute has an incubation center. The Abdul Kalam incubation center provides an ecosystem for young budding entrepreneurs to get an opportunity to nurture their business idea through an efficient mentoring process.
Industry needs to wake up
Crediting the institute she however opines that the industry needs to be more aware while hiring. The Principal states that often a company’s HR is not aware of what skills are actually required for their respective roles. This she feels can be addressed by more interaction between the institute and the organization.
“We are the first institute in the country to introduce integrated courses at the undergrad-uate level” says the Professor.
The CIMA and ACCA courses help students get the much needed professional understanding of a particular type of course. Sometimes corporates are surprised to learn that we offer these types of certifications states Ms Sheela.
Riding on the FINTECH wave in the country, the institute last year launched its first ever MBA in Fintech! The first batch of around 20 students is said to graduate in 2019.

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