Most Diverse batch at SPJIMR: 41% women students

Most Diverse batch at SPJIMR: 41% women students

SPJIMR (S P Jain Institute of Management & Research) on Monday (June 19) inaugurated the most diverse batch of its largest programme - the two year, full-time MBA-equivalent Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). The 37th batch, of SPJIMR PGDM Class of 2019, has a total of 243 participants and is one of the most diverse batches of the PGDM, with 41 per cent women participants. The batch has 26 per cent non-engineers coming from various streams and professions. This year, the batch has a total of five international students from Australia and Nepal. The batch joins campus at a time when SPJIMR is fast-upgrading its infrastructure, expanding its offerings to new segments and increasing international collaborations.

Said Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, "We are high on diversity and what is important is that this is a part of our normal process of improvement. It is not being done through any form of quotas but it is being done by processes which look not only at academics but holistically at the overall personality and attitude of the candidate. Because of this, the ratio within our student population more approximates the talent in the overall population. This is in evidence with this batch. The number of non-engineers has gone up. We have sportspersons, musicians and people from various diverse backgrounds who are also good academically."

The PGDM Programme Chair, Dr. Vasant Sivaraman said, "In a changing world that sees an uncertain future, adaptability along with specialised skills that participants achieve in an MBA are a key to success. The knowledge, skills and attitude that is part of the SPJIMR way offers participants the path to sustainable growth, success and fulfilment."

Over the past several months, the SPJIMR faculty undertook a review of the programme by drawing upon insights from multiple stakeholders. As an outcome of this exercise, the programme architecture has been refreshed; some of this new direction is being launched with the Class of 2019. This will be the first time students will receive a Kindle e-book reader pre-loaded with their prescribed books. SPJIMR has set up a special arrangement with Amazon and with book publishers to offer as many books as possible to students in the digital format.

As part of the PGDM's Global Fast Track (GFT) initiative, participants will visit a global B-School in the second year for advanced courses in their area of specialisation. The partner B-Schools include Cornell University (Johnson School of Management) for finance and marketing management, Michigan State University (Eli Broad College of Business) for operations and supply chain management and Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business) for information management.

S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) (http://www.spjimr.org) is a constituent of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and is ranked among the top ten business schools of India. As a premier school of management, SPJIMR is noted for pedagogic innovations and pioneering programmes, which have helped the institute stand out for its unique and distinctive path in management education. The philosophical pillars upon which rest the edifice of SPJIMR's educational pedagogy and development are 'influencing practice' and 'promoting value-based growth'. SPJIMR currently operates only from its 45 acre campus in Andheri, Mumbai. To avoid confusing us with any other institution, look for the five strokes logo and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan association.

SOURCE S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research



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