Bangalore: Indian Institute of Management- Bangalore (IIM-B) is all set to make modification in India Inc into its curriculum. The institute will conduct a course review with a team of experts pondering over the alteration required to make the students better prepared for jobs at hand. The review takes places once every three years and a separate committee is formed each time.
As per sources, for the batch of 2011, working with companies that were tapping emerging markets like Uzbekistan, Africa and Kazakhstan was a possibility that the institute had foreseen. Abhimanyu Sahai, now placed in a consulting firm, benefited from it. He had taken a course on Africa, where he was taught the ways of penetrating the markets keeping the continent's history, geography and socio-political aspects in mind.
“Around 60% of the course required us to pitch for business ventures, keeping details like how the business would contribute in prevention of AIDS. Sources also informed that the professors included alumni who had spent 15-20 years in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Sahai used this course as a discussion point during the networking dinners with the corporates, that take place right before the placements start.
In addition, reviews conducted earlier had suggested that the students, though competent with concepts and analytical abilities, needed to polish their skills when it came to execution. Also, they needed more global perspective while the classrooms were housing mostly Indian students. According Professor Janat Shah who teaches Operation Management at the institute said that therefore they started student exchange programmes with colleges in Europe, US, South-East Asia and contemporary courses like embedded leadership, international business and practice.