Established: 1978, Top-scoring parameters: Leadership & Governance, Campus Life, Student Profile, Infrastructure
Differentiator: Experiential learning and connect with alumni
SIBM has a rich pool of students, faculty and alumni. Both graduates and working professionals apply in equal numbers as the institute has unique courses to suit each category of students. While the regular MBA is offered in HR, Marketing, Finance and Operations, there is a specialized 30-month weekend course for working professionals. The admission process begins when students have to appear for the entrance examination SNAP and then undergo a PI-WAT (Personal Interaction and Writing Ability Test). The institute has the best in class infrastructure and is located in Pune.
The pedagogy at SIBM is focused on ‘Indian and Global Corporate Sector Module’ wherein students are exposed to corporate practices through case studies and industry relevant sessions. Moreover, senior corporate leaders are invited to take sessions on real life cases. These sessions are not just treated like an additional guest lecture, but add a credit to the regular course. The concept is called ‘floating credits’, where 1 credit is added to the student profile for attending a 15-hour session with an industry expert.
SIBM Director Dr. Vivek Sane shares, “The three most unique initiatives that create a differentiation are ‘experiential learning’, ‘joy of giving’ and ‘alumni connect’. Under experiential learning, students organize the activity named ‘Coffee with SIBM’, as a part of which, they visit 22 cities and interact with aspiring students sharing experiences from SIBM. This in itself is a brand building exercise that helps students understand the brand management concepts as well. The ‘Joy of giving’ inspires students to visit schools for the blind/ mentally disabled children and invite them to place handicraft or similar stalls in the campus where students and staff can buy their stuff and contribute financially. ‘Alumni connect’ strengthens business awareness among students through regular interactions and special projects in collaboration with the alumni.
The institute does a lot of research in a bid to bridge the gap between industry and academics. To further strengthen the same, there are student exchange programs under very significant international tie-ups. Both students and faculty are part of the exchange programme. The value addition it offers is that even fresh MBA graduates acquire significant placements from global companies coming in from Dubai, Korea, Japan etc.