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What does a student expect from B- Schools
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” —Albert EinsteinB-school or business schools are the educational institutions that focus on teaching business-oriented courses. Business schools offer courses ranging from undergraduate degrees to postdoctoral programs, their prime offerings are Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PGDBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Business schools align with various streams to cater to the need of Business organization. Mainly the business schools prepare an academic person to become a successful business manager. In India some of the streams of study popularly sought by various function of the organization are:
- Human Resource (HR) Management
- Finance Management
- Retail Management
- Sports Management
- Tourism Management
- IT Management
- Operations Management
- Strategic Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Marketing Management
Students who want to make a successful career in management, administration, and entrepreneurship should go for management studies. A student look for a B-school that is compatible with his/her goals- both short term and long term.
Expectations of a student from a B-school
Reputation of the B school
First expectation of student is the reputation that involves the ranking and authenticity of the college where he/she wants to go. Some of the major factors of reputation are packages, college location, college campus, achievements, alumni etc. Here the dream begins of a student toward a successful professional.
Knowledge of the faculty in the college is very important that makes the professor very exciting because the time allotted for each course remains constant.
To get best of the learning experience from the programs’ and courses a student likes to have a variety of teaching style (storytelling, role playing, corporate examples) in an institution . Lectures and tutorials boost the motivation of a student to explore new areas. Students want a high tech environment to study; B-school class rooms and lecture halls are expected to be well equipped with modern teaching aids like multimedia projectors and computers with Wi-Fi connectivity to name a few.
Infrastructure of a college/institution plays a very important role in a B-School and in imparting knowledge. Remember that the business programmes come for a hefty fees. Hence, students want value for their money from every aspect. Some of the quality infrastructural facilities that students expect are:
- Well managed Lab with well qualified Lab assistant
- Upgraded technology
- Library Membership
- Periodical & Newspaper Section
- Uninterrupted internet connection
- Reference service
- Easy search through software
- Photocopying facility
- Shopping Complex
- Cloak Room
- Study Material
Practical, Workshops, Seminars, Guest Lectures
Students expects to gain knowledge through the practical sessions, besides lectures, which should be an ideal testing grounds for students to apply and test the concepts taught. Workshops, Seminars, Guest Lectures should be added to the curricula to provide a platform for deliberation and knowledge sharing.
The most important skills that a student wants to develop in a B-school are Leadership skill and Organizational skill. To have these a student should attend and execute as many projects as possible.
Students also expect from a B-school to provide for activities related to the games & sports, festivals and personality development etc.
Day by day the demand of the business environment is changing. To meet the new demands, the teaching methods must be adaptive. The B-Schools in India should focus on the on job studies. Maybe, all students should get opportunity to work in big and varied organization for some period to understand the management by getting hands on experience. In the era of globalization there are no boundaries between two countries. To make successful business leaders the B-schools should arrange internship with Multi-national companies which can provide better high-tech environment introduce excellence to the students.
Select suitable stream and find the right college aligning with the stream
A student should select a right stream depending upon his/her background of previous study.eg: if he/she is from commerce background financial management can be a better choice. After selecting the stream find the right college where the selected course taught best (like College A is best for marketing college B is best for finance etc.)
Student life is one of the best part in the whole life cycle of an individual. In this life an individual gets a mix of academic, professional and social experience. So the B-school should ensure that the students can get all the essence of the student and professional life and student must check before admission whether the B-Schools fulfill their expectation or not.
-By Arindam Bose, an alumni of XISS, Ranchi
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