Dr. Ram Ramesh
The collaborative dual-degree program offered by SUNY at Buffalo and Amrita University has taken great strides over the last few years. The joint effort began in 2005 when we began to conceptualize the dualdegreeidea and several individuals from both the institutions as well asthe IT industry contributed enormously to this effort. The program tookshape with a strong partnership with HP and the first class of the dualdegree began in 2007. At that time, the students earned a MS inManagement of IT Services (MITS) from SUNY at Buffalo and an MSin Management Information Systems (MIS) from Amrita University.There were two cohorts in 2007, both at the executive level, comprisingof students working at leading IT businesses in Bangalore such as HP, IBM, Nokia, Oracle, Cisco and many others. This class graduated inFebruary 2009, heralding the arrival of our program and showing theway to continued success. The class of 2008 also had two cohorts at theexecutive level, similar to 2007. In 2009, Amrita University took a bigstep forward in two ways. First, they began to offer an MBA degreeinstead of their MS. The MBA is a 2-year program unlike the 1.5 - year MS program. Second, besides the executive class, they started a regularfull-time class. Both classes were offered the dual-degrees from the tworespective institutions. Now, we are onto our class of 2010 that is justcommencing, and the march is on!
The dual-degree program is unique in so many ways. Six of the 11courses required for the MS in MITS degree are taught by Professorsfrom SUNY at Buffalo who fly into Bangalore to conduct classes. Theother courses are taught by Amrita faculty. All the courses emphasize theknowledge of different management skills such as finance, marketing, international business and law etc., different domains of knowledgesuch as IT and healthcare to name a few, a variety of methodologicalskills such as IT project management, systems analysis and design, contract development and basic functional management methodologiessuch as the techniques of accounting, statistics, field studies, surveysand many more. Besides these skills, we also strongly emphasize softskills communication, teamwork, negotiation and people managementas essential and equally important with the other skills. We develop ourstudents to be outstanding in these skills; they will definitely be wellequippedto face the challenges in the modern world of business. Our corporate partners have also played crucial roles in our efforts tobring a first-rate program that would produce top-notch talent for boththe Indian and worldwide industry. Especially, corporations such as HP, Motorola, Oracle, 24x7, Symphony and many others have supportedour educational enterprise in so many ways. Their participation in ourstudent recruitment, classroom education, internships, placement andmany other facets of our enterprise has been vital. This also grounds thetheoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom in real practices outthere in the field, making our students not only capable of solving realworldproblems but also very strong managers of organizations, peopleand technologies.