September 9, 2011
School of Business, Bengaluru
“Executive MBA programs are usually designed for mid-career professionals who have not had the opportunity to gain an MBA degree at the start of their career. Today most corporations value managers who have either an MBA or an E-MBA from a reputed institution.”
Introducing E-MBA programs in this manner, Amrita School of Business Dean Dr. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram highlighted its unique proposition in his feature article titled Value Addition.
The feature was published on August 2 in the Times of India, Chennai edition.
“E-MBA is recognized the world over as an important qualification that can bring great value to the participants. In Europe and the US, for example, executive MBA programs are considered such significant value enhancers that the price of an E-MBA program is substantially higher than an MBA program,” he added.
“Many employers encourage greatly valued employees to participate in an E-MBA program at the company’s expense,” he highlighted.
Reiterating many of these points, Dr. Kalyanaram had the opportunity to welcome the fifth batch of students in Amrita’s E-MBA/MS program on September 3 at the Bengaluru campus.
The program offered by Amrita is unique in many ways. Not only does it involve a collaborative partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo but also students get not one but two degrees upon completion of the program – an executive MBA degree from Amrita and an MS degree (for Management of IT Services) from SUNY.
The incoming batch of students represented leading IT companies not only in Bengaluru but also other nearby cities such as Chennai.
Speaking to these budding managers was Chief Guest Ravi Kallayil, Business Director, Nike India. Having studied at both Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru and Wharton, USA, he had a lot to say.
Kallayil specifically highlighted innovation and leadership as being the key to success in any organisation.
Quoting examples from his work at Nike, he imparted sound advice, “There’s always an advantage and a disadvantage with taking risks, they may come in form of opportunities or challenges. It is up to us to do what we can to take a call and turn the situation around.”
A reception and lunch followed during which the new students had the opportunity to interact with their fellow students and faculty and staff members.
- With input from Apoorv Singhal, MBA-MS student, Bengaluru campus