Learning public systems at Syracuse University

Maxwell PGPPM Program Exec Ed Summer 2017

PGPPM’17 cohort at Syracuse University

During their recent immersion experience at Maxwell School, IIMB’s Public Policy and Management students get insights into policy formulation and implementation in the US through a variety of lectures and field visits

22 September 2017, Bengaluru: Students of the one-year Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy Management (PGPPM) at IIM Bangalore participated in a two-week International Immersion Programme at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA, from August 07 to August 18.

International Immersion at IIMB provides students with insights into the economic, social and cultural spheres of the countries they are visiting. They attend lectures with specific focus on business and industry and make field visits to familiarise themselves with local challenges and opportunities. They also visit historical sites and take part in cultural events.

Maxwell is home to the professional programs in public administration and executive education programs. The introduction on American Culture, American Federalism, and Public Programs on Healthcare systems were presented by Daniel Nelson, International Program Manager at Maxwell School.

A wide range of topics were covered during the program. The American Political System and its Federal Structure, including the political institutions, were discussed in the seminar. The complexities and how deeply they are fragmented, both horizontally as well as vertically, were also deliberated upon.

The seminars on Analysis of Poverty and Social Welfare Policies and Healthcare System of USA were interesting. The Social Security Program, under which an employee has to pay a contribution of 7.65% of his income for a period of 10 years to become eligible for the benefits, has been under tremendous distress due to reasons like increase in life expectancy, increase in the cost of healthcare and the decrease in numbers of the working population, as a result less number of people are contributing to a large number of retired persons. Similarly, the schemes like Medicare and Medicaid have huge budgetary allocations in comparison with their efficacy. The budget allocation during 2016 for Medicare was $632 billion and for Medicaid was $553 billion. Almost 18% of the GDP was being spent by US on healthcare. There are other countries which are spending much less than the US on healthcare, but achieving better results, the case in example being the UK.

The trends in public sector reforms and impact of leadership and role of NGOs were also discussed. There are more than 2 million NGOs in the US. The registration of NGOs is done at the office of the Attorney General’s Charity Bureau at state level.

The seminar on International Trade and Labour Market, by Prof. Devashish Mitra, was educative. He also highlighted the intricacies of the labour market.

A site visit to Onondaga County was organized to give an overview of the role of local government. Onondaga County is in the state of New York, which has 62 counties. The state of New York places heavy responsibilities on local governments and more than 50% of the state budget consists of aid to local governments. Education and health are granted top priority.

The seminar on citizens’ participation in the work of government was very informative. In the US, there is a provision for participatory budgeting, under which 10% budget is kept for spending as per the public opinion/decisions.

The education policy and recent reforms efforts were discussed by Prof. Amy Schwartz. Innovation management, controlling the chaos and how to separate winners and losers was discussed in length by Prof. Sean O’Keefe. The program on reflections and evaluation was covered by Prof. David Van Slyke, Dean, Maxwell School.

The second part of the immersion program was in Washington DC, where the emphasis was on site visits. A tour of the Library of Congress, US Capitol, Air & Space Museum and IBM Centre for Cognitive Government was organized. In addition, a seminar on technology as a driver for change in federal government, by Scott Bernard, US Federal Chief Enterprise Architect, was also organized.

The immersion program helped us get insights into various aspects of policy formulation and their implementation in the context of the US. Daniel Nelson, International Program Manager, and his team had designed the curriculum in the most effective way and had made all administrative arrangements to ensure a comfortable stay for us IIMB students.

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Site visit to understand the role of local government. An overview of the Onondaga County Government. Ed Kochian, Special Advisor, Executive Department, Office of the Onondaga Country.

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Site visit to understand the role of local government. An overview of the Onondaga County Government. Ed Kochian, Special Advisor, Executive Department, Office of the Onondaga County.

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Program conclusion at Greenberg House, Washington DC.

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Independence Day at the Indian Embassy, Washington DC, USA.

About the author:

Maxwell PGPPM Program Exec Ed Summer 2017

BY SHIV KUMAR, IDSE

Mr Shiv Kumar is Director, Military Engineer Services. He is currently pursuing his Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy & Management (PGPPM) at IIM Bangalore.

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IIM Bangalore partners with German B-schools to launch International Management Programme for Technologists

The program distils key elements of Indian and German technology ecosystems to deliver the competencies required for global business

20 September, 2017: The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) has announced a partnership with two premier German B-schools – the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Germany for an International Management Programme for Technologists (IMPT), an innovative Executive Education Programme.

The IMPT is designed by the three management schools to enable technology leaders respond effectively to challenges and complexities that they face. Offered to engineering and technology managers, R&D leaders, product designers and architects, and managers in charge of large and complex projects in India and Europe, the unique two-week programme will be offered at both locations, with participants traveling to Nuremberg and Bangalore for one week each.

The focus of the programme is on innovation, technology-driven business models, intrapreneurship and platform business models.

For registration to the programme, go to www.iimb.ac.in/eep/impt

For more information, call 080-26993380.

Highlighting the key takeaways of the new programme, Prof. R. Srinivasan, Chairperson, Executive Education Programmes at IIM Bangalore, said: “The IMPT distils the key elements of Indian and German technology ecosystems to deliver the competencies required for global business. The Erlangen Nuremberg area in Germany is the origin of Industry 4.0, and is known for its manufacturing excellence. Bangalore is home to a vibrant technology start-up ecosystem and is widely considered to be the Silicon Valley of India.”

The partnership brings together best-in-class academicians and leading researchers on strategic innovation, cooperation and management, and the digital transformation of organizations.

Prof. Dr. Kathrin M Möslein, Chairperson, Information Systems, Innovation and Value Creation at Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, said: “The IMPT helps participants understand how to compete using technology and leverage the benefits of open innovation in a sharing economy, and promote intrapreneurship. It will equip managers to work in cross-functional, cross-cultural and geographically distributed teams.”

The IMPT programme will be delivered using multiple learning methods: workshops, discussions, simulation exercises, site visits, and coaching from highly-rated professors as well as business technology experts. Participants will get a window to fast-changing technologies and upcoming innovations through site visits to Fraunhofer IIS.

About Partner Schools

The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) has been ranked No. 1 Business School in Central Asia by Eduniversal, a French Consultancy Group. It has also been ranked among the Top 70 global schools by the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings 2017.

An EQUIS-accredited school, IIMB offers post-graduate and doctoral level courses as well as executive education programmes. With a faculty body from amongst the best universities worldwide, IIMB’s distinctive feature is its strong focus on leadership and entrepreneurial skills that are necessary to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment. For more on IIMB, go to www.iimb.ac.in

Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg is one of the largest universities in Germany with a strong research and innovation focus. Reuters has ranked it the second most innovative university in Germany and sixth in Europe. QS World University Rankings has ranked it as the institution with the most widely cited publications in Germany. https://www.fau.eu/

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is one of the world’s leading application-oriented research institutions for microelectronic and IT system solutions and services. It ranks first among all Fraunhofer Institutes in size and has received worldwide recognition for its technologies such as mp3 and the co-development of Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en.html

 

IIMB’s incubation hub offers workshops, networking sessions and reviews to its first batch of 8 social ventures

Anchor-mentors will guide the start-ups through their 18-month incubation journey at the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning

18 September, 2017, Bengaluru: The eight early-stage organizations selected by IIM Bangalore’s N. S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL), under the social ventures program for incubation over the next 18 months, were inducted on September 15 (Friday), 2017, in the presence of IIMB faculty, mentors and NSRCEL members.

Rajiv Sawhney, Chief Operating Officer, NSRCEL, said: “A review system will be in place for periodic intervention to monitor your progress. We need to get into a far more frequent Q&A mode. There will be many speaker sessions and workshops to engage you in high gear. Access to online platforms will help boost interaction with a larger community. To make you successful is our own test as well.”

The entrepreneurship and innovation hub of IIM BangaloreNSRCEL – had launched its social ventures incubator in April this year, to nurture early stage non-profit organizations.

Through this initiative, NSRCEL Social aims to address the lack of an effective support system for early stage NGOs that are offered little or no technical assistance for fund raising, legal issues and operational challenges. One of the first social incubators of India exclusively for non-profit organizations, it aims to help create a pool of high-performing organizations that can create large-scale social impact. The social ventures incubation program is currently supported by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. These selected ventures will be incubated for a period of 18 months and given financial support of INR 18 lakhs.

The goal of the NSRCEL Social Ventures Program is to help the ventures build a mindset to scale and impact. NSRCEL will put in place an M&E framework to periodically track progress of the ventures through joint goal setting efforts of mentors and ventures and enable a three pronged mechanism of self, peer to peer and mentor review system in place. NSRCEL also intends to foster cross learnings and sharing of best practices through the mix of programs and other incubatees under its fold.

The selection process for the program started early April this year. The centre received over 160 applications, out of which 24 were selected spanning diverse sectors like education, livelihood, financial inclusion, etc. The 12-week pre-incubation program for these ventures included mentoring, classroom sessions on critical strategies, field visits, boot camp, networking and intensive review sessions.

Shortlisted ventures were pitched to an advisory committee before the final eight were selected. The incubation will give the ventures access to resources at IIMB and leverage the support system created for non-profits. The incubator is guided by an eight-member advisory committee comprising established non-profit and business leaders and faculty of IIMB. It leverages the expertise of NSRCEL-IIMB in nurturing for-profit organizations for over a decade, faculty members and student communities at IIMB.

The induction event, on September 15, was organized for the very first batch of incubatees. All the ventures have been assigned an anchor-mentor who will guide them throughout the program. The incubatees will also have access to the large pool of industry experts, IIMB faculty, alumni and resources at NSRCEL during the program.

Other than the agreements and documentation formalities, the day’s activities included walking the ventures through the incubation plan brief, designating anchor mentors, followed by a goal-setting workshop that will facilitate the formulation of the M&E framework to track their progress.

Professor Sourav Mukherji, Dean of Academic Programmes at IIMB and one of the mentors, congratulated the incubatees for having taken up, what he described as, ‘the bold and difficult journey of entrepreneurship’. “Being a social entrepreneur is even tougher. There has to be internal balance between social impact and financial sustainability. However, no learning or experience is great unless it is difficult!”

Prof. Mukherji’s advice of maintaining this balance was echoed by the mentors as well. They advised the incubatees to be rooted in reality while trying to think beyond the norm, take risks, disrupt, and identify and solve difficult problems.

Details of the selected ventures and anchor-mentor profiles

Selected Ventures

1. i-Saksham: Founded by ex-Gandhi fellows Ravi Dhanuka, Aditya Tyagi and Shravan Jha, it aims to enhance learning outcomes by training community youth educators using technology as the main facilitator. It enables these educators to run their own learning centres and meaningfully engage in various other educational activities. 

2. Meraki: Brainchild of Seemant Dadwal and Co-founder Ghajal Gulati, it offers solutions for intergenerational burdens that disadvantaged families carry, by equipping parents with knowledge skills and mindset to be able to transform their children’s lives.

3. Mantra4change: It works through school transformation. Khushboo and Santosh, founders of Mantra4Change, explain that through an intensive two-year partnership with schools, Mantra4Change aims to transform the aspects of instructional leadership, teaching-learning processes and the school culture.

4. Tarkeybein Education Foundation (TEF): It develops English language learning tools and training programs for students and teachers. Learning tools are being co-created with children from low-income groups. The core focus is on children building skills of observation, interpretation and expression, and acquiring English language skills in this learning process.

5. Superheros Incorporated: It aims to develop success-oriented mindset and career readiness, along with strengthening technical skills in vocational trainees, in order to provide industries with skilled workforce. Operating through various programs designed for the students at ITIs, it aims to bridge the gap between the supply and demand of the skilled and trained workforce with enhanced employability.

6. Guardians of Dream: It is working towards building an anchor institution to define and consolidate the childcare sector. It is also working to solve critical gaps in research, intervention design, implementation capacity and resource mobilization. In the initial phase, Guardians aims to create and deliver interventions within an institutional framework (children’s homes and orphanages).

7. Bridges of Sports: Founded by Nitish M Chiniwar, it works with children from economically and socially backward communities in the age group of 8-14 years. A network of high quality volunteers, athletes and teachers dedicate two years of their life to the fellowship program and post fellowship, Bridges of Sports supports the fellows to become micro entrepreneurs with a focus on building and accelerating the vibrant sports ecosystem.

8. Anthills Creations: At Anthills Creations, Pooja Rai and Nancy Charaya, alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, are determined to bring back play for kids through building sustainable playscapes by using recyclable material.

Profile of Mentors

1. Professor Sourav Mukherji is the Dean of Academic Programmes at IIMB. Professor Mukherji teaches postgraduate courses on Organization Design and Inclusive Business Models. His current research focus is on inclusive business models – businesses that address the needs of the poor in a financially sustainable manner. In this domain, he has authored many case studies, several of which have been published online by the Harvard Business Press. He has been a consultant to organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, advising them on organization design and financial sustainability.

2. Samina Bano: Founder RightWalk, where she is building an inclusive and accountable education system, opening up access for children to an equitable education irrespective of socio-economic status. To do this Samina is building a movement of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and government officials who are demanding an inclusive education system through policy and implementing it through accountability mechanisms.

3. Rajesh Navaneetham: Rajesh is a Founder-partner in Katalytics Growth Consultants. He works with organizations to help them scale up their operations in India. In doing this, he brings his practical knowledge of more than two decades in the corporate world, where he has successfully set up / scaled up engineering teams and businesses in India.

4. Dipesh Sutariya: Dipesh Sutariya is the Co-founder and CEO of Enable India, a non-profit organization that has been working for the economic independence and dignity of persons with disability across India, since 1999. Dipesh is transforming attitudes towards the employment of people with disability through a growing group of professionals with disability who meet the needs of the corporate sector and who dispel the myths and stereotypes about hiring persons with disability.

5. Rajiv Kuchhal Rajiv is an active angel investor and mentor to multiple start-ups in the social enterprise and technology space. He is an advisor and board member of many such companies and a general partner at Exfinity fund.

6. Naghnma Mulla: Naghma works towards creating and maintaining a sustainable philanthropy network to support the EdelGive investee portfolio with the funder community. She is responsible for and heads the three divisions at EdelGive, namely Investment and Programmes, Fundraising and Partnerships, and Employee Engagement Programme.

7. Naga Prakasam: Nagaraja (Naga) Prakasam is a full-time angel investor who has invested in 16 start-ups and seen three exits. He has spearheaded Impact thinking in Indian Angel Network and co-founded IANImpact. A partner at Acumen Fund, a New York based $100M impact-venture fund, he serves as an Independent Director in one of its portfolio companies. In addition, he directs boards in Uniphore Software Systems, GoCoop – Social Marketplace, Saahas Zero Waste, FreshWorld, Lumiere Organic, SP ROBOTIC WORKS Pvt. Ltd and is a board observer at Happy Hens Farm.

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IIMB’s incubation and innovation hub – the NS Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) – welcomes the first ever batch of eight social ventures to the NSRCEL Social Program on September 15, 2017.

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Anchor-mentors and incubatees of NSRCEL Social at the Induction Program.

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From river rejuvenation to neem revolution, TEDxIIMB features inspirational talks

Event organized by students and alumni of IIMB elicits enthusiastic response

11 SEPTEMBER, 2017: Students and alumni of IIM Bangalore jointly organized this edition of TEDxIIMBangalore on Sunday, September 10. The theme for this year’s talks was ‘Transformational Ideas’ and featured five eminent speakers.

Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd, spoke on the Neem Revolution and how it has been empowering women in rural India.

Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Professor at the Center for Ecological Sciences at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, spoke on ‘Rejuvenating Ecology and Hydrology in Rapidly Urbanizing Landscapes’ with a special focus on Bengaluru’s rapidly changing ecology and how to restore the imbalance.

Sampath (Sam) Iyengar, Partner, Forum Synergies PE Fund Managers (India), shared his thoughts on ‘Dharmic Capital – a Practitioner’s Perspective’. He made a case for quadruple bottom line: Planet, People, Profits and Purpose.

Srinivas Guttal, Founder, Pūrṇapramati School, explained the concept of Pūrṇapramati in his talk. He shared his experience of running an experimental school in Bangalore for the last 20 years and spoke of the need to protect “rich ancient knowledge”. Highlighting the success of a project to rejuvenate river Kumudvati near Bangalore, he said this was possible because of the involvement of the student community.

Mahantesh GK, Founder Managing Trustee at Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, and Vice-President-World Blind Cricket Council, spoke on ‘Give a lever and a place to stand, and I can move the earth’, and shared instances where people with visual disability excelled in their chosen fields when provided with an enabling environment.

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The speakers and IIMB Director Dr. G Raghuram at the TEDxIIMBangalore event organized by IIMB students and alumni on September 10, 2017. Built around the theme of ‘Transformational Ideas’, the event had speakers such as Sampath Iyengar, Partner, Forum Synergies PE Fund Managers, India, Srinivas Guttal, Founder, Pūrṇapramati, School, Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Professor at Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Mahantesh G.K, Founder Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled & Vice-President, World Blind Cricket Council, Prof. G Raghuram, Director, IIM Bangalore, and Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd.

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Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Managing Director, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd., delivers a talk on ‘Neem Revolution’.

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Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Professor at Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, delivers a talk on ‘Rejuvenating Ecology and Hydrology in Rapidly Urbanizing Landscapes’.

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Sampath Iyengar, Partner, Forum Synergies PE Fund Managers, India, delivers a talk on ‘Dharmic Capital — a Practitioner’s Perspective’.

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Srinivas Guttal, Founder, Pūrṇapramati, School, delivers a talk on ‘Purnapramati’.

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Mahantesh G.K, Founder Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled & Vice-President, World Blind Cricket Council, delivers a lecture on ‘Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the earth’.

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Dr. G Raghuram, Director, IIMB, receives a token of appreciation.

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The organizing team of the talks with the speakers and the Director of IIM Bangalore, Prof. G Raghuram.

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IIMB and ISB join hands to train the next generation of B-School faculty

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Sourav Mukherji
Dean of Academic Programmes
IIM Bangalore

First-of-its-kind partnership to promote teaching excellence amongst India’s B-Schools

07 September, 2017: In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and the Indian School of Business (ISB) have joined hands to organize the ISB-IIMB Doctoral Consortium on Teaching for doctoral candidates who are about to start their careers as faculty at India’s B-schools.

Led by Professors Arun Pereira, Executive Director of the Centre for Learning and Management (CLMP) at the ISB, and Sourav Mukherji, Dean of Academic Programmes at IIMB, the Consortium had participation from doctoral candidates at ISB, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, and IIM Kozhikode among others.

Participants were trained on effective teaching and classroom management, by using student-centered learning approaches to teaching, conducting effective case discussions, understanding the changing role of technology inside and outside the classroom, knowing the importance of student learning styles, how to engage with them better and what it takes to design a compelling learning experience for students.

Sharing his perspective on how the association between the two B-schools can make a difference, Professor Arun Pereira of ISB said, “The ISB-IIMB Consortium is a fine example of how collaboration among Indian B Schools can raise the bar for management education in India. If Indian B-schools are to grow in quality and global stature, it is critical that the quality of faculty and teaching standards are on par with the best in the world, and programmes like this help to make that a reality. The ISB-IIMB association is unique in that it meets an increasingly urgent need to build capacity for India’s burgeoning management education sector.”

Professor Sourav Mukherji, Dean of Academic Programmes at IIMB, and one of the lead faculty for the programme, said: “The ISB-IIMB Doctoral Consortium addresses a long felt demand of the doctoral student community to provide key inputs towards honing teaching skills from the master teachers of ISB and IIM Bangalore. While several doctoral consortia have in the past focused on enhancing much needed research skills, the uniqueness of this programme lies in its focus on teaching, which given the enormous shortage of high quality business school faculty, caters to an important national agenda.”

Now in its fourth year the Consortium was for the first time organized jointly by the two B Schools, at the ISB’s Hyderabad campus. The programme is targeted at final year FPM /Ph.D./Doctoral candidates to help them get a head start as they begin their careers. A unique component of the programme is that each participant was required to teach and was provided substantive feedback, along with a recording of their teaching for review and reflection.

Participants from the consortium shared their experiences of how the Consortium was helpful. Kaveri Krishnan, from IIMB, said was a ‘very valuable experience, especially for doctoral students with no prior teaching experience’, while Biswajita Parida, IIMA, said the consortium was ‘an eye-opener to the state of the art technological tools, teaching methods, and styles of assessment evolving in the contemporary market.

The Doctoral Consortium was supported and funded by the International Schools of Business Management (ISBM). ISB Is a member of the ISBM — a group comprising of leading B Schools such as HEC Paris, IMD Lausanne, INSEAD Fontainebleau, Kellogg School of Management, North western University, London Business School, SDA Bocconi, Milan, Stern School of Business, New York University, Stockholm School of Economics, IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

About ISB

Indian School of Business (ISB) is a global Business school offering world-class management education across its two campuses – Hyderabad and Mohali. The School has grown at a rapid pace over the sixteen years since its inception and already has several notable accomplishments to its credit – it is the youngest school ever to consistently rank among the top Global MBA programmes, one among the select 100 global B-schools to have AACSB and EQUIS accreditation, one of the largest providers of Executive Education in Asia, and the most research productive Indian management institution. A vibrant pool of research-oriented resident faculty, strong academic associations with leading global B-schools and the backing of an influential Board, have helped the ISB fast emerge as a premier global Business school in the emerging markets. For details visit @ www.isb.edu

About IIMB

A leading research-focused business school in Asia with around 100 full time faculty members, more than 1200 students across various long duration programmes and nearly 5000 annual Executive Education participants, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is located on a verdant 100-acre campus in India’s high technology capital, Bangalore.

IIMB’s long-duration post graduate programmes comprise the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), the Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM), the one year full-time Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP), the Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management (PGPEM), and the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP). All these programmes are very highly rated and IIMB alumni occupy senior managerial and academic positions around the world.

Along with ten disciplinary areas and five centres of excellence that offer courses and conduct research on interesting questions facing various sectors of industry, IIMB has three faculty recruiting centres – the Centre for Management Communication, the Centre for Public Policy, and the N S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.

Committed to make deep social impact using technology-enabled education, IIMB offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through edX, a not-for-profit online initiative of Harvard and MIT that offers online courses from the world’s best universities. IIMB is the first management school in India to offer MOOCs on the edX platform.

IIMB is accredited by the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). EQUIS is a global school accreditation system run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) that specializes in higher education institutions of management and business administration. For more information on IIMB, please visit @ www.iimb.ac.in

Walking the Talk: Industry Recognition for MOOCs

The MOOCs sounds great, but will I get a job after completing it?’ is a typical question we, at the IIMBx MOOCs Programme, often hear when we talk about our Massive Open Online Courses and lifelong learning.

Converging Marketplace of Digital Learning Credentials

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The answer is ‘We are definitely getting there,’ and I say that for two converging reasons:

  1. Supply: Like any other consumer-driven movement, this recruitment world is also witnessing the slow (yet steady) onslaught of online credentials as students and professionals are acquiring skills through digital learning. With automation (threatening to) take away jobs in the 4th industrial revolution, skillset and workplace requirement are changing rapidly. Technology is perceived as the way to keep pace and secure a place in the workplace of 2030.

  2. Demand: Digital Learning is the #2 topic in the minds of HR heads, according to a recent report on Human Capital Trends. Requirement for nonlinear skills coupled with convergence of existing job roles into new ones is forcing companies to look for people with multiple skills and invest in digitally upskilling existing employees.

Micro Credentials for the Job Seeker

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MOOC Providers like EdX, Coursera, Udacity and FutureLearn are offering micro credentials and creating academic content to keep pace with the changing nature of industry needs. It could be argued that these programmes are better targeted to job requirements and possibly as worthy as degrees to a prospective or existing employer. Stackable credentials like MicroMasters and Nanodegrees are focused on jobs and are finding recognition with industry and employers. Coursera’s Learner Outcome Survey found that 84% of career-focused learners who completed courses reported career benefits and 18% started a new career after taking a MOOC.

The job seeker is ready, the credential is ready, are you hiring?

Yes! The IIMBx MOOCs Programme recently decided to walk the talk and got on board a Front-end Web Developer who proudly showcased his Online Nanodegree. Inayat, a young M.Tech. graduate who recently earned the Udacity Full Stack Developer Nanodegree is equally pleased and says,

I knew I needed something extra to get a job of my choice, something that would help me keep pace with the fast-growing tech world. Initially, I didn’t have much faith in online courses, but the journey has been amazing. And the outcome is that I got a job through it in the digital learning industry. I am going to focus on using my newly acquired digital skills in creating an IIMBx platform that helps many others like me. ”

Just as Netflix transformed the way people watched ‘TV’ shows, platforms like edX, Coursera, Udacity, LinkedIn and a host of others are unbundling the education, skilling, hiring and upskilling cycle. Are you ready to hire the ‘digital’ way?