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Schulich MBA in India begins Jan 10

Canada’s Schulich School of Business, a leading global business school, in association with the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research plans has launched its MBA programme in India.

The Schulich MBA in India would be the first MBA program by a leading international business school from outside India to be delivered in the country. The new MBA program (already approved by AICTE) has been established through a unique twinning arrangement between the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada and the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) in Mumbai.

Year 1 of the two – year programme will be conducted at the SP Jain campus, and the second will then move on to Schulich Business School campus in Toronto. Schulich faculty will deliver the majority of the courses in Year 1 complemented by resident faculty from SPJIMR. Schulich faculty will deliver all courses in Toronto in Year 2.

The Schulich School of Business is ranked 49 on the Global MBA B – School rankings 2009, conducted by the Financial Times. We spoke to Dr. Ashwin Joshi, Executive Director of the Schulich MBA programme in India.

How different is the Schulich programme from Indian MBA programmes?
The Schulich programme is more global. Students are taught by Canadian faculty from the Schulich School of Business who use cases and other illustrative materials from all around the world. It is innovative in the manner that it gives the students access to 18 different specialisations – both disciplinary and industry specific. It also requires them to participate in an 8-month real world strategy field study course where they provide concrete strategic guidance to companies on a real time basis. It is also diverse, since it brings students of different walks of life and different culture together

Why should one go for the Schulich MBA?
Our intent is to prepare students from India for the global marketplace. Trade between India and Canada is expected to increase from the current $2 billion per year to $20 billion per year by the year 2020. The Schulich MBA Program in India is designed to create managers that will create and facilitate this explosive growth. More generally, we seek to train managers and leaders that will create value in the global marketplace. Our aim is to place Indian students not only in India and Canada but around the world. We will replicate this with our students in India.

What is the application process? SP Jain takes its students based on CAT and XAT scores. How are you planning on short listing students?
Interested candidates should apply on-line at www.schulich.yorku.ca/apply and submit:

o Application and supplementary essays
o Two recommendations
o Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
o Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (transcripts to be sent directly to Schulich from the issuing institution)
o Detailed résumé of employment history
o Application fee
o Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

Can you share some details about the fee structure?
Tuition Fees for Terms 1 and 2 = $12,000.

Tuition Fees for Terms 3 and 4 = $15,000

Students will also have ancillary expenses for course materials and a customized bridging program = $5,000.

Total: $32,000

All conversions assume $1 = Rs 40

Are the students eligible for internships and employment in Canada? What is the process for placements?

The students are eligible for internships the moment they start their studies in Canada. They are eligible to work in Canada for approximately 2 years after graduation. All students will be going for their placements from Canada.

Do you get Indian recruiters at Schulich? Which other countries visit Schulich?
We get recruiters from all over the world. Indian companies like Tata, Mahindra, TCS, Wipro and FMCGs like FritoLay, Pepsi have expressed their interest for campus recruitment.

We get most banks from US, Canada, consumer groups including Proctor & Gamble, Kimberley Clark and consultancy firms.

When is the course beginning?
The course will begin on Jan 10, 2010. We already have a class of 26 students in our first batch and are currently in Khandala conducting teambuilding activities and orientations.

So have students missed the deadline for this year?
I’m afraid yes. You can apply next year. Classes will always begin in January.

– Saurabh Datar

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