IIT Delhi to Launch Five-Year Integrated B.Tech-MBA Programme
Dr Kanika Bahl

New Delhi: Buoyed by the success of IIM Indore’s Integrated Program in Management (IPM) that targets students who have cleared Class XII, IIT Delhi had decided to launch its own five-year Integrated B.Tech-MBA programme from the next academic year. This should prove immensely helpful for students as many graduating engineers anyways go for MBA after completing their B.Tech programmes.

Dr Kanika Bahl, Head of Management Studies at IIT Delhi, reveals much more:

IIT Delhi plans to make its five-year dual degree programme (combining an engineering degree with a management degree) big by trying to score some good international collaborations for the course.

New Initiatives

:Recently, IIT-D have taken other initiatives for its management courses too. It conducted the admission of its part-time MBA programme through GATE to enhance its credibility factor. Talks are also on with some prestigious institutions in Asia, Europe and the US where students can go out for a Global Field Study (GFS) and gain international exposure”, says Dr Bahl.

In the US, discussions are going on with top-class management institutes like Harvard, MIT Sloan, and Wharton for the purpose.

No Increase in Fees or Student Intake

The best part is that no increase in fees has been announced. In fact, from the 2013 batch (which will graduate in 2015) onwards, 50% of the fee would directly be used to send students for GFS. Some money is being spent to invite globally-renowned experts in different fields to the campus.

In the last one year, IIT Delhi has hired five faculty to strengthen its Management Studies department. This is in addition to 12 faculty members who have been teaching Management at IIT Delhi for several years.

Soon, two new faculty members will also join in.

IIT goes out of its way to ensure quality. Out of 200 applicants, only 2 made it to IIT faculty list.

Still, plans to increase the student intake of the management programs are on hold till IITD manages to hire as many as 25 teachers. It is to ensure that faculty-student ratio does not get too skewed.

Change in Curriculum

From the next session that will flag off in July 2014, new curriculum will be introduced for MBA at IIT Delhi. This change in curriculum re-focuses on topics to reflect the current business world scenario. It also includes more electives and stresses on leadership skills, responsibility and ethics.

Dr Bahl had been working MIT Sloan earlier and gives the credit of her success to her colleagues.
This post was published by Nishant Sinha, co-founder of askIITians.

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