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Focus on Admissions, Placements Will Follow

Indian educational institutions pay too much attention to score high on placement salaries rather than reaching out and attracting the best talent. This is ignoring the core principle that higher education is a talent business and hence attracting good incoming class will result in better outgoing alumni.

IIMs and IITs have built this virtuous cycle over the years by attracting the top talent (530,000 applicants are vying for 9,600 seats in IIT in 2011). Even if the students learn nothing in the classes, they would still excel by learning on the job. However, not every institution is fortunate or competitive enough to select only top 1% of the applicants. Thus, institutions need to systematically develop and implement a strategy to attract the best talent.

An admissions office in most Indian institutions is limited to a brochure selling office. What is completely ignored is outreach and recruitment to attract and nurture the best talent. Marketing is considered to be same as advertis…

Guru Mantra: Yash Gupta, Dean, Carey Business School

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Dean Yash Gupta Dean & Professor The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Yash Gupta is dean and professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore, Md. He previously served as dean of the business schools of the University of Southern California, the University of Washington, and the University of Colorado at Denver. Dean Gupta’s academic and administrative appointments have also included the Frazier Family Professor in the School of Business at the University of Louisville (1988-1992), professor at the University of Manitoba, and assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1991, he was awarded the University of Louisville President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, and in 1994 and 1996 he was ranked as the most prolific scholar in the area of operations management in the United States. He currently serves on the governing board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Dean Gupta earned …

Guru Mantra: James Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Dr. James W. Dean Jr.
Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School

James W. Dean Jr. is dean of the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and professor of organizational behavior. Leadership, organizational change, strategic decision making, international management, and organizational performance improvement are the focus of his research, teaching and consulting. He has served as senior associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean of Executive Development and associate dean of the MBA Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He earned PhD and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from The Catholic University.


Rahul- Kenan-Flagler Business School has launched an online MBA program for working professionals around the world. Please take us through the genesis of the idea and why you believe it fills a need in the MBA market-space?

Dean Dean- MBA@UNC is a new model for MBA education, and we’re very excited about it.

UNC Kenan-Flagler has a long tradition of e…

Need of self-regulation in Indian B-Schools to improve quality

My article entitled 'Shouldering the Quality Responsibility' was published in EDU.


More than 50 years back, Ford Foundation in the US funded a report--Higher Education for Business--in response to the lack of quality in business management programs. The report highlighted that “academics at some [business] schools were more akin to quacks; and the curricula offered were narrow, simple and weak. The calibre of staff and students alike was condemned, with the authors calling for more research and less consulting work by faculty, improved regulation, fewer case studies, more theory and analysis, and more teaching of ethics”, according to The Economist.

Indian B-schools and management education are in not a very different state than US B-schools more than 50 years back. There are serious concerns of quality and inconsistencies in the system. Recent AICTE notification related to the regulation of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programs is a reflection some of the val…