Fusion MBA

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July 20th, 2010 Lipi Mohapatra

Rohit Verma, a student at IILM – Business School New Delhi landed at Royal Estate through campus placement. In a brief time of one-and-a-half months, Verma was promoted as sales development manager and got a 50-per cent hike in salary. He is based out of Delhi now.

Nitish Madhur, a student of Rai Business School, New Delhi who graduated in 2006 joined Dabur through campus placement. After his 30 months experience he moved to Fab Miller. Currently, Madhur is with Pernod Ricard India, as a key accounts manager.

Both Verma and Madhur are fusion MBA grads. Their career best states that to get a foot in the door what matters is your managerial skills, how best you market and prove yourself during the job interview. Developing yourself during the two years MBA program is important.

A management programme is skill enhancement platform, which doubles your employability, facilitates a student with opportunities to meet the corporate requirement. The focus should be on the process, the quality of the delivery and then learning outcome of it.

MBA programs that combine full-time interactive classes, with a regular employability skills development programme and standard industry interaction and industrial visits, though the mode of degree is in distance learning, are gaining acceptance and popularity among B-school students.

Such fusion MBA programmes providing in-face interaction on a daily basis are quite similar to conventional MBA programs.  B-schools offering such programmes provide their autonomous certification besides providing an MBA degree through some reputed university affiliation. And the cost of this MBA is almost equivalent and sometimes more than a traditional MBA program.

This is because business schools running fusion MBAs do every sort of academic activity and industry related activities to stay at par with any regular MBA program.

Currently, hiring managers do not differentiate much between an MBA/PGDBM in regular mode and these fusion MBAs, unless the student fails to prove his mettle in either case.

Seeking views from one of my friends who is an HR manger at an MNC revealed that a full-time program with training programs and other live projects definitely has its own value. As long as it is not correspondence, which has rare contact classes, fusion programs are almost equivalent to a traditional MBA.

Recruiters feel that ultimately it all depends on the fact that how a candidate proves his strengths and eligibility for the job s/he is applying for. If s/he turns out to be most appropriate, then management learning from a government recognized institue or an autonomous institute can be overlooked.

There are enough examples of students who pursued MBA through ‘fusion’ mode and are have found ready acceptance in corporate.

The author is Director, IILM - Business School, Mathura Road, New Delhi

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8 Responses to “Fusion MBA”

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  2. Avinash D Says:

    If the job market scenario is well analyzed vis a vis the industry requirement from the HR point of view, the fusion MBA is just the right medium to bridge the gap. As well said ” One can swim know swim , when in water ” . Fusion MBA is all about it… Theory plus corporate exposure leads to better rate of industry acceptance.

  3. Raghu Says:

    Agree with Sumit on the conflict of interest. Bragging about own students and advocating courses of the type offered by own institute makes this whole article objectionable. This may be even considered as an advertisement. BS has usually good quality articles and should be more careful going forward.

  4. Avinash D Says:

    As a product of Fusion MBA I have been able to acquire all the knowledge, skills and exposure what any regular MBA students get. Even i believe the institues offering fusion MBA has been striving hard to offer the best from both academic and corporate world. The knowledge backed by exposure.

    Immaterial of the mode, my sucess all depends on the learning and exposure what i got from the institute, and today even my batch mates are placed in managerial roles, They are Fusion MBA grads. I dont find any “conflict of interest” in the topic.

  5. Sumit Says:

    My only concern with the credibility of this article is the obvious conflict of interest that the writer is the director of IILM.

  6. a.gopal krishna Says:

    I fully endorse the views expressed by LIPI MOHAPATRA. Corporates and MNC look for the management grads who have right combination of conceptual base, skills and the attitude of performing, irrespective of the conditions. MBA of many universities seriously lack such qualities, besides the syllabus being age old. The autnomous business schools have lot to offer for making the students employable in the most competitive situation.

  7. Diwakar Says:

    i am very much agree with writer saying…offcourse it depends upon the student how they are going to prove themself in the corporate world,moreover what matter most is how you are going to apply your knowledge and skills in the corporate world,
    and last but not the least LUCK is the thing which matter most specially in business world….

  8. Girish Hungund Says:

    Yes, its really different approach to the Management Study and hats up to LIPI MOHAPATRA for giving such an useful information to us. The way LIPI has differentiated between Correspondence/full time/fusion MBA is considerably good.



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