The second batch of students in the Indian School of Business,Mohali,has seen a rise in number of professionals from fields completely unrelated to the management course such as the Army,healthcare,fashion and even the government sector.
ISB follows a One School Two Campuses system in which the one year post-graduate programme in management (PGP) goes on simultaneously in both campuses with a unified process of admissions,placements and lectures by the same faculty. Of its 774 students,218 students study in the Mohali campus.
According to Preeti Parashar,marketing and communications manager,majority of students in the school are from a non-management background.
We encourage diversity among the students to create a broader learning experience, said Parashar.
There are around 12 fashion designers,11 doctors,five ex-Armymen,and 33 students who held government jobs in the present batch,according to ISB.
For Colonel (retd) Jitender Singh Minhas,who took premature retirement from the Army after 22 years of service as a commissioned officer,the thrill factor that lured him into corporate life.
The Indian Army is one of the best organisations in the world. It makes a man out of you. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure,but as I progressed,it was increasingly becoming a desk-bound job with no mental or physical challenges ahead. Therefore,I switched gears and turned to the corporate sector where I can look for the thrill this field will throw everyday with a new challenge, he commented.
Anuradha from Chennai,who worked as a Chartered Accountant (CA) for three years before joining ISB,said she switched to a management course to acquire a broader understanding of the corporate world.
After B.Com,CA was the obvious choice. But I found myself stuck after a while. With this course,I will have scope for more flexibility and growth. Moreover,it is easier to change roles in this field as compared to my previous job, she said.
Meanwhile,Parashar said people who had already settled in their respective careers were more willing to enrol for a one-year course rather than going for a two-year degree. According to Parashar,this is where ISB comes in.
According to ISB,the average age of an ISB student is 27 years with a five-year work experience,while about 22 per cent students are married. I liked being a doctor but after thinking for a while I decided I wanted a management job.
I will probably stay in the healthcare industry,but preferably with an administrative role, said Anurag Taneja,a doctor-turned-management student.