IMT GHAZIABAD ushers in a new era in business education with a first-of-its kind pre-foundation course for its MBA Programme
The curriculum philosophy of the B-schools of the country is about to witness a paradigm shift. Come June 2012, IMT Ghaziabad - one of the premium B-schools of the county - will be the vanguard of this change, by launching its completely new curriculum with the advent of a first of its kind Pre-Foundation Course.
“We are replacing the, traditional, run-of-mill MBA curriculum completely, for a dynamic curriculum, the success of which will lie in a two-way intervention in which the student has to be fully involved. The Pre-Foundation Module will be primarily fun-learning, with a lot of focus on practical applications, devoid of theoretical jargon. The completely online, Pre-Foundation module, for the students who are joining IMT Ghaziabad this year, will be an unique experience in this direction,” says Dr Nilanjan Chattopadhyay, Head-New Initiatives at, IMT Ghaziabad.
Through the Pre-Foundation module, IMT Ghaziabad intends killing three birds with one stone.
First and foremost, engage the incoming students of IMT Ghaziabad much before they actually come on-board to get them used to the new world of management they are entering. Once the foundation module starts, there is very little time a much distance to cover. A pre-foundation module will equip them with the necessary mental orientation towards the programme.
Secondly, while most of the students at IMT Ghaziabad come from an engineering background, quite a few come from non-engineering as well. A pre-foundation module will equip them to come to a level playing field and bridge any gaps that may exist, before the classroom sessions begin.
Last but not the least, it will fulfill a long outstanding suggestion of the faculty members of IMT Ghaziabad, that a certain part of classroom time which goes towards teaching basics, can be delivered over online or some other technology enabled platform, where students can learn or their own.
“The Pre-Foundation module will demand about 35 hours of time for a participants, and nor will they be required to come to the IMT Ghaziabad campus. They can carry on doing whatever is it that they are doing, while getting mentally attuned to the programme, at their own pace,” elaborates Dr Chattopadhyay.
In all students will have to go through five courses under the pre-foundation module. These courses are business mathematics and statistics, business computing using spreadsheets, fundamentals of financial accounting, business communication and leadership fundamentals. These courses will not be graded for credit as they are not meant to replace the in-class teaching; but students will have to clear the evaluation quizzes for each and every module, so that by the time they join IMT Ghaziabad, they are ready to hit the ground running.
“There are no restrictions to the number of attempts; and we guarantee the ‘fun-learning’ part! There will be lessons complete with audio, video , along with exercises and quizzes, with some text as well. While the first 3 modules have been designed and developed in-house by the faculty of IMT, Ghaziabad, the leadership fundamentals, as well as the business communications capsule have been developed in collaboration with a firm headed by the legendary cricketer, Krishnamachari Srikkanth. Cricket is a language which all of us understand and therefore, the idea fitted very well into our ‘fun-learning’ concept,” said Dr. Chattopadhyay.
All analytics and reports like the current status of a student’s progress, the number of hours spent by a particular student on a particular course, or how well or badly has somebody fared, will be available to the IMT Ghaziabad faculty. Students simply have to complete the Pre-foundation on-line and that’s it. Whatever has been covered in the foundation will not be repeated in the Class.