Location: Mehrauli Road, Gurgaon
Director: Professor B.S. Sahay
Approval/Accreditation: AICTE approved, AMBA accredited
Flagship Programme: Post Graduate Programme in Management
Student intake: 240
Fees (full course): Rs. 10.90 lakhs (including board & lodging for two years)
Admission test cut-offs: CAT 97.9 percentile
Full-time faculty:86 (Professors:30 ; Asso.Profs:30; Asst Profs:20 Lecturer:1
Faculty with industry experience (over 10 years):NA
Average salary: Rs 10 lakhs
Top recruiters: ICICI Bank, Aditya Birla Group, TATA Steel, Nokia, Ranbaxy
Conferences & Festivals:Imperium, IIIumina, Sanskriti
Other programmes: PG programme in HR; PG in International management (study at both MDI and a foreign campus) National Management Programme; PG in Management (part-time; Fellowship programme in Management (FPM) 3-4 years
Dr. Gita Bajaj, Chairperson, Corporate Communication leads us to the first block of the 40-acre MDI campus It houses a computer lab and a well-stocked library. The collection is large, reading space plenty and the atmosphere conducive.
Other spaces at MDI are equally inviting. An architectural delight, the campus is a great place to study, say the students. The work load is demanding and some faculty are sticklers for time.
Scholarships and international exchange programmes are attractions for students. “We opted for MDI because of its reputation in named MBAs and its quality placements,” say students.
MDI is accredited with Association of MBAs (AMBA). “Being an AMBA accredited school, we have a range of programmes with leading schools of the world, and many students avail of the same,” says Professor Bhimarya A Metri, Dean, Graduate Programmes.
The school’s location in a corporate hub (Gurgaon) is an advantage for MDI. Another top draw for students, most of who are from engineering background, is the classes taken by visiting industry experts.Most students are looking forward for a corporate career. Probably that is the reason why a large numberprefers being taught by corporate experts. Having professors with a PhD, counts, say some when we ineracted with them. “A straight 60 percent are here to get a job in the corporate sector and that is a fact of life,” says Rohit Prasad, Associate Professor, with a PhD and a telecom background.
But a B-School is much more than just placements, says Director of the schol, Professor B S Sahay emphatically. “We allocate substantial time and resources on research and publications,” he asserts.
It is mandatory for faculty to undertake at least two activities out of three: research, training, consulting. Publishing in an ‘A’ category journal is considered equivalent to three courses.There is also a cash reward of Rs. 5 lakhs and a chance to present the paper abroad.
The 36-year old B-school has kept pace with changing industry demand required for quality placements. In 2005, it launched a 15-month executive PG Programme in Energy Management. Programme in Public Policy and Governance was launched in 2006.
The thrust on research, does get reflected in the MDPs. Professor Metri vouches for the popularity of MDI’s MDP programmes and the quality of faculty. In fact, one such programme has just been concluded. MDI claims to be the first institute to start orientation programmes for ex-army people.