India’s burgeoning young and aspirational population ensures an ‘insatiable’ demand for quality business education, according to Aditya Singh, Director of Athena School of Management in Mumbai.
This underlines the importance of the place held by the country’s business schools in society, their responsibility towards it, and their potential to make an impact.
‘A good business programme is not only about a qualification,’ says Singh, cautioning against the ‘commoditisation of business education’.
In the following interview, with Business Impact’s Content Editor Tim Dhoul, Singh outlines the approach and ambitions of Athena School of Management, encompassing the importance it attaches to internships and experiential learning as well as the value of community work.
Demand for places at top business schools in India is high. Are there any particular qualities Athena looks for among its applicants?
What are some of the biggest challenges facing business schools in India and the surrounding region, in your opinion?
What do you think makes Athena’s Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) programme stand out from others that are available in India?
Can you tell me how internships are incorporated into Athena’s PGPM programme and why the school places so much importance in them?
Aside from internships, how else does the school facilitate experiential learning?
Do you think that PGPM/MBA curricula should be developed in collaboration with employers?
Can you tell me a little bit about Athena’s international immersion modules?
I note that community service and personal development initiatives are actively encouraged at the school. Can you tell me of any programme requirements here and/or what options are available to students during the programme?
What are your hopes for the school in the next five years – what do you want to see happen?
Is there anything you’d like to see change among business schools both in India and in the rest of the world?
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