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As ‘multi-disciplinary exposure’ is becoming increasingly important in today’s business environment to solve complex business problems, MBA programmes offered by quality focused Private Universities are emerging as a viable option for MBA aspirants.


When compared with Tier-2 and Tier-3 B-schools, these University MBA programs offer many advantages like quality education, better brand name, and in some cases lower fee structure.


The recent rise of private University MBA programs becomes a significant trend in India, as this follows the developments in western MBA education.


As is well known, in the mecca of management education – United States, the reputation of a university is built with the B-schools. Many of the top Business Schools worldwide belong to renowned universities such as Harvard Business School (Harvard University), Yale School of Management (Yale University), Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) to name a few. These B-schools have gained popularity over the years and have emerged as the epitome of management education.


The perception of standalone schools being the best is changing in India also as a number of the private university based MBA programmes have come up in the country in last 5-7 years.


Besides, Government University based B-schools like Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi; Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), University of Mumbai; University Business School (UBS), Chandigarh, private universities have also forayed into management education by setting up their own B-Schools or launching MBA programmes. MBAUniverse.com has interacted with Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of more than twenty private Universities and has noted a growing seriousness within Universities with respect to their MBA programmes.


The Private University based top management programmes in India include MBA programmes run by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai; VIT University, Chennai; SRM University, Chennai; University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun; Alliance University, Bangalore; Institute of Management, NIRMA University (IMNU), Gujarat; Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat, Haryana; NIIT University, Rajasthan; J K Lakshmipat University (JKLU), Jaipur, Rajasthan; Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune; Amity University (with campuses in Lucknow, Jaipur and Gurgaon), and GITAM University, amongst others.


Delhi-NCR based Private Universities which offer such MBA programmes include Sharda University; Jaypee Business School (JBS), Jaypee Institute of Technology (Deemed University); School of Business, Galgotias University; Faculty of Management Studies; Manav Rachna International University; and Noida International University, amongst others.


Experts believe that there are several advantages of the MBA programmes run under a University. Besides a higher level of credibility and well established brand name, University MBA Programmes have many reasons to attract best talents to its campuses.


Integration with other disciplines:


The biggest advantage of university based management programmes is that it integrates MBA programs with other disciplines like Engineering, Science, to offer a multi-disciplinary environment to students.


This leads students to think in multi-direction and widens their horizon. The MBA students get to exchange thoughts with students from other discipline on regular basis and this helps them to develop out-of-box ideas.


Dr. Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS University says, “At NMIMS we have adopted a ‘multidisciplinary integration’ approach. Rather than teaching marketing, sales, finance, etc in different silos, we have developed an integrated module in which the student gets to learn everything in an interlinked manner during its management education. The approach is towards dealing with 'business' as a whole.”


Dr. Madhukar G Angur, Chancellor, Alliance University feels that Indian B-schools have suffered in one area and that is developing multi-disciplinary approach among its student.


“We didn’t have that mechanism in India for long. But in western countries, this has been in fashion. For example, Harvard has a very solid course that is designed and taught by its Law school and school of business. Those are the things that we have missed so far,” he says. But he thinks that emergence of “University based B-schools and MBA programmes will take management education in a better direction.”


“The advantage with a university is that it has multiple disciplines that builds base for strong collaborative efforts between different disciplines. Management disciplines gains the most in this environment,” he says.


Dr. Michael Barnes, Dean and Professor, Jindal Global Business School agrees with the former. “As you know we have four different schools under our university including a Law school, School of International Affairs and School of Governance and Public Policy, one of the key factor that distinguishes business school like ours is that we give multi-disciplinary exposure to our students,” says Dr. Barnes, adding, “This approach helps applied research and inter-disciplinary research, and makes overall educational environment robust.”


Brand name:


Since there are many professional programs like engineering, medicine, architecture that are run within a university set up, a University based MBA programme comes with a higher level of credibility. This leads to a good brand name to the management faculty in the university, as Dr. Parag Diwan, Founder Vice-Chancellor of UPES, says, “Business School in a university is jewel in the crown. It builds the brand.”


Also, Universities have higher media budgets to promote themselves. Hence their name is well known, compared to relatively unknown Tier-3 B-schools.


“Universities have advantage over standalone B-schools when it comes to spending money on promotion. As a result, they are better known than an average B-school which results in better placements for their candidates,” says a Director of a NCR based B-school.


Also, the university based B-schools offer two-year full time MBA degrees.


Affordable programmes:


Last but not the least, given the large scale of operation, the fee structure of university MBA programmes are more affordable compared to standalone private B-schools. No wonder, a better quality offering at comparatively lower or similar cost is a huge attraction for MBA aspirants.


While MBA programmes at Government Universities have a fee structure that is significantly lower as compared to other B-schools, fee structure in most of the Private Universities range between Rs 5 Lakh to Rs 8 Lakh for two-year full time MBA programmes.


For example, the annual fee for MBA programme at FMS, University of Delhi is Rs 10,500 approximately only. But the cost of MBA programme at Amity University and Jaypee Business School (JBS) is around Rs 5 Lakh, and that of Symbiosis International University (SIU) and JKLU is around Rs 8 lakh. The two year MBA programmes at UPES also cost about Rs 7 lakh. The above mentioned fee structure exclude hostel and accommodation fees.


While there are several advantage of university MBA programmes, there are a few draw backs too. For instance, most Universities require huge building and infrastructure which is not available in city like Delhi or Mumbai. Hence they tend to be based outside the city, which hampers the corporate interactions and lectures. Also, MBA is just one of the streams of education for a University, and bigger programs like engineering tend to hog all the lime light.


Having looked at the advantages let us look at the programs offered and admission process for University MBA programmes.


Different Universities offer different management programs. However, two-year full time MBA programme is the most common programme in all these Universities. Most of these Universities conduct their own admission test and also consider score cards of standard common admission test like CAT, XAT or MAT.


Part two of this article will talk about University MBA programs and their admission process.


Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for University MBA programmes.


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    Location: Bengaluru / Bangalore

    Contact No.: 080-30938000/1/2/3/4 - 9886002500

    Email ID: asob@alliance.edu.in

    Address: Chikkahagade Cross Chandapura - Anekal Main Road , Anekal Bangalore - 562106 Karnataka , India

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    Alliance University is a Private University established in Karnataka State by Act No.34 of year 2010. The University is jointly recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.

    Alliance University has been awarded the Best Private University of the Year 2014 & 2015by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) of India, New Delhi.

    The University has baccalaureate concentrations, postgraduate offerings, doctoral degree programs and several professional certificate programs.

    The Master of Business Administration (MBA) course offered by Alliance School of Business, Alliance University, is the flagship course of the School and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), USA - a premier international accreditation body for business management programs.

    The course is designed to equip graduates with the skills, abilities and knowledge that will enable them to take up positions of higher responsibility in the corporate world anywhere, or to become entrepreneurs.


    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: 1800-102-8737, 011- 41730151/52/53

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    Address: Campus Address: Energy Acres, P.O. Bidholi via-Prem Nagar, Dehradun-248007 Enrolments office: UPES, 210, 2nd Floor, Okhla Phase-3, New Delhi- 110020

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    -- MBA (Human Resources / Marketing / Financial & Accounting / Operations Management)

    -- Starting academic year 2016, UPES and IBM are collaborating on an academic initiative that will provide Business Analytics training to MBA students, helping them develop the skills needed to become future business leaders. This initiative will feature a new course for MBA i.e. MBA BUSINESS ANALYTICS. The course curriculum will be co-developed by UPES and IBM. Students will also be exposed to IBM proprietary technologies, engineers, and data scientists.


    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: 0120-4370000, 0120-4513999

    Email ID: admissions@galgotiasuniversity.edu.in, international.office@galgotiasuniversity.edu.in

    Address: Plot No.2, Sector 17-A , Yamuna Expressway, Greater Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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    Most importantly, in the finest traditions of Bhavan, the Institute is offering contemporary management education since 1995 integrated with timehonoured Indian values. In other words, it is focused on providing valuebased orientation for ethical business growth using the finest business practices with continuous up gradation of skills.

    It is a young business school that has made a positive impact on students, corporate and society in a short period of time. The Institute enjoys autonomy both strategic and financial that few peer business schools in India can boast of. We place students at the centre of our educational activities first and foremost. Our programmes are regulation compliant and accredited by AICTE, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India since 1995. Our PGDM Two Year Full Time Programme is recognized equivalent to MBA by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). We provide quality education at moderate fee.

    The distinguishing features of the PGDM (Full Time) 2 year programme are dual specialization, 100 percent quality placement assistance, and probably the only Bschool offering a course focusing on China

    -- In the heart of New Delhi Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, Mandi House Metro Station.
    -- 100 per cent Placement Assistance with multiple offers.
    -- State of the Art Infrastructure: Air Conditioned Classrooms, WiFi Campus etc.
    -- Collaboration with FHV Vorarlberg University - a State University in Austria for projects and exchange programs.
    -- Assistance provided in Hostel and Education loan facility.
    -- Special arrangements to facilitate English Communication Skills of students.
    -- Highly Qualified Core faculty drawn both from Academics and Industry.
    -- Summer Internship Project (SIP), Live Industry Projects, and Rural Project Bottom of the Pyramid for all students.
    -- Foreign Language part of PGDM program
    -- Mentoring - Each student has a Faculty Mentor who acts as a guide, friend and philosopher throughout the academic programme.


    Ranked as A category institute by AIMA, Indian Management Journal - June 2015.
    Ranked in Top Best Business Schools in Creating Managers for Tomorrow by Business Today -Indias Best BSchool Survey, Nov 2015.


    Location: Ahmedabad

    Contact No.: +91 - 079 -30642000/100/200/300/400

    Email ID: admissions@imnu.ac.in

    Website: www.imnu.ac.in/www/index.asp

    Address: Institute of Management, Nirma University, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, Chandlodia, Gota, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 382481

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    The Institute of Management, Nirma University is a constituent Institute of Nirma University, a statutory University, recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2(f). The Institute has been consistently ranked among the top 25 private B-Schools in the country. We have been accredited with A Grade by NAAC. The college provides the MBA degree after the completion of program.
  • Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University

    Location: Haryana - Other

    Contact No.: +91-130-3057800, 3057801, 3057802

    Email ID: admissions@jgbs.edu.in

    Address: Sonipat Narela Road, Near Jagdishpur Village, Sonipat, Haryana - 131001, NCR of Delhi, India

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    O.P. Jindal Global University is a non-profit global university established by the Haryana Private Universities (Second Amendment) Act, 2009. JGU is established in memory of the Mr. O.P. Jindal as a philanthropic initiative of Mr. Naveen Jindal, the Founding Chancellor. The University Grants Commission has accorded its recognition to O.P. Jindal Global University. The vision of JGU is to promote global courses, global programmes, global curriculum, global research, global collaborations, and global interaction through a global faculty. JGU`s this vision will in some measure enable the State of Haryana and India to become a provider of international education and a leader in the transnational knowledge economy. JGU is situated on a 60-acre state of the art residential campus. JGU is one of the few universities in India that maintains a 1:15 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. The international educational background and experience of our faculty members augurs well for our inter-disciplinary approach towards higher education. JGU`s global vision and global orientation are its unique characteristics. JGU`s global vision is also recognised by many institutions worldwide and has enabled JGU to develop international collaborations with the United Nations University, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Michigan, Cornell University, New York University, King`s College London, University of Cambridge, and many other reputed universities and educational institutions worldwide.

    The vision of Jindal Global Business School is to impart global business education to equip managers and professionals with skills and knowledge to efficiently tackle challenges faced not only by businesses but also by NGOs, entrepreneurs and government organisations.

    JGBS will offer multidisciplinary education to foster academic excellence, global collaborations and linkages between inter-disciplinary research and teaching.

    India, which is on the verge of becoming an economic superpower, must produce world-class professionals, scholars, and academics to compete globally. History indicates that excellence in education leads to economic growth and development. JGBS plans to progressively establish international collaborations with globally ranked business education institutions, conduct joint research, offer global programmes and host international conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops and round table events.

    Jindal Global Business School (JGBS)
    Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) that is now being established is committed to facilitating free thinking and reflection upon global business issues that affect different people across the world. JGBS will begin its first academic session in 2010 and will provide a congenial environment for promoting excellence in teaching and research.

    Redefining Business Education in India
    Business education is witnessing a shift from conventional to innovative learning. Students are being trained in real life situations to effectively respond to business issues. There is an increasing emphasis on work experience prior to postgraduate studies and share past knowledge to help chart a roadmap for the future of business. Moreover, intercultural and cross-cultural understanding has become an important component in a global manager’s profile. Today’s business education should encompass these issues too. A business school programme should enable students to deal with issues and ideas that are important for business creation and development. It should also help students develop competencies that go beyond theoretical knowledge and make their education relevant.


    Location: Mumbai

    Contact No.: +91 - 22 - 2613 4577 / 2618 3688/ 4235 5555

    Email ID: admissions.mpstme@nmims.edu

    Address: SVKMs NMIMS, MPSTME, Bhakti Vedant Swami Marg.,J.V.P.D. Scheme, Vile Parle(W), Mumbai- 400056,

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    NMIMS, established in 1981 under the aegis of Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) has over 6000 students and more than 300 faculty members who represent an eclectic mix of industry and academic experience. NMIMS has seven Schools offering programs across various disciplines such as Management, Technology, Science, Pharmacy, Architecture and Commerce at graduate, postgraduate and doctorate levels.

    B.Tech Textile
    Textile Industry is second largest Industry in the country needs huge no of Technical personnel and Technology managers to support automation, large scale mfg. process in Engineering Industry.

    1. It has world class infrastructure with top class Technicians from Industry mentoring students

    2. PSSGL group of Industries with most modern Technology is participating in Engineering education.

    3. Web based Black Board Learning Management System in Teaching and Learning.

    4. Value added training programs in collaboration with Industry and reputed institutes.

    5. Well equipped Labs, Research and Innovation centres.

    6. Highly qualified and experienced faculty

    7. Class rooms have been established on the production floor with concept to develop need based learning with Industry support during practical exposure visits.

    8. See and learn and work and learn concept

    9. Students are facilitated to work out IDP/UDP in collaboration with major Textile Industry in the country to develop skills as required in different segment of the Industry

    10. CTF has one to one tie-up with major Textile Industries Viz Alok, Welspun, Raymonds, Bombay Dyeing and mfg.


    Location: Delhi / NCR

    Contact No.: Toll Free No: 1800-103-5050

    Email ID: mba@niituniversity.in

    Address: Neemrana, District -Alwar, NH 8, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Rajasthan - 301 705

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    The MBA program at NIIT University designed to help aspiring professionals build meaningful connections to the real world of business and become successful leaders of the future. The MBA program at NIIT University uses the University`s core principles of seamlessness and Industry - Linkage as the foundation of its program design. Though a transformational process involving courses, projects, internships, leadership interactions, finishing school and other distinctive co-curricular components .The program create exceptional leaders trained to operate in today`s complex business environment.

    Companies that visited the campus this year are ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Acer, Infotech enterprises & NIIT. Salary packages were in the median range of Rs. 4.5 - Rs. 8 lakhs.

    Programme Highlights

    1. Rigorous curriculum ensuring excellent industry exposure and day- 1 career readiness

    2. 100% Placement for all previous batches in companies like ICICI Bank, Max group, NIIT Ltd, Acer ,Infotech enterprises etc.

    3. Mentorship programme under the guidance of CEOs of leading organizations.

    4. Global exposure and facilitation of assimilative learning through study trips in India and abroad.

    5. Industry relevant domain specializations, structured internship and industry projects.

    6. Strong faculty pool comprising senior academicians and seasoned industry professionals.


    The NU Scholarship scheme is aimed at attracting bright students to the program and is given based on first cum first serve basis to students in the pool in the order of Admission Merit.

    There are limited scholarships available on university fee. Early application before January 31, 2014, increases the prospect`s chances of availing this scholarship

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    Location: Gujarat - Other

    Contact No.: 91 79 23275020,91 79 23275030

    Email ID: Not Available

    Address: Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Raisan Village, District-Gandhinagar, Pincode-382 007. Gujarat, India

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    Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) was established by GERMI as a Private University through the State Act enacted on 4th April, 2007. School of Petroleum Management under Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University on 26th October, 2007. First batch of B.Tech (Petroleum Technology) admitted at School of Petroleum Technology on 16th August, 2007. School of Petroleum Management-Offers MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D programmes with a focus on Oil & Gas Sector.

    Location: Greater Noida

    Contact No.: 0120-4570000

    Email ID: admission@sharda.ac.in

    Address: 32-34, Knowledge Park III, Greater Noida, UP.- 201306, E-Mail: admission@sharda.ac.in

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    - The only global university in India to have 27% international students

    - World Class Infrastructure spread across 63 acres plush green campus with AC classrooms, AV aids, well stocked libraries, fully Wi-Fi campus, excellent sport facility and the food courts makes it a truly modern University.

    - State of the Art Labs and live Projects - IBM labs, centre of competency in VLSI Design to name a few.

    - 817 bed multi-specialty Hospital inside the Campus

    - Nodal centre for Indian Air Force for Fast Track Selection (FTS) of Engineers in entire North India.

    - A diverse and brilliantly crafted Curriculum with International methodologies.

    - Campus life is a melting point of various cultures, regions, countries, ethnicities, flavors, cuisines, sights, and sounds that has already enthralled 20,000 students.

    - On Campus AC & Non AC residence for more than 3,200 students.

    - Fleet of 20-25 AC Delux buses covering 90Kms area of Delhi NCR

    - Multi-cuisine food court

    - Scholarships for meritorious students

    - Flexible credit based structure

    - Highly professional programs with global curriculum

    - National and international faculty - best among peer`s Intellectual capital

    - Portfolio development / research work / guided internship under industry mentorship.

    - Harness technology and best management practices

    - Practical experience on advanced analytical softwares like SAP, SPSS, Prowess, CRM and other analytical tools.

    - Industry exposure through study tours and projects

    - Rated by Dun & Bradstreet`s One of the lndia`s Leading Business schools 2011.

    - CRISIL national grading of B School : NCR: A

    - 100 % placement assistance

    - Thoroughly redesigned & updated curriculum

    - Emphasis on application oriented learning

    - Intensive field work with class rooms beyond campus

    - Extensive focus on communication and applied managerial skills