'The Cricket of Indian Placements' - views shared by Prof Sudhir G. Angur, Chancellor Alliance University Bangalore

Friday, April 07 2017, 05:20 AM
The annual campus placements exercise brings together companies, campuses, students, and corporate relations teams in the country in the same manner as India’s favorite sport, 'Cricket'
Our recruiters who also do come from all over the country and beyond to recruit our students put a great amount of faith in the graduates they hire from Alliance University Prof Sudhir G. Angur, Chancellor Alliance University Bangalore

Prof Sudhir G Angur, Chancellor Alliance University Bangalore throws light on various aspects on Placement process in the MBA colleges and universities while comparing it to Cricket. Prof Angur shares the approach to prepare the Alliance students to face the Corporate and turning the placement a very successful event at Alliance University.

Campus placement in India is an event in itself and works very much like India’s favorite sport, ‘Cricket’. The way large cricket formats in India bring together players, teams, sponsors, and fans from all over the country; the annual campus placements exercise brings together companies, campuses, students, and corporate relations teams in the country in the same manner.

It is not just in the people from all walks of life coming together for cricket, but what they bring along. Players from small and big towns with the zeal to perform and prove, passion to excel, leadership, decision making, and all this with a commitment towards arduous practice combined with expert coaching. All bundled up, with consistency in performance leads to the player becoming an icon, and getting noticed by agencies and sponsors. The rest would become history. So is the case with quality education where students come from all corners of world and should commit to their professional growth under the leadership of expert faculty to get noticed by recruiters.

At Alliance University, we work at the core of things to ensure that our graduates are ready to face the corporate. Our recruiters who also do come from all over the country and beyond to recruit our students put a great amount of faith in the graduates they hire from Alliance University. The need of the hour is to create unique points of amalgamation to ensure that both recruiters and graduates are a near perfect match to professional growth and development.

When I laid the foundation of Alliance in the late 1990s, there were very few campuses that worked towards commitments of quality education. The scene has not changed much over the years. The number of educational institutions have reasonably gone higher but the emphasis on overall individual development of a student is amiss in many of these. We need to overcome the foresight of becoming a human resource churning system and move towards becoming value educators and change makers.

At Alliance University, the key differentiator is our ethos - academic excellence and student centeredness - which propels every action of ours. While we recruit students from diverse backgrounds who are expected to be future managers, leaders, scientists, lawyers, businessmen and future philanthropists; the critical question is whether we can produce as many as possible of the future Indira Nooyi and Steve Jobs. How do we train them? What do we do to challenge their intellectual curiosity? How do we strike a balance to groom a reflective introvert or a student who manages to do respectably but not brilliantly in all the subjects, to be or future leader?

The industry partnerships that we regard highly value our approach and thus engage with us frequently to develop our students into smart professionals and automatically become a great pool of talent to set into the corporate. Coming back to the analogy that I started with; the whole exercise like a one day international or an IPL match is, rigorous and time-consuming, but extremely satisfying. It adds reason to our commitment and passion in creating value in education, and is highly appreciated by some of the most successful organizations in banking, automotive, retail, information technology, financial services, consulting, e-commerce, education, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, and so on. Some of these organizations who are Fortune 500 companies or who are in the Forbes 500 List or are some of the Great Places to work For; recruit our students from our programs in business, engineering, law and commerce. The outcomes of all our investments are clearly visible in the success of our alumni, who are meaningfully contributing to their respective organizations and the overall society at large.

To sum it all, there is so much that goes to clearly define our intent and work towards making it happen in the education space, that contributes and builds the background for ‘the cricket of Indian Placements, that sees close to 94% of our graduates get recruited by more than 250 companies from 24 broad industry sectors. And for each of these graduates, the placement affair is just the beginning.

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