‘LIBA is privileged to have support of Corporate world’ - Fr. P. Christie, SJ, Director

MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
December 5, 2017
MBAUniverse.com has recently interviewed the Director of Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai, one of the leading B-schools with a legacy of education tradition going back to 5 centuries
“LIBA is privileged to have continuous support and goodwill of many leaders in the corporate world” Fr. P. Christie, SJ, Director

Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai is India’s one of the leading B-schools having a Jesuit tradition of education with a distinguished history spanning more than five centuries.  LIBA is one of the most sought after MBA colleges in India led by Fr. P. Christie, SJ, Director of LIBA.

Run by the world famous educators, the Jesuits, Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai has invited the applications for its flagship PGDM and other management programmes for the admission session 2018-20. The application process at LIBA will close on January 31, 2018 for PGDM batch 2018-20.

Fr. P. Christie, SJ has his doctorate in Decision Sciences and he teaches Data Analysis and Research Methodology. His research interests include cross-cultural research methodology, effect of culture on ethical attitudes of business executives, and globalization. He also guides Ph.D. candidates registered in the University of Madras.

In an exclusive interview with MBAUniverse.com, Fr. P. Christie, SJ shares his vision and USPs of LIBA. Excerpts from the MBAUniverse.com interview follows

How the learning at LIBA is different from many other B-schools?
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) is managed by Jesuits well known for their contribution to education. The Jesuit tradition of education has a distinguished history spanning more than five centuries. Jesuits started their first school in 1548 at Sicily and today there are hundreds of institutions worldwide and there are quite a few prestigious institutions in India which include Loyola College, Chennai.

One of the main reasons for Jesuits to get involved in business education is to form ethical, principle-centred and socially responsible leaders with a global perspective and entrepreneurial spirit.

What are the key values that are followed while imparting leadership lessons and grooming the management students at LIBA? 
What LIBA is and what it stands for can be explained in two words – Excellence and Ethics. We - all of us, faculty, students and staff are here in pursuit of excellence and ethics, I believe, we need to evolve an atmosphere and programs which helps us to develop these attitudes, values and beliefs that form managers’ world view and professional identities.

What Management courses are offered by LIBA? Why are they preferred to other B-schools’ programmes?
LIBA offers primarily a two-year full-time PGDM course, approved by AICTE, accredited by NBA and recognized by AIU. It also offers other programs: Part-time PGDM (AICTE approved), Ph.D. (affiliated to University of Madras) and one-year executive diploma programmes. Management Development Centre offers various customized programmes (short-term and long-term) with a focus on skill development.

Management programmes at LIBA are preferred as the Institution works with an undeterred zeal to offer its students the best of the education, blending classroom and experiential learning.

LIBA is not only a place that teaches you to become a better manager but also helps you evolve as a person. Students of LIBA observe that from meeting people from different walks of life, to working in a team, to handling crisis and facing new challenges on a daily basis, the exposure here is immense.

What are the recent key developments and achievements at LIBA?
LIBA has established various Centres of Excellence: Centre for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance (2005); Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (2007); Prof. C. K. Prahalad Centre for Emerging India (2011) focusing on social innovation and social entrepreneurship; Incubation Centre (2016) mainly promoting social enterprises and a new centre of excellence in collaboration with TCS – Centre for Business Analytics and Insights is proposed to commence this year.

How is the Industry interface for LIBA students?
While, the success of a business school is also influenced by the strength of its ties with the corporate sector, LIBA is privileged to have continuous support and goodwill of many leaders in the corporate world. The institute has constant interaction with industry and commerce associations and is a registered member of CII, FICCI, MMA, MCCI and TiE. The Governing Council, Academic Council and Advisory Committees have many industry doyens as members. Senior Corporates are regularly invited to offer courses and to give guest lectures. A major driver in our quest for better relations with industry has been our ever-growing Management Development Centre (MDC).

LIBA is privileged to have highly competent and qualified faculty, visiting scholars, both inland and overseas, and adjunct faculty. Their outstanding qualifications, long exposure to industry, international exposure and rich experience in executive functions substantially contribute to shape competent managers. 21 out of 22 of our faculty members hold PhD and 16 of them have an adept industry experience.

Please throw light on MDC at LIBA?
The MDC has fostered close ties with the industry through their customized training programs. During 2016-17, MDC conducted training programs for major companies, namely a one-year executive diploma in logistics and supply chain management for TVS Logistics, a two-year postgraduate program in Business Management for FORD India and Royal Bank of Scotland and a two-year executive postgraduate program in Financial Services and Software Testing for Maveric Systems.

Faculties are also involved in training and consultancy activities with various industries. LIBA has started a new specialization in Business Analytics for the full-time program, a part-time one year executive program in Business Analytics in collaboration with TCS and an Executive Certificate Program in Automotive Quality Management in collaboration with Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre India (RNTBI).

How is the Placement scenario for students at LIBA?
LIBA since its inception in 1979, has seen great enthusiasm from the industry to recruit some of the brightest minds of the country. Located in Chennai, the institute is indeed resilient to recessions and has constantly achieved 100 percent placement throughout its journey. The highest salary offered over the past five years at LIBA has been ranging from Rs. 14 lakhs to Rs. 21 lakhs per annum and it is a definite reflection of the quality of teaching offered by the expert faculty members.

What are the international linkages that LIBA has fostered?
LIBA has fostered linkages with more than a dozen foreign universities across five continents –Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Europe for student exchange, faculty exchange and  research collaborations. At present, there are 18 students from NEOMA Business School and KEDGE Business School, France attending classes at LIBA. LIBA is also a member of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS), Jesuit Social Entrepreneurship Network and AMDISA to train our students as global leaders.

How is LIBA promoting entrepreneurship among its students?
LIBA with a view of promoting entrepreneurship has started an incubation centre - Loyola Inclusive Innovation Impact Centre (L3iC), which is an open inclusive innovation startup eco-system, established under the aegis of Prof. C. K. Prahalad Centre for Emerging India. The centre provides space, funds and mentorship for startups. The emphasis is on promoting social enterprises. We have 5 startups progressing well through the stages – pre-incubation, proto-typing, market fit, registering a legal entity, production and marketing.  Another six startups, one with traction (early stage), and another five in the advanced stage of proof concept are being incubated off-site at their respective locations.

In today’s fast changing world where globalization and privatization are part of everyday lingua franca, LIBA prepares its managers to be leaders with a global perspective imbibed with ethics and excellence. With this perfect understanding in moulding management graduates, LIBA continues its journey to be one of the top ten business schools in the country.

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