..says Dr. Kalyani Rangarajan, Director, VIT Business School Chennai while in conversation with HTCampus.
Dr. Kalyani Rangarajan is currently the Director of VIT Business School that is located in the VIT University Chennai Campus. Armed with a postgraduate degree in Mathematics, she started her career as an officer with State Bank of Mysore and went on to become the manager of SBM Bangalore branch. Subsequently, she completed her PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), and later a doctorate in Health Economics from the Bangalore University.
Besides teaching as a visiting faculty in several management schools in Karnataka such as TAPMI, ITM, NIFT, XIME etc., she has been a full time faculty and Director/ Head of the Department at PES Institute of Technology, Alliance Business Academy, and Dayananda Sagar College of Management and Information Technology, Bangalore; KLE Society’s Institute of Management Studies and Research, Hubli.
Dr. Kalyani Rangarajan brings with her, to VIT Business School, years’ worth of experience and learning. In a conversation with HTCampus, she tells us about her vision for the business school and how she intends to implement various initiatives:
How has your experience been as the Director of VIT Business School, Chennai?
It has been exciting! The VIT Business School’s Chennai campus was started in June 2010 and we have been busy streamlining and enabling the MBA programme at Chennai to take off from the blocks. Our first batch (2010-12) passed out successfully with 98% placement.
VIT Business School was established in September 1994 as the Department of Management Sciences under the University of Madras and has grown exponentially since then. What were the key initiatives undertaken to bring about this growth?
Many initiatives have been taken to make this growth possible. To mention a few:
- An up-to-date curriculum based on a trimester system and introduction of new electives in Banking and Costing verticals
- Industry interaction including industry visits
- Feedback from alumni constructively used
- Global tours
- Experiential learning
- Value added courses in SAP, Six Sigma, Business Analytics etc.
- A well established placement process with placement training
- Guest lectures by well known academics, industry leaders and others
- Industry experts who offer elective subjects
- Well established alumni network
How does VIT Business School distinguish itself from other B-Schools in India?
- A fully flexible credit system, that empowers students to choose courses, faculty and timing of their choice, which is a hallmark of VIT
- Students can also plan the number of credits in a term
- Global Student Exchange Programmes, Summer Schools and Tours
- Moderate fees and fully residential programme at the Chennai Campus
Which have been the most popular programmes at VIT Business School?
Many students opt for Marketing, Finance and HR Electives, while a smaller number of students opt for electives under Operations and Systems area.
What are the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBA programmes being offered by VIT Business School? What would the expected CAT 2012 cut-off score be for admission to VIT Business School?
60 percent marks in graduation level, and any valid CAT/XAT/GMAT/MAT scores are the basic eligibility criteria required for admission to VIT’s MBA programmes. For admission to the 2013-14 academic session, CAT scores above 65 percentile would be preferred.
Online MBA seems to be the next big trend in management education. Are any steps being taken by VIT Business School to bridge this gap in the market?
We are yet to get on to the online MBA platform. Plans are afoot to start an executive MBA programme with foreign collaboration in the forthcoming academic year.
In your opinion, what is the current state of management education in India?
With the downtrend in the economy, only the strong B Schools would be able to weather the storm. We have to build survival skills in the students in these turbulent times to be on their own and take initiatives to work in emerging and un-trodden sectors such as entertainment industry, development sector, sports management, social entrepreneurship etc.
How has the placement scene been last year for VIT Business School? Is location of the B-School a criterion as far as placements are concerned?
We had 98% placements last year. Financial sector was the biggest recruiter, followed by IT. The highest CTC was INR 6.5 lakhs and the average CTC was INR 3.5 lakhs. Chennai campus definitely enjoys a great locational advantage.
Apart from academics, what else does VIT Business School have to offer to the student for holistic education?
An enabling campus environment, VIT business school being part of a technology university, social responsibility rrogramme, focus on soft skills development, outbound training programmes, an up-to-date library and lab facilities with access to EBSCO, CMIE PROWESS, Industry Analysis and COPEX, MATLAB, SPSS etc., mingling with students from all parts of India and even international students at the Vellore Campus are some of the many offerings that the VIT Business school has for its students.
What is the faculty line-up at VIT Business School like?
We have about 60 experienced faculty members in both the campuses put together with excellent academic and industry credentials. There is a good mix of male and female members who are professionally and academically qualified; making up a young and not so young committed team.
The directors, Dr. Kalyani Rangarajan at the Chennai campus and Prof. Saroj Kumar Datta at the Vellore campus, both have qualifications from IIMs.
What are the plans in pipeline for VIT Business School?
Our immediate plans include:
- An Executive MBA
- Constant updating in curriculum
- A combined MBA and MS programme with foreign universities
- Moving up the value chain by making MBA education relevant to the present day needs of the industry and society.
Interviewed by Nishatha Abraham Bijeesh