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JNU Admissions 2019: Engineers dominate the first batch of MBA, accounts for 40% of enrollments

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019

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The Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship (ABVSME) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) welcomed the first batch of MBA in Management and Entrepreneurship. 
The students enrolled in the programme belong to varied educational and professional background, but engineering students continue to be in majority. “Students have come from all disciplines such as basic sciences, commerce and philosophy, but more than 40% of students have an engineering background and around 1/3rd of the students have prior work experience,” says Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, vice-chancellor, JNU. 
The focus of the school, says Kumar, is majorly on facilitating entrepreneurship calibre in the students. “The school is modelled on ‘Make in India’ initiative. We will also offer a diploma programme in entrepreneurship from 2020 onwards; where we will admit informal innovators from rural areas and train them to create local employment.”
Despite being one of the most sought-after universities for Social Science and Natural Science courses, it was essential for the varsity to foray into other disciplines, says Kumar.
“A strong need was felt to formulate a bridge between the research being carried out in the university and the market. Students of the MBA programme will also be able to take courses in areas such as International Relations, Social Science, Regional development, Public health, Policy making and international languages.”
JNU’s MBA fee is Rs 12 lakhs (for two years) for general category candidates and Rs 6 lakhs for SC/ST category students. Speaking about the fee structure of the programme that attracted negative responses from the students in the past, Kumar says, “During the past one decade, all established educational institutions offering management programmes have increased their MBA fee from Rs 10-30 lakh.Many institutions such as Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have substantially reduced their dependence on the government budgetary support for recurring expenditure. Therefore, we are in tune with current practices.”
Kumar adds that the internal resources raised through the tuition fee will be utilised to invite industry experts and visiting faculty to provide for holistic industry-academic exposure to the students.


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