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IIT Madras launches a niche course that will offer a student both engineering and management degree

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019

The integrated course will offer a UG degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Management, writes Shivangi Mishra

Technology has brought a lot of disruption to the markets. Standalone MBA degrees though closely aligned to the needs of the business, often do not offer in-depth knowledge of the potential effects technology can have on management. To address this challenge, IIT-Madras is introducing the first-of-its-kind TechMBA programme for its undergraduate (UG) students as part of the Five-Year Inter-Disciplinary Dual Degree (IDDD) programmes.

“TechMBA aims to impart managerial education with a technological orientation. The programme will inculcate business acumen in engineering students while instilling management mindset for handling complex decision-making problems and shaping technology-driven organisational transformation,” says Arun Kumar G, professor and head, Department of Managemant studies, IIT-Madras.

Curriculum
 
The distinctiveness of the TechMBA lies in its curriculum design and pedagogy, which aim to combine the academic rigour with the practices in the industry. The programme meets the need of producing graduates who can be a part of global organisations functioning in a digital economy.
 
“The curriculum for the programme has been designed in partnership with leading industry players including Goldman Sachs, Google and Mckinsey among others. The curriculum is very different from what is being offered in our existing management programmes. It will focus on performance analytics, transformation technology, analytical decision-making, design thinking, digitisation and management,” Kumar told Education Times.
 
Department of Management Studies will offer the foundational techMBA courses during the third and fourth years of all UG programmes. It will have an intake of 25-30 students. The eligibility criteria for opting for the courses in the fifth year are CGPA, departmental aptitude test and/or personal interview.
 
“We have kept strict selection criteria to pick the best candidates who after the course will be ready to take on lead roles as management innovators in industries, thought leaders in consultancies and technopreneurs in deep technology domain,” says Kumar. The students opting for the programme, which commences from this year, will be awarded two degrees, a BTech and a Masters degree in Management (MBA).

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