MBA Dual Degree and Integrated MBA Progrmmes in India and Abroad – Part 3

We reached to the last part of the articles on MBA Dual Degrees and Integrated Programmes. Dual degree programs are more common in some countries than others, for instance the US and the UK. Many reputed American Universities such as Stanford University, Yale University, Duke University, Cornell University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, etc. offer dual degree integrated programs particularly in management. Dual degree integrated programs such as Technology and Management, Nursing and Healthcare Management, Law and Management, etc. are common in foreign universities. Earlier to this, we have discussed various advantages and disadvantages of Dual Degree and Integrated Management courses.

Dual degree programs in India:

India too has witnessed a surge in the number of integrated degree programs at the master’s and doctoral levels in the recent past, primarily from private educational institutions. Such a change is significant and noticeable. In a country that has the third largest education sector in the world, in terms of both student numbers and the overall number of institutions, variety in program offerings and innovation are key for the success in higher education.
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani could be termed as the trend setter in the dual degree integrated programs introducing them way back in 1971 with the objective of providing maximum flexibility and lateral mobility. This has helped BITS to attract high caliber students into its portals. For the Universities, dual degree integrated programs offer sustainable revenue generation, too. Before taking admission in any Dual Degree and Integrated MBA, read this article before taking a decision that can change your career prospects.

National Law School of India University offers integrated BA-LLB, B.Com-LLB, BBA-LLB programs which have proved to be successful. In appreciation of these programs, industry employs graduates of these colleges at attractive pay packages. Other reputed institutions such as Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, etc. are offering dual degree integrated programs.

IIM, Indore is the first among IIMs to offer a five-year integrated post-graduate program in management to impart management skills to students at a very early stage. The program has a very holistic multi-disciplinary approach toward course content. There are other private universities such as Lovely Professional University, Amity University, Maharshi Dayanand University and Kurukshetra University offering integrated BBA-MBA Programs. However there are no rankings available for them.

Universities / Institutes such as IIT Kharagpur, IIT Mumbai, NMIMS Deemed University, University of Lucknow, VIT University Vellore, etc. offer integrated B.Tech-MBA programs. Allahabad University has already announced its integrated programs. Many other universities are expected to join the bandwagon.

India has more than 400 million Indians between the ages of six to 24, but only 10.4 million Indians are enrolled in higher education. On the other hand, the industry has been complaining that the average graduate is not suitable for employment due to lack of relevant skills and competencies. The introduction of dual degree integrated management programs may provide an answer to employability crisis in the graduate education, as management education focuses on skills that are relevant for industry which the engineering, architecture and pharmacy education have not delivered. The new initiative by the AICTE could well be the solution to for the talent shortage problems that industry is facing for a longtime.

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