Are B Schools Serious?

Every time I hear someone is doing an MBA, I am just frightened to give any advice. In fact I did dissuade a few people over the past few weeks given that they were in a better position and well just wanted to do an MBA for the heck of it. Same way, I did guide a couple who were fixed on what to do and where to go post MBA, but just needed a jolt of confidence.

I am scared to suggest someone to do an MBA or rather PGPM as some B schools call it just because of two reasons 1) The aspirant is unplanned 2) The schools are just mushrooming everywhere and have everything to offer which might not be trustworthy.

The former case is just out of frustration, people are frustrated with the monotonousness in their current role and want to do something big. They just thing they can do big by doing an MBA. It does take a lot of patience and time to convince them that its no use doing an MBA for the heck of a degree in any Tom Dick and Harry B school. No school can be an IIM, XL or an ISB whatever the founder(s) claim(s)! But well, many fall into the trap and hardly get any improvement over their previous jobs or realize later that they would have grown way higher had they put up or been patient with their current jobs.

The second, except the top B schools, read the IIMs, XL and ISB, I am losing trust in the rest. Neither do they have proper industry backing that they claim nor they stick to their promise (Of course there are a few like one of them in Mysore, which openly quote that we are not a job factory, join for learning). Quote Unquote “I will increase the seats in this school over my dead body!”, said a dean of one of India’s still upcoming B Schools, but of late, I saw the same school increase its intake a couple of batches later and well above all change its offering. The school was known for its one year program, but looked like it decided to ditch its own premier offering for a 2 year program. Do understand this might be considering the market dynamics, but well the way it was branded and communicated, it looked like we are ditching our premier offering, which was a key differentiation. So the initial offering seemed like just a platform to build the brand and then….

The B schools go a long way promising placements, hiding the real facts on placements and falsely boost students’ confidence, but well the truth will be a lot different. In fact I know a dean who has claimed for three consecutive years (I did speak to ppl form three consecutive batches), that Mc Kinsey, BCG, Tata Administrative Services and Meryll Lynch would come to the campus for recruitment, but well except for a guest lecture from one of them, the statement has been a damp squib. In fact when I did my Masters as well, I was promised a certificate which authorizes me to do a 6 month Masters in US in a B school, haven’t seen the certificate till now! Glad that I got my degree certificate :).

My word to those who are aspiring any of the B School set up in the past decade or so – Don’t trust the advise given in Meet The Deans/ Admin Directors or any B School Show offs! Visit the school first and get first hand information. Then speak to the alums – who were there 2-3 years back preferably one from each batch and compare the information you have on hand. If you are studying in India, check the placement stats, very much in person. And yes, please do not take decisions in a haste – Not all B Schools are serious.

PS: Some opinions are personal, some shared within a group, expect the reader to visit the schools and take a call. I am still trying to understand why people want to do a Fast-Track MBA (I did as well) or rather an MBA without plans. The article has been written after my interactions with a few aspirants over the couple of months, who just wanted an MBA and probably will get one too…

Kataariveera Surasundaraangi!???

After a long long long time, I am writing. But after a long time went to a Kannada movie with my wife. Plagued last week with no tickets to Anna Bond, did not want to miss Kataariveera Surasundaraangi starring Uppi, Ambi and Ramya in 3D. Touted to be the first 3D movie in Kannada the story seemed not so interesting but just wanted to have some brainless fun from the Real Star and that was it.

After going to Cinepolis, BG Road and returning in vain, found the tickets for the 3D movie in Gopalan Cinemas on BG Road. For unknown reasons felt that place is overpriced, but after seeing that Fun charges 230 for a Kannada movie, decided this was better on my pockets. So there we were, me and Sups picking up our 3D glasses waiting for the show to start.

Plotted in heaven and earth, the movie has no semblance to real life. The story disappointment both of us a lot. Given the publicity, we did expect a lot out of the movie with veterans like Ambarish and Doddanna in lead roles. But except for a new-look pretty looking Ramya (a.k.a DivyaSpandana), our expectations were went down the drain, just like the water from the heavy rains outside :). The movie was supposed to do the same to sandalwood what Avatar did to Hollywood.

The better part of the day probably was the time we spent in SFO restaurant themed on San Fransisco Cable cars, and of course the ride back in near torrential rains. The weather has been a welcome change over the past week. Hope the rains are here to stay. Just before I close, the Cable Car restaurant served great food, probably worth another try. And yes, I did not get tickets to Anna Bond again, probably next week, or with another Upendra release that is expected soon.

And Back…

For almost four months, I was out of action from blogging. Some attributed it to my marriage, some to my new job and rest were not just caring about it! Anyway I am back here on WordPress. Long time since I posted anything – probably had devoted enough time to Sups and her college life! Yeah, my wife’s doing her M.Tech ad yes I had to run around to do her assignments ;).. Joking! Anyway, had to get adjusted to the new work life. Yet to get into the groove. Still settling at work. Not back at full pace and would definitely change soon, Need M for Motivation ;).

There has been another problem that’s stopped me from getting back to work, its the lunches and dinners at the houses of a plethora of relatives. As of now, the count stands at some 30 odd and still have not covered even 25% of the list of invites. This might go on for another couple of years!

While I was off, many things happened. Anna’s innumerable fast. Kapil Sibals attempts to gag Internet. BSYs on and off mode in hitting out at BJP leaders in Karnataka! Wow, all for power. Little do people know how to manage with power. Congress has gone on a huge campaign in UP and has forgotten all the issues dogging this nation, soon wish there is a change of power into good hands! Anyway all this will come up soon with much details!

Have had a few road trips across the state. Bangalore-Mysore-Shimoga-Hassan and now planning one this week to Kukke Subhramanya-Coorg-Dubare and then the week after to Mangalore for Prasanna’s wedding and then to Sagara for Srini’s wedding! Had stayed at Infy Mysore campus as well last week post-work. Now that was a treatment meted out to a king! Was sad that I stayed back at campus being hardly a kilometer or two away from home, but still for the sheer greatness of that place, it was worth being put up for one night! Was a wonderful stay and yes hoping to work from there some day!

101st!

Well, just did not realize that I had completed 100 posts on my blog :), so randomly posting this.

Nothingness… and Etios!

For the past two weeks, except seeking a glimpse of my StudMats, I have not done anything great. In fact I have started reconnecting with my lost friends PERSONALLY – Yeah all you facebook addicts, PERSONALLY :). But more or less, have not achieved anything credible with the one odd month of resting period I have post MBA, before I probably head for a non-IT, Strategy role in an IT firm!

The weeks have had trips to Bangalore, BIAL, frequent visits to Chamundi Hills – one planned for tomorrow as well, and yes attended the marriage of my classmate Harish KL and met a bunch of people who I had not seen for almost a year. The best part ofย  the week has been my test drive of the Toyota Etios!

Me and Abhi just headed to the Palace Toyota showroom and well, boom – for that price, honestly I had not expected such a decent car. Amazing steering, amazing legroom and the bootspace that can probably hold a Cessna aircraft broken down! Except for the digital fuel guage, which needed magnifying glasses from a distance to see, I did not see much of an issue with the car. A perfect Sedan for starters. I may go for it. The only bad part I felt ’bout the car was the plastics, looked low on quality. That apart its true Toyota Class. Had read cases about Toyota in B-School and well had a 20 hour Japanese and Germal selling program as well, but today experienced the Toyota class at the wheel personally again. Cheers.

Closing these notes about nothing as I head to watch another few episodes of How I Met Your Mother! Next notes on – Is what Anna Hazare talking really practical and are his supporters really flawless?

Another Journey Ends…

Some great man once said, its the journey that matters, not the destination. True to the core, another short but sweet journey comes to an end in another two days. Formal academic processes are done and I would be moving out of the campus soon. The nostalgia is sinking in. I see people who decided to leave early move, one by one e-Mails are trickling in bidding goodbye to the family of Great Lakers who were a part of the life for over a year now.

Most evenings are booked in the nearby restaurants for farewell dinners of the groups that were formed/ we were a part of. A few of my colleagues like Keerthi, convinced us to visit the Karmayoga village – Neikuppi to bid goodbye and set a base for the next batch to interact with them. Worthy it was.

Signing off from KarmaYoga at Neikuppi

Signing off from KarmaYoga at Neikuppi

Even now, I do not know where the sleep has run away! (On an honest note, seeing India bat, I had slept across the first innings of today’s match). But before the match, me, Keerthi, Puneet and Ravi made a point to go the village meet the school kids – bid a warm goodbye and head back to Great Lakes. The highly talked about India – Pak match also turned out to be exciting in the second half and my only hope now – India must win this world cup for one man – Sachin Tendulkar (MSD are you listening?). Today’s match was screened in the Great Halls of Great Lakes and almost the entire batch turned up without any force ;).

It has been a great year and I would like to quote Peter Robinson from Snapshots from Hell… (Lil’ modified)

“By the third week of Term 1, business school had succeeded in afflicting me with variations of the Stockholm Syndrome, named after the incident in which a hostage in a stockholm Bank Robbery fell in love with one of her captors.โ€ [ Peter Robinson in ” Snapshots from Hell : The making of an MBA “]

Every one I am sure has fallen in love with this remote place and how much ever experience he or she has, has enjoyed being a student again for an year. Will miss the faculty, colleagues, life at Great Lakes. Our batch was called the Gladiators and Great Lakes shall remain the Colosseum where we fought and won… I salute every classmate of mine and close this post dedicating this article to my fellow group mates who spent quite a lot of energy in ensuring that we will be up to speed in our work… An ode to the group H3 G7.