It is almost for the first time that I am talking of MBA@IITK with a neutral and rather academic interest 🙂
I was comparing the Post-graduate Programme in Management at IIML and Masters of Business Administration programme at IITK, whatever little I know of the two. Certain things struck me. I do believe that the general level of students (to suit the requirements of MBA curriculum) seems better here – but at the same time, I dare say, the expectation of faculty from the students is higher at IITK. It does not make sense to keep asking students to read the assigned readings beforehand but conduct the classes in typical lecture-oriented fashion, instead of being discussion-oriented. At least in the first term, many of our courses, which should have been discussion oriented are much more lecture oriented. The expectation of class participation is much more real and demanding at IITK.
I would not be surprised, if in the long run, IITK attracts better faculty in comparison to IIML (I do not know the situation at other IIMs). Considering from the point of view of faculty, lesser number of teaching hours are certainly a plus. Now at IITK, a faculty member, usually takes at most two (very often one)courses a semester. Also, in the normal circumstances, not more than three courses in a year (two semesters). So, in a semester maximum number of contact hours are six and often just three. Here, for any of the first year courses, more often than not, at least two sections will be taught by one faculty (straight away 6 hours). In some cases the same faculty member is teaching all the four sections (goodness!). And then, if any of the second year electives are to be taught…
Right now, the library is certainly a big minus at IITK for management education and research, but that will build up in time.
Even if not thoroughly leveraged currently, the variety of people in campus with different concerns and vastness of the system gives immense opportunity for on-campus learning – much more than IIML can ever give.
Let’s wait for the future, though.