Business India, one of the country’s foremost business publications, recently released their 12th annual list of the top Indian B-Schools. In this survey Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) has scaled two notches getting it closer to the top. From an A ranking in 2010, KIAMS has achieved an A++. This leap forward is because of the institute’s unswerving attention to the details that define excellence. Constant vigilance, innovation and application of new teaching techniques and industry interface integrated into a very contemporary curriculum clearly make a difference in the way the institute is perceived.
“At one level there is elation, but deeper down there is no surprise. We do believe in giving the best in what we do – one of our values is ‘to undertake only those things in which we have the potential to excel’. Knowing that we can excel in education, we have gone ahead with our efforts,” says Dr. Gopal Iyengar, Director, KIAMS. “All the feedback we got from the Business India ranking would be debated in the faculty council and used as a stepping stone to the next level.”
Dr. Gopal Iyengar’s sense of humour surfaces when he says, with a twinkle in his eyes, “I am reminded of an ad (though the product is far removed from our education field) which had the punch-line ‘Andar se fit tho bahar se hit’! We are focused on being ‘andar se fit’. The current BI ranking is the ‘Bahar se hit’ part.”
The most important ten heads
BusinessIndia’s rankings were led by brand equity, followed by faculty and pedagogy, industry interface, technology use, infrastructure, income and expenditure, student facilitation, growth, overseas networking and alumni. Business India tried to capture every aspect that goes to make a B-School feature in its 2011 ranking. Other areas included important elements like campus specialisations, student admissions, Website details, journal publishing, curriculum design, faculty profiles, publication and support, library data, industry outreach, international linkages, corporate training, consulting, brand building and the growth a business school has seen. All these elements went into making the ranking unbiased and very fair.
“The A++ ranking by prestigious B-School survey not only shows that KIAMS is one of the best institute in India, however this is not the destination but a journey which is to be walked successfully in the future,” Shruti, a KIAMS executive candidly observes. Her pride in her institute reflects in her words.
KIAMS, with its century old industry and management experience has a huge library of indigenous case studies to draw from and is keeping the faculty factor in strong focus. However, there is always room for change, for change is the only constant. Shruti puts the tangible changes she sees in these succinct words. “I see enhanced efforts to streamline activities with 100% transparency which are more students driven. KIAMS has strong industry interface and matches industry expectations. The institute conducts national and international research. Its live project based curriculum is backed by world class infrastructure.”
The way forward
While Dr. Iyengar is pleased with the rankings, he is very clear that irrespective of the competition, KIAMs will continue charting its own path. “As we have always being doing, we will continue to define who we are and what we want to impact, and work diligently towards that. Sure we are aware of competition but not obsessed by it. We may put together a benchmarked group from our band and an aspirational group from the higher band to understand how they deliver. But the bar will be raised mostly through aspiring higher in what we want to impact,” he is emphatic.
Dr. Iyengar urges his students into being the best that they can be with a few well chosen, wise words.”Continue performing based on your self-worth and self-esteem. When you go out into industry they should not experience a dissonance between shadow and substance.”