Category: Academics


There are few decisions in your life that can alter its course completely. For all management hopefuls it’s the one where you choose the B School. If you have made up your mind to pursue your management goals then you have given your entrance exams your best shot. However in spite of doing well in the entrance tests, it has been seen that many aspirants falter because they pick the wrong management institute. If you want to avoid that mistake then here are a few things you have to bear in mind.

A B School creates a solid platform for you irrespective of your individual aspirations. You can go on to have successful corporate careers, choose to become entrepreneurs or thought leaders in your respective fields. But it all begins with the management institute you pick. Here are a few steps you can follow to choose The Right MBA College.

  • First step in the right direction for you is doing your research about its reputation. That’s something you can either do online or by speaking to your seniors. B School rankings from renowned publications also give you a good idea.
  • There are many B Schools all over the country that are backed by industrial houses that have made their mark over the years. Their support is valuable to the B School and your learning, not only when it comes to infrastructure but expert guidance as well.
  • College brochures, websites will also give you a fair idea about the learning environment you will have at a campus. B Schools set in serene surroundings have the luxury of space, which works to your advantage. You will also learn in gorgeous environs that are quite relaxing.
  • It’s not necessary that you have your specialization in mind when you pick the B School but having a rough idea can help you identify the program you want to pursue. Look for B Schools that offer these programs and whether they are comprehensive enough.
  • There are many aspirants who like to take things in their own hands and visit the campuses of management institutes they have zeroed in on. It’s a good strategy because you know more about the infrastructure and amenities you will be working with.
  • It’s also important to look at the faculty team at the institute because they are the ones who will help you learn management concepts and put them into practice. A seasoned faculty team with industry experience adds a lot of value to your learning.
  • Another important aspect of learning at top B Schools is the industry exposure you get. Try and find out what are the initiatives taken by an institute to encourage industry interaction, live projects, summer internship placements etc.
  • The placement record of the institute is another crucial factor that has to be taken into account. Pay due attention to colleges that are honest and transparent about their placement reports, the companies that visit the campus etc.

These steps will lead you towards the Right MBA College for you. KIAMS – India’s top ranked MBA college in Pune and Karnataka. Backed by Kirloskar group, KIAMS opened PGDM colleges in India’s top places like Pune, Maharashtra & Harihar, Karnataka.

Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies (KIAMS) organized a guest lecture and Interactive session for students of PGDM with Mr. PS Krishna Prasad, Head, Luminance Knowledge Center. Held in Lecture Hall 5 on 13th of September, 2014, at 2 pm, the topic titled ‘Hedge Fund History – A Perspective’ was divided into two sessions – the first session dealt with concepts of hedge funds and the next one gave an overview of opportunities in the field.

Professor Geetha Madhuri began the session by introducing the speaker to the audience. Mr. Prasad took over the dais and urged the students to interact, rather than simply listen, in order to gain a better understanding of the topics discussed. He began by introducing the history and background of hedge funds, explaining that they were an investment vehicle that pools capital from investors and invests in securities and other instruments. He then explained the difference between Hedge funds and Mutual funds: “Hedge and Mutual funds are both pooled investments; however, Hedge funds are from qualified investors and are less regulated, while Mutual funds have large and diversified investors and are highly regulated”. He also explained the difference between Hedge funds and Private Equity.

Talking about the investors he said, “There are two categories of Hedge Fund investors – Institutional and Individual.” He then touched upon the norms and guidelines for both categories of investors. The investments usually come from Foundations, Corporate pension funds and Public & State funds, he said. Explaining the structure of a Hedge Fund, he said, “Hedge funds have three principal units – the investors, investment management Co., and the hedge fund itself, which is either a LLP or a Co.” He then launched into the advantages of hedge funds, including their limited liability designation; he also discussed their flow through tax obligations. Various investment styles were also discussed along with the types of fees and stakeholders. Mr. Prasad ended the first session outlining the challenges associated with Hedge funds and the developing trends forecasted up until the year 2018.

The second session was about career opportunities in finance sector. He responded to the students’ queries and spoke to them about various roles like support (accounting), markets, operations (accounting/data crunching), analysis, strategy (visioning, conceptualization and planning), management, and other services like rating services. The students interacted with the speaker to understand the industry expectations and gaps in their learning. At the end of the talk, the session was closed with a sincere vote of thanks to the speaker, Mr. Prasad.