One of the most obvious challenges that B-School graduates face today is the lack of the necessary skill set. Meeting the corporates’ demand for excellent talent in the changing business environment has made it challenging for any B-school to deliver. But not for GL Bajaj Institute of Management and Research (GLBIMR). GLBMIR deftly identifies the future requirements of the business world and nurtures talents that can meet those. “A future manager cannot just be a dynamic corporate leader. They should also be a responsible citizen and a powerful member of society. At GLBIMR, we emphasize on the all-round development of everyone that walks in through our gates,” says Dr. Ajay Kumar, Director, GLBIMR.
In 1997, several philanthropic creative thinkers and scholars banded together to establish the GL Bajaj Group. The main aim of the Group was to impart value-based education in a thought-provoking and novel milieu, that would ensure the overall development of its students. It is under this umbrella that the GL Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, in 2007, embarked on the journey to promote higher education in NCR. GLBIMR draws inspiration from late Shri Ganeshi Lal Bajaj. Donning various hats like freedom-fighter, philanthropist, and dedicated social worker, Ganeshi Lal was a multifarious personality, revered for his benevolence and penchant for hard work. As GLBIMRenters into its thirteenth year of establishment, the institute is quite proud of its excellent academic activities and stellar track record of proffering exemplary education to future managers for the past decade.
Periodical Pedagogical Tweaks
Currently, GLBIMR offers AICTE-approved PGDM courses. GLBIMR consistently brings about changes in the curriculum and adds innovative practices based on the present requirements of the corporate sector. “To ensure industry-ready and ethically competent managers, the curriculum is revised annually with relevant inputs from the industry, alumni, and external experts from academic institutions and industry.
GLBIMIR’s innovative curriculum features many domain concentrations that enable students to get in-depth exposure to a vertical or sector. These concentrations consist of both regular courses taught by in-house faculty and workshop courses taught by industry practitioners,” adds the Director. GLBIMR also ensures constant guidance and monitoring of the growth of the student through a strong mentor-mentee relationship. An individual faculty member is identified right from the start of the course as the faculty mentor of the student who, through a process of constant communication and personal interaction, will ensure the transformation of the student to a budding executive by establishing a dynamic relationship. For Summer Internship and Dissertation, students may have different mentors belonging to his/her areas of specialization. In respect of the Summer Internship and Dissertation, the student shall also have an Industry Mentor from the organization they join.
Thanks to the innovative and stimulating pedagogical tweaks and the hugely qualified faculty of 32 members, of which more than half are Ph.D. holders, ensure that the students are fit to face any challenges that come their way. A strong testimony to the efficacious pedagogy is the sheer number of corporate giants like Byjus, Flipkart, HUL, ICICI, Bata, Decathlon, American Express, HDFC Bank; Ashiana Housing Ltd.; Mansukh securities, Oyo, and ITC that flock around GLBIMR during the recruitment season.
Not Just Books and Blackboards
Apart from the usual group discussions, assignments, and live projects that are customary of every B-School, GLBIMR also ensures corporate mentoring, management games, role plays, formative online quizzes, mini-projects, Open-Book class tests, experiential learning/exercises, classroom lectures delivery through audio-visual aids, team presentations, and video cases and case study analysis. It is also worth noting that the institute has designed the WEBSIM software that facilitates students to go through their course material like PPTs, Videos lectures (Impartus) articles, etc.
Furthermore, GLBIMR hosts Ted Talks and technical skills development sessions. One important aspect of the pedagogical innovation adopted at the institute is Rolling Assignment, where students are given a particular organization as a case and they are required to collect relevant information (as suggested by the faculty) about the organization that related to the management topics and units being covered in the class.
Along the same lines, GLBIMR also encourages Think-pair-share (TPS), a collaborative learning strategy wherein students work together to solve a problem or answer a question about an assigned reading. This strategy requires students to think individually about a topic or answer to a question and share ideas with classmates. The ensuing discussions maximize participation and engage students in comprehending the reading material. Moreover, the students, to get the make and feel of the market, are sent to various markets in groups to conduct a variety of primary surveys related to their subjects. This has been adopted to give them practical exposure to the market as well as inculcate research interest among the students.
Close Industry Networks
It is because of these initiatives that GLBIMR can preserve close relationships with the industry. These fortuitous industry affiliations have greatly helped the institute. For instance, earlier this year, in June, GLBIMR was named “Best Industry
Interface Institute 2019” by Integrated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). Moving forward GLBIMRs future Strategic Plan 2020-2022 identifies the following broad targets- like Research Conclave February 2020; International Conference, Global Management Day, and Media Conclave, etc. GLBIMR will also work for international collaborations and
global accreditations like AACSB, AMBA, etc that will facilitate student/faculty-exchange programs and joint-degree programs with foreign Institutes/Universities. Given the track record of GL Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, Greater Noida, it is no wonder that GLBIMR is already a synonym for quality management education in India.
- Corporate Interface Series
Under CIS every student will be provided with the opportunity to attend prestigious corporate events organized by professional bodies like AIMA, ASSOCHAM, FICCI, CII, NIESBUD, PHDCCI. After the events, the students must submit a brief report of the event to the CIS chairperson, which is then evaluated with the help of faculty members. The evaluation criteria are based on report format, content, report language, student’s behavior, level of interactions, and presentation. The best reports are then selected from each event. Based on the overall ranking, the top students are awarded as a star of the
- Global Talk Series Global Talk Series provides global exposure to the students by showcasing key business and management practices. One such session was held in September 2019, on Entrepreneurship. Mr. Naveen Pathak, Senior Partner, Entry India LLC, USA presided over the session. Similarly, in August 2019, Dr. H G. Parsa, Professor, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Colorado, took a session on Pricing strategies; Mr. Ashish Patel, Director Morgan Franklin Consulting, McLean, VA, USA had delivered a 1-week lecture session on Strategic Management in February and September 2019; and Dr. Philippe Bouvier, Lyon, an international academician of repute from University of France on February 2019 have also given shared their experiences with the GLBIMR students.
- Global Linkage Program
GLP program arms the PGDM students with the global best practices and shapes them to be managers with an international outlook. Under this program, GLBIMR has signed an MoU with Cengage for ED2GO online courses in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington, where the students will get an opportunity to study courses on Data Analytics, Digital marketing, etc. with the renowned International University.