Female students line up at elite Hyderabad business school

The emerging trend of women storming what was hitherto considered as male bastions continues to gain ground.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Sun 24 Jun 2012, 9:13 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:45 AM

Breaking tradition, a significantly large number of women candidates have made it to the Indian School of Business (ISB), ranked 20th globally among management institutions.

The Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), being offered by ISB from its campuses at Hyderabad and Mohali, has 216 women students in the current batch out of a united strength of 767, accounting for 28 per cent of the class, making it one of the highest in the country.

“This is an outcome of ISB’s commitment to encourage gender diversity in the classroom which in turn increases representation of women in business leadership. The resolve is strengthened by the exceptional performance of its women alumni, who are making their mark in the business world,” ISB Dean Ajit Rangnekar said.

About 230 students from 11 countries comprising international passport holders, NRIs and those with international work experience, bring in global perspective and cultural diversity into the classroom, Rangnekar said.

The Class of 2013 also has 63 students who come from family-run businesses as well as those who are first generation entrepreneurs.

Over the last three years, around 20 ventures have been incubated at the school. In addition, over 200 alumni have set up their own ventures.

There has been a steady increase in the number of students hailing from Tier 2 and 3 cities joining the ISB over the years, up to 203 in the Class of 2013.

Special scholarships for women from small towns combined with need and merit based scholarships for all have been instrumental in attracting students from these cities, the Dean said.

“With the addition of our new campus in Mohali, we are delighted to make world-class business education accessible to many more deserving students. We believe that the Class of 2013 will make the best use of their year at ISB, to hone their management skills and take their first step towards becoming future business leaders,” he said.

Like all its preceding classes, the Class of 2013 comprises high performers from diverse backgrounds — professional, educational, geographical, ethnic, cultural and social.

The average work experience of the class is five years, and the average age is 27 years. The average GMAT score at 710 is comparable to some of the top global B-schools. - news@khaleejtimes.com

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