Alliance University: Enhancing Employability through Knowledge Creation

Dr. Madhukar Angur,ChancellorIn the mid 2000s, when one of the early batches of Alliance Business School graduates were preparing to face the career deciding moment of placement interviews, the Placement officer rushed into the cabin of Dr. Madhukar Angur, founder of Alliance University, with a list of 12 students who cracked theOracle aptitude test, one of the toughest tests of the decade. The placement officer also requested Dr. Angurto make the students ready for the final interviews, which would happen within the week. It was a tough task intrying times for Dr. Angur as he was shuttling between India and the U.S. in pursuit of finding the best faculty who can teach at his newly established Alliance Business School. Dr. Angur still remembers those days as he says,“As a teacher you cannot make anyone subject matter experts within a week. Indeed, they were all thorough with the management theories. The only thing I needed do was boost their self-efficacy and to achieve that I had to train them like a coach rather than teacher.” The restis history as 9 out of 12 students returned to the institute with Oracle’s offer letter in hand.

From a standalone business school that was established in the year 2002, Alliance has grown into a massive university that houses over 5,500 students in six fully fledged academic units; School of Business,College of Engineering and Design, School of Law, Ascent College, Department of Continuing Education and Department of Performing Arts. While, the university has plans to expand further by establishing many more academic departments such as College of Arts and
Humanities, College of Science, College of Medicine and Dentistry, College of Education and Human Services, School of Health Sciences and College of Media Communication, the uncompromised quality in education makes them one of the best universities in India.

With over 1500years of collective teaching experience, the faculty group at Alliance School of Business is one best in the country for management education

“Academic rigor and relevance are the two major components of any professional education. The core strength of Alliance University lies in its intellectual capital of highly accomplished faculty and strong interface between industry practitioners and student bodies,” reveals Dr. Angur. With two active cells named Centre for Industry Interaction (CII) and Career Advancement and Networking (CAN), the university provides ample opportunities for the students starting from paid internships to 100 percent placement assistance. In the School of Business alone, Alliance University has more than 220 firms providing internship opportunities and among them 52 percentage are paid internships. While, the highest stipend offered is Rs.75,000 per month, last year’s average stipend was Rs.22,500 which is above the average salary package for fresh MBA graduate gets in the country after gaining the degree.

As a result of such extra-ordinary efforts from the management to tie-up with industry bodies, the placements are always high at Alliance University. With more than 94 percent eligible candidates securing a job from the campus, the university witnessed more than 275 recruiters providing over 1800 opportunities during the 2015 placement season where 41 percent were new recruiters and 20
percent were fortune 500 companies. Along with that, nearly 20 percent of the total recruiters visited the campus for more than once in search of more Alliance University talents.“Weare not necessarily making students ready for the market, but we are making them ready for their career.How ever, as a university our major focus is on knowledge creation and dissemination by strengthening our research activities,”says Dr.Angur.

With over 1500 years of collective teaching experience, the faculty group at Alliance School of Business is one best in the country for management education. Besides playing an instrumental role in developing a forward looking and contemporary curriculum, the faculty members of Alliance strive constantly to bring innovation in the learning process and support founder’s vision of knowledge creation. In addition to that, the university runs Doctoral Program at the Alliance School of Business to develop world class researchers whose work will stand up to peer review at the highest levels. With more than 50 PhD holders, the faculty members have already published more than 430 Research papers and authored 100+ management books.

The university further enriches the intellectual capital through more than 45 international university linkages and provides students an opportunity to study at internationally-renowned, accredited partner universities while gaining an in-depth exposure to a different study environment. Hence, alumni members of Alliance University can be seen at more than 45 countries today. “I do not look at Alliance University as a regional player ora national player. With right kind of people on the board delivering quality education to the students, in the next 10 years, we will become an international player,” confidently concludes Dr. Angur, who wants Alliance University and other Indian Universities to mark their presence in the global higher education arena and make our country a hub of higher education in the near future.