Dayananda Sagar University: MBA & Executive MBA Program: Quality Education for All!

Prof. A. Nagaraj Rao,Dean and Professor

Prof. A. Nagaraj Rao

Dean and Professor

India is a major player in the global higher education industry and sports one of the largest education networks with world-class educational infrastructure and institutes. In recent years there has been a paradigm shift away from affiliate colleges to more autonomous universities in the private space that is regulated by state governments.

Management education in contrast to the sciences, arts and engineering is a more recent phenomenon but has enormously impacted business and industry with the establishment of brilliant universities. Illustrious students graduating from B-schools and armed with MBA degrees have transformed industry to what it is today. The business of B-schools is not just to prepare students for today's industry requirements, but to be better suited for future needs.

Dayananda Sagar University, Bengaluru created by an Act of the Karnataka State in 2014 is a proud member of the Dayananda Sagar Institutions group founded in the early sixties. Dayananda Sagar University is a young university with an old legacy and established with a great vision in providing quality education for all. The university has schools in medicine, engineering, management, basic sciences, journalism and, many more. The whole ethos of the business school rests on the curriculum and highly skilled faculty.

The high-calibre teaching staffs are from the IITs, IIMs, MIT, SDA Bocconi, and other premium institutions of repute. The curriculum provided by the university is contemporary and specializes in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, IT and Systems Management along with more established fields of study such as Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and an extremely progressive program in Entrepreneurship.

The university stays connected with the industry and the curriculum is revised frequently. Besides academics, the B-School is cognizant of hands-on skills required and has provides courses like Fundamentals of Data Visualization with Tableau, Project Management, and Communication in the 21st century. Also, the university has collaborated with organizations like IBM and offers sponsored courses in Business Analytics, Data Science, Blockchain, IoT, IBM Watson, and Cybersecurity. The university plans to put the students through at least 10 to 12 of these skill-based workshops, making them employable and by the time they exit with their MBA degree.

The students are given an extremely friendly academic environment with well-equipped lecture rooms, laboratories, library and computer networking facilities. DSU has exceptional infrastructure for students who possess a passion for sports and games. The hostel facilities, encompassing
cultural and recreational needs, cater to both local and international students. Further, for the welfare and security of the students, the university has multiple grievance bodies such as the drug and alcohol committee, anti-ragging committee, and sexual harassment committee.

"When talking about helping the student, we run a Gestalt Test and a Graded Profile Assessment Test (GPAT), as soon as a student takes admission. The student is put through an assessment to understand their learning styles, cognitive ability, IQ level, and memory acumen are recorded. The students are of course free to make their career choice, but we give them a lot of information and assist them in making a career choice based on aptitude and interest. We also have an interesting program called ICAT (Industry and Culture Appreciation tour), where students are sponsored to go foreign country for about a week, visit industry and a university to understand the culture and work practices of that nation. It is a major program that we have in to allow students to appreciate global forces and culture," says Prof. A. Nagaraj Rao.

The university has schools in medicine, engineering, management, basic sciences, journalism and many more

Facilitating students with the Best-in-Class Curriculum and Pedagogy
Across industries, COVID-19 has permanently altered the way the world does business. To equip students to thrive in this new environment the University has come up with a program called the Distinguished Speaker Series. The B-School invites thought leaders from across the world to speak to the students and make them cognizant of the latest technologies, business practices and opportunities. It is a great learning opportunity away from the textbook and the normal academic discourse. The pedagogy at DSU, MBA program is case-study based which is very distinctive and unique approach, where the professor and students collaborate in trying to find a solution to a business problem. A particular business problem is discussed in great details allowing the students to sharpen their cognitive skills and decision-making ability. It is a collaborative approach unlike a mundane lecture and the students get to deal with real-life business problems under the mentorship of a professor.

The Dean goes on to add that, the B-School is cognizant of the fact that a young person needs to be well-groomed and have good life skills. To achieve this the students are put through Project Roshni, where a skilled faculty and coach takes the student through a journey of self-reflection and learning making them well-adjusted individuals.

The Executive Education wing of the school provides brilliant Executive MBA programs for working professionals. Dayananda Sagar University has an intake of about 600 students in a year which reflects the popularity of the program in Bengaluru. "I don't think anybody gets more students than we do from the best organizations in the world who want to come and study for an Executive MBA program. We are represented by employees from over 400 companies, many being marquee organizations like Accenture, Amazon, Airbus, American Express, TCS, KPMG, Deloitte, Buhler, Cargill, BOSCH, Credit Suisse, HDFC Bank, HP, IBM, INFOSYS, ITC, Microsoft, Oracle, Pfizer, SAP, TCS, TVS Motors, Vodafone, and many more. A sizeable number of our students who come to the Executive MBA program have senior positions in industry, so we are associated with some of the top companies in this part of the world" concludes Prof A. Nagaraj Rao.

Key Management:
Prof.(Capt.) A. Nagaraj Rao is Dean and Professor of Strategy, Leadership and Organization Theory. He is a Master Mariner and commanded state of the art ships for over a decade. He has a management qualification from the University of Illinois (UC), USA.

AI, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, HRM, IT & Systems, Marketing, Operations, Product Management, Supply Chain Management

Location: Dayananda Sagar University - School of Commerce and Management Studies, Innovation Campus, Hosur Road, Bengaluru