Business Analytics Program Ranked 2nd in QS Asia

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) jointly offered by IIT Kharagpur, IIM  Calcutta and Indian Statistical Institute has been ranked as top in India and 2nd in Asia by QS in the category business analytics courses. The course has been ranked 14th globally in the category.

PGDBA is a two-year full-time residential diploma programme aimed at creating business analytics professionals employable by leading Indian and foreign firms. This programme is designed for those who have an analytical mindset, are interested in tackling challenging business problems, and possess an inclination towards mathematics.

“This programme is designed for those who have an analytical mindset, are interested in tackling challenging business problems, and possess an inclination towards mathematics. It aims to help shape the emerging profession of business analytics by delivering a cutting-edge interdisciplinary educational experience to graduate applicants with an aspiration of building a career in this field” said Prof. P K Das, Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Research at IIT Kharagpur.

The programme which was launched in 2015 also witnessed resounding success in placements in 2018 with a 26% rise in mean salary (international inclusive). The industries recruiting these Business Analytics professionals are spread across BFSI, Consulting, Healthcare, Telecom and FMCG with BFSI in a variety of roles spanning Sr. Data Scientist, Machine Learning Scientist, Associate – Strategy Analytics, Manager – Advanced Analytics and Risk Analyst.

Students will visit the three institutions – Indian Statistical Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Each of the three institutes will focus on a separate area of business analytics, in accordance with its expertise and competence.  At IIT KGP, Vinod Gupta School of Management is coordinating this program with faculty members of the School along with those from the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Dept. of Mathematics and Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship involved in teaching various subjects. The students are also required to do an internship of six months duration on an analytics project in a business organization.

“While coursework at IIM Calcutta focuses on the application of analytics in functional areas, Indian Statistical Institute brings to the table its expertise in statistical and machine learning theories for analytics, and faculty at IIT Kharagpur engages with the technology aspects of analytics in addition to offering electives in management domain with focus on application of analytics in functional areas,” said Prof. Prabina Rajib, Dean, Vinod Gupta School of Management.

The program is unique in its collaborative approach with India’s three top institutions with admission, placement (both internship and final) processes jointly by all three institutes. “This shows how collaboration between the best can really make a top-notch programme,” remarked Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director IIT Kharagpur

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By Shreyoshi Ghosh

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