VGSOM in Top QS Ranks

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VGSOM ranked among India’s top 5 in QS 2019 Subject Ranking for Business and Management Studies

IITs which are typically renowned for technology-based education are now leaders in management education as well. This is evident from the QS Subject Ranking 2019 for Business & Management Studies, in which IITs have occupied 5 out of top 10 places. Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSoM), the business school of IIT Kharagpur which has recently completed its Silver Jubilee, has been ranked 4th among the business schools in India with exceptionally high Citations per Paper and H-index Citations scores.

The QS World University Rankings ranks the world’s top universities in individual subject areas, covering 48 subjects. The rankings aim to help prospective students identify the world’s leading schools in their chosen field in response to high demand for subject-level comparisons. The ranking data is compiled based on QS’s global surveys of academics and employers and research citations data sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus. The citations parameters which include Citations per Research Paper and H-index Citations show the impact of the research in that subject area and the relevance of the subject area.

VGSoM, which was seed funded by IIT Kharagpur alumnus Vinod Gupta, focuses in several multidisciplinary areas of research and development in the Institute as well as collaborative projects. The 25 faculty members of VGSoM publish on an average 75 papers case studies annually in peer-reviewed international journals on relevant areas of management studies which are widely cited. The School is backed by the interdisciplinary engineering, science and mathematics platforms of IIT Kharagpur which present a unique opportunity to its students to pursue electives in various subjects other than Management.

“Our students are mostly from an engineering background and their career path follows a direction more oriented towards technology management. Keeping in line with the industry needs, we have introduced many new electives in Business Analytics area. In fact, we have recently introduced a microcredit course in “personalization in retail” which caters to the changing scenario in e-commerce to a unique experience to individual consumers. Similarly, we have introduced another microcredit course on “alternative investment and portfolio management” complementing the strength of the school in financial analytics. The uniqueness of these courses is that these courses will be delivered completely by industry experts” said Prof. Prabina Rajib, Dean of Vinod Gupta School of Management.

Being part of IIT system, in addition to core management subjects, students of VGSoM undertake courses in other departments, centres and schools at IIT Kharagpur on emerging topics like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Internet of Things Cyber Security, Intellectual Property Rights. This sharpens their interdisciplinary knowledge and capability as efficient managers.

In the words of the School’s patron and alumnus Vinod Gupta (B.Tech./AG/1967), the MBA program is for students with their academic background in science and engineering an 3-4 years of experience in analytical thinking and decision-making. These attributes make the students of VGSOM stand out maintaining maintain the highest standard of managerial and leadership skills. “I sowed the seeds, with Prof. K L Chopra taking the initiative of setting up the School, the Government of India matching the seed grant and later directors of IIT KGP nurturing it to grow it into a beautiful tree,” he said.

The quality of the students is manifest in a large number of awards won by VGSoM students in competitions organised by reputed management schools and organisations all over the country. With a batch of 120 students graduating every year, VGSoM receives many more offers than what is required to secure 100% placement. The School continues to secure a good number of offers in Operations, Consulting, Analytics, Sales & Marketing and Financial domains.

In addition to its flagship MBA program, another popular program at VGSoM is Financial Engineering which the School offers to Dual Degree B.Tech. and M.Tech. students who aim for a career in finance domain. The School is also part of the multi-institutional Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) offered jointly by IIT Kharagpur, IIM Calcutta and Indian Statistical Institute, wherein the and faculty from VGSoM will engage with the technology aspects of analytics.

By Shreyoshi Ghosh

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