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Like corporate executives, bureaucrats too can now do MBA from ISB without skipping work

Education NewsIn a first such initiative, the Centre has tied up with ISB for a one-year management programme in public policy, to be launched from April 2015, which civil servants and IPS officers can attend through short-term residences lasting just a month in all over the year. This will allow the officers to undertake the programme while continuing with their jobs.

ISB runs a similar MBA programme for senior private executives who have demanding work schedules and high level of responsibilities at work. The 15-month programme requires executives to attend a week-long classroom learning every sixth week at ISB campus that entails teaching on all seven days, allowing them to study without quitting their full-time jobs.

The business school has tailored a new course on similar lines for the government, which will not have to spare its officers for a full year, especially “when the selected officers are holding important positions or organizations are facing shortage of officers”, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in a October 27 circular.

The programme has been structured in a manner that the officers will be required to attend even shorter residencies than the private sector executives. “The course is proposed to be delivered through a hybrid model with short-term residencies coupled with online and Internet mediated training. Unlike other long-term programmes, the programme is structured with minimum relocation of officers from their workplaces, allowing them to continue with their current assignment during duration of the course,” the circular said.

The officers will have to travel to ISB campus in Hyderabad only six times for five days each during the year-long course, which will include intensive classroom sessions on all such days while the rest of the course will be through online teaching and an e-learning module, according to the DoPT. The entire cost of the course, nearly Rs 13 lakh, and cost of the officers’ travel to Hyderabad will be borne by the government, which will treat the officers as “being on duty” for purpose of pay and allowances.

ISB is ranked 36 in Financial Times’ global MBA rankings and some of the international institutions associated with it include London Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Source: The Economic Times

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