MBA

Why alternative MBA is gaining popularity replacing a regular MBA

di Deepak Goel

(Excerpts-as published in ToI’s Education Times front page article)

The higher education landscape has been transforming due to the changing market dynamics. The nationwide lockdown wreaked havoc with everything coming to a halt, resulting in reimagining the way education is being delivered across the globe. There is a widespread transition in specialized learning programs that are gaining popularity in the digital era. According to the estimates, more than 1.2 billion students are out of the classroom that means they are getting many opportunities to respond and adapt to the evolving digital era. This has led to a surge in the usage of technology in the educational sector but has become a mandate for professionals to bolster their skills.

 

Digital media as an integral channel

COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously increased the dependency on technology and digital media due to social distancing and travel restrictions. From bringing individuals together to strengthening business reach, digital media emerged as an integral channel to survive in the market. Furthermore, the sudden acceleration in automation in banking and finance, telecom, and healthcare sectors has increased the adoption of new-age technologies to maintain accuracy in processes.

With endless opportunities in customer risk management, fraud detection and improved efficiency, the industry is changing and reshaping the higher education landscape.

“Relevance of MBA in digital social media focusing on digital marketing, data sciences, artificial intelligence and machine learning has increased”.

 

Growth of technology

With the exponential growth in data sciences and new-age technologies, there is a widespread adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) that is recognized as a significant growth factor in shaping the digital economy. IoT is leading on many fronts so that many students and professionals are identifying programs for upskilling and taking up challenging roles from a career perspective.

In India, it is anticipated that digital social media, data science, and IoT will change the education landscape. This has resulted in the demand for comprehensive and advanced programs such as alternative MBA, which help the learners acquire a strong skillset.

 

Rise of an alternative MBA

Amid the uncertainties and the guidelines of New Education Policy (NEP2020), students enrolling for MBAs and B-schools are now skeptical of the institutions’ commitments to provide desired placement assistance. On the other hand, B-schools have cut their trimester and course duration to manage the completion of the curriculum online. That means there is a reduction in knowledge that could not be beneficial for students eventually.

Today, every business sector is remodeling its operation as per the changing consumer perceptions and behavior.

To deal with the present market dynamics, companies are preferring to hire candidates based on knowledge and exposure than qualification. 

 

They are looking for ‘profession ready’ students.

This has encouraged alternative MBAs to replace traditional MBA degree programs as students no longer find it useful to stick to such courses just for the sake of obtaining degrees. Additionally, the young working professionals seeking to hone their skills to acquire a better or new job role in their organization are also considering alternative MBA programs along with their job to update and upskill in digital social media, digital marketing, data science and IoT.

As per the newly proposed National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, under the four-year program, students can exit after one year with a certificate, after two years with a diploma, and after three years with a bachelor’s degree.

 

Thus, alternative MBAs have become a lucrative option with tremendous scope in areas such as digital social media, data sciences, and IoT.

Happy Learning and Growing

Deepak Goel 

Co-Founder –iMET Global

PS: 

Looking at the this development in higher education and Covid crisis, UET has Signed MoU with iMET Global as strategic knowledge partner for Europe and Indian subcontinent regions for Digital Social Media & IoT programs 

iMET Global is an India based( Section 8-a not for profit) new age skill building foundation- known for its expertise in delivering skills related to Digital Social Media , IoT , Big Data and Analytics.