TOP 5 Factors to be considered while choosing a Good Institute

How to Gauge an MBA/PGDM Institute

There are several factors to look for when gauging an MBA program's credibility. The Top 5 include:
1. Curriculum:
Curriculum is a systematic and intended packaging of competencies (i.e. knowledge, skills and attitudes that are underpinned by values) that learners should acquire through organised learning experiences both in formal and non-formal settings. Good curriculum plays an important role in forging life-long learning competencies, as well as social attitudes and skills, such as tolerance and respect, constructive management of diversity, peaceful conflict management, promotion and respect of Human Rights, gender equality, justice and inclusiveness. At the same time, curriculum contributes to the development of thinking skills and the acquisition of relevant knowledge that learners need to apply in the context of their studies, daily life and careers. Curriculum is also increasingly called upon to support the learner’s personal development by contributing to enhancing their self-respect and confidence, motivation and aspirations.

2. Quality of the faculty:
Your faculty or instructor will be the guide for your educational success. The type of faculty also is important (Local, National, International, Conventional, Industrial, Spiritual, Celebrity etc.,) if you're looking to use your MBA program as a big networking session because you'll be interfacing with professors on a regular basis coming from different backgrounds, cultures and countries and have an easy excuse to pick their brain and build relationships. You should choose institutes with diversification in their faculty.

3. Teaching Methodology/Pedagogy:
While MBA needs to evolve to keep pace with the changing environment, the goals to a large extent remain the same – to create future business leaders. The focus of pedagogy is to create strong self-belief in the students. This self-belief enables them to solve complex problems using their experience and knowledge, most importantly to “get the job done”. The pedagogy also needs to create more “market ready” entrepreneurs, leaders and managers. Institutes which are Research Focused and follow Live Case Studies are suggested.

4. Learning Environment:
An educational building is an expensive long-term resource. The design of its individual spaces needs to be:

  • Flexible – to accommodate both current and evolving pedagogies
  • Future-proofed – to enable space to be re-allocated and reconfigured
  • Bold – to look beyond tried and tested technologies and pedagogies
  • Creative – to energise and inspire learners and tutors
  • Supportive – to develop the potential of all learners
  • Enterprising – to make each space capable of supporting different purposes. A learning space should be able to motivate learners and promote learning as an activity, support collaborative as well as formal practice, provide a personalised and inclusive environment, and be flexible in the face of changing needs. The part technology plays in achieving these aims is vital now a days.

5. Information and Communication Technologies:
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have opened up endless possibilities of access to information and knowledge, and have become a powerful tool in the hands of learners and educators around the world.

  • Appropriate and effective application of state-of-the-art ICTs can bring a lot of benefits to education related practically, to all fields of learning and teaching activities including efficient social interaction between teachers, students and parents, as well as to the administration and management procedures having a positive impact on the quality of education on the whole. 
  • Both learning and teaching are qualitatively different with regard to the use of advanced ICTs. The education process becomes significantly richer when students have access to new types of information and knowledge, and when they can complete experiments and manipulate virtual labs in ways never before possible, as well as share their learning experience, results and conclusions through social media with their classmates, their teachers, and other students practically around the world.