The MBA Program offered under The Department of Industrial & Management Engineering (IME), IIT Kanpur is kind of a unique in its own sense in various aspects and perspectives. Since inception, it has gone through many changes and up gradation depending on changing needs of the society and industries but always keeping in mind the ultimate vision of “Transforming today's professionals in technology into tomorrow's world class leaders”. With the tremendous help of faculties of top-notch qualifications & backgrounds, the emphasis of MBA at IIT Kanpur is to nurture the leaders who dare to unlearn and relearn in the dynamic world of business". Following are some of the new changes that took place this year (2015) only to keep the program more industry friendly and to keep track with the changing needs of time.
i. Batch Profile: Complete batch comprises of engineers with a very decent average work experience. Now, the next year onward IIT-Kanpur has decided to open the gate to non engineering background students (With Math/Stats/Eco as bachelors’ subjects) too. Considering this IIT-K is going to be the first IIT in this country to take such an effective decision.
ii. Ever Evolving Curriculum: After taking into consideration the feedback from industry and ex students, the curriculum of IIT-K MBA has again completely re structured, laying more focus on electives rather than compulsory courses. This year onward students will have only 7 must compulsory subjects. Rest all of them they can choose from the entire pool of electives offered. Students are now free enough to design their own curriculum keeping in mind their ultimate aim and target industry.
iii. The half credit courses introduced from this year only side by side the full credit ones are undoubtedly the special USP of IIT-K MBA, giving the ultimate advantage to study and learn according to ones wishes. Students can now enhance the number of subjects taken by designing the entire course as per their flexible wish.
iv. Real Life Project Opportunities: The cap stone project of final semester, containing 50% weightage of the entire semester gives the students a real life business scenario to analyze and come up with optimum solution. This live project taken mostly from industries is another important part which the students should compulsorily carry out thus giving them an industry based real life challenge.
v. The overall MBA Curriculum of IIT Kanpur has been designed keeping in mind the importance of field based project works more rather than solely concentrating on classroom studies. Because IIT-K believes that without making ones hands dirty with real life scenarios one can’t become that successful manager. IIT-Kanpur believes that, nurturing the budding managers in actual case based live scenario would give them more understating of the critical business concepts. First semester onward students need to go through live projects, collecting data, analyzing them and finally reaching the conclusion to take decision upon.