17 Dec 2019 18:43 IST

IIM Kozhikode plans PG programmes in Liberal Arts and Management

Also on anvil is an M.Sc in Finance

To overcome the increasingly multifaceted challenges in an ever-evolving business environment and to prepare the leaders of tomorrow,

IIM Kozhikode plans to usher in the new year with a slew of post graduate programmes to foster an energetic learning environment in the area of management. The Kerala-based B-school, which will soon be completing 23 years, will commence two new programmes - Masters in Business (MBA) in Liberal Studies and Master of Science in Finance (MSF), from the academic year 2020. This, the B-school says, is to overcome the increasingly multifaceted challenges in an ever-evolving business environment and to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

Announcing the launch of its MBA in Liberal Studies, Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode, said, “Management education draws heavily from scientific methods of fact-finding in controlled environments. The scientific method of teaching and learning alone is not sufficient for preparing future managers. This specialised progarmme is being introduced to prepare future managers by enabling them to acquire not only intelligence quotient, emotional quotient, cultural quotient but also the often overlooked, creative quotient.”

Currently, a large number of Liberal Arts and Social Science students are not part of the managerial workforce. This initiative at IIM Kozhikode endeavours to train these untapped assets into a skilled workforce of unlimited value, says its press release. Students will be selected through a specialised admission test and personal interviews. Aspirants with an undergraduate degree will be eligible to apply; however, their knowledge in Humanities & Social Science will be the determining factor. Companies related to media, entertainment, advertising, private academic institutions and non-governmental organisations shall be invited for in-campus recruitment for this programme.

IIMK has also announced the launch of a new Master of Science in Finance (MSF) programme in response to the demand of banking and financial services sector for candidates with specialist skills and expertise in finance. This two-year full-time programme is designed to meet the significant transformation in financial services brought out by technology and big data. The MSF programme is a specialised professional qualification with exclusive focus on financial theory and application compared to a traditional MBA, which provides a broad foundation of management topics, with an option of specialisation in finance. The online link for applying for this programme is now live on iimk.ac.in

Highlighting the uniqueness of this programme, which is not only a boost for young experienced BFSI professionals but also for fresh graduates interested in kick-staring their career in finance, Prof Chatterjee said, “This is an age of massive disruption in banking and finance. For us in IIMK this represents an opportunity to nurture high quality professionals to lead the sector.”

In addition to these programmes, the institute has also commenced:

(a) PhD in Management (Practice Track), for working executives, for the first time in India in the form of a practice track, where the executives can work towards a doctoral degree while remaining in their jobs.

(b) The introduction of the one-year full-time residential MBA in Business Leadership in December 2019 aims to systematically nurture and shape experienced minds into high potential leaders who are authentic, capable, multi-dimensional, and grounded in core values.

The latest batch of Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP 12) programme, accredited by the AMBA (Association of MBAs) since 2011, also recently registered its largest batch (369 candidates) this year. The Institute also bagged the top honour Elsevier Science Direct - Best Usage Growth Award in the category of all competing IIMs for the year 2018.

IIMK started in 1997 with a Postgraduate Programme (PGP). Today, it offers a Fellow Programme in Management, Executive PG Programmes, Management Development Programmes and Faculty Development Programmes. IIMK set up a satellite campus at Infopark, Kochi, in 2013 dedicated to executive education. The institute is also home to IIMK LIVE a first-of-its-kind startup incubation programme.