Drawbacks of management education in India

90% of all the management students that I met claimed that they are doing a management course because they felt, a management degree can improve their career, no one said “i am joining, so as to learn business”

MBA has a word administration, which I feel neither students nor management institute gives much importance to.

The system of management education needs to be changed in our country.

I feel this is completely wrong approach to management education in our country; they develop manager donkeys.

My professor during my management programme use to quote “none of you donkeys will need to wear a suit, as the only thing that you would be doing is taking your bosses lap top and going where he asks you to go”

Our marketing classes do not give importance to number crunching, where as, numbers are the most important facts as far as marketing is concerned. Facts, figures, percentage, profit margin, debt equity ratio, net ROI, weights, graphs, compare evaluation, actual sales, etc. How many of you in marketing have actually thought you need to be through with these skills, and believe me that’s the reason why MBA in marketing is considered more on to a glorified sales man job, you cannot become a good marketer unless you can crack the number game.

Most students join marketing thinking that it’s the easiest to clear exams, however, this not true if you are in IIM and similar.

Similarly with HR, most of them think HR is a feminine subject in MBA and leaving few women who are extremely successful with HR, most of them are doing HR jobs to send birthday reminders to colleagues of their firm.

HR involves performance evaluation, number game, legalities, labor laws, crisis management, corporate communications, negotiation and strategy. HR form the most important function of management, however, in most management institutes HR is neither given nor getting the value that it should be getting, as a business man what I found is that HR, is the most important function of business and well as management, the game is all about managing your resources, the most important among them being human resource.

I being a business man have understood the importance and value of HR. and sad no one is actually very keen to take up HR as a serious career.

Finance, operations and others can actually be done by computers; it’s the marketing skills of yours that can come to help to have a great career in finance.

Do keep a track of all your alumni and what they do, it’s very important to shape your career.

Catch my next article on business networking.

Published by Hisham Kabir

Hisham is an MBA from MET, Mumbai and an alumnus of Symbiosis Institute Of Business Management, Pune, with a Management Deveoplemt Programme (MDP) on Sales Management from The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, have worked with public relations division of Uniliver in Mumbai handling brands like Surf, Rin & Sunlight detergents. Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Ideal Caterers (family business established in year 1984) a leading outdoor caterer in Kochi and having services in Trivandrum and Kottayam. Hisham is the first Entrepreneur to successfully incubate out from CIFT Business Incubation Cell (A Govt Of India Enterprise) Hisham have ventured into food processing sector by launching a ready to cook curry paste with brand name "Freedom Kitchen" using technology from DFRL (Defence Food Research Laboratory in Mysore) with a vision to change the way indian domestic kitchen would operate. All aspects of brand design & development for the brand "freedom kitchen" from concept, brand naming, colour selection,brand story, Barcode GS1 formalities, to copyright to vertical package designing and print development was independently handled by him. Hisham was key accounts executive at Kerala's leading advertising agency stark communications. An avid automobile enthusiast with a passion for advertising, have conducted an exhibition on the world’s most celebrated advertising campaign titled the History of Volkswagen Beetle ads, at the Durbar Halls Arts Gallery in Ernakulam and at MET Campus Mumbai. He is also a guest faculty at various management institutes in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He talks on entrepreneurship, advertising strategies, and business management. He has given guest talk to management students at Rajagiri Institute Of Management, Amrita Business School, Coimbatore, MET Mumbai, TKM Institute of Management, to name a few.

One thought on “Drawbacks of management education in India

  1. I fully agree with your take on HR. Very few understand the contribution that HR can make in organisation development. And this fact is true even with the business promoters/ top management. The firm I used to work with earlier on, mostly saw HR as a dept to track leaves and process the payroll! And if one has the capability to listen to the genuine woes of his colleagues without the authority to do anything about it (read: be a punchbag) then that is seen as an added advantage!

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