Interview with SIBM Hyderabad Director Dr Ravi Kumar Jain “We design every aspect of MBA programme”

Wednesday, October 11 2017
SIBM Hyderabad Director
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM-H), one of the youngest yet leading B-schools in India has positioned itself as a preferred destination for students aspiring to become a seasoned Business Management Professional
“We look at the management program as more of a ‘management training program’ rather than an ‘academic degree program’. This orientation guides us to design every aspect of the program” Dr Ravi Kumar Jain, Director SIBM Hyderabad

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad (SIBM-H), one of the youngest yet leading B-schools in India has positioned itself as a preferred destination for students aspiring to become a seasoned Business Management Professional. Pursuing MBA at SIBM Hyderabad gets you the right academic environment to learn management in a competitive conducive and a contemplative setting at the campus to become industry ready to shoulder the leadership roles.

SIBM Hyderabad started its operations in 2014 under the aegis of Symbiosis International University, Pune. The B-school is situated amidst the upcoming Educational Hub and in the vicinity of Industrial Corridor in a 40 acre Campus at Mamidpally, Ranga Reddy District, Telangana. It is a 30 minute drive from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.

The admission process at SIBM Hyderabad is open now and the mandatory entrance test for admission to 2 years MBA 2018-20 is SNAP 2017 which is going to be held on December 17. took the opportunity to have an interview on the various aspects of MBA programme at SIBM Hyderabad with its director Dr Ravi Kumar Jain. An Accomplished Teacher, Trainer, Prolific Researcher and an Able Academic Administrator, Dr. Jain is a Doctorate in Business Management with Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and PGD in ICT management. He has rich experience of more than 17 years in the area of family business management, teaching and training, research & consulting and academic administration.

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Dr Jain is the founding Director of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad Campus. He has more than 100 international and national publications to his credit. He has conducted executive training programs at various organizations including Indian railways, Canara Bank, SBI, IDBI, Corporation banks & several other banks and IT services companies, Indian armed forces. He is an expert trainer in case method teaching and is a resource person for several AICTE sponsored faculty training program at various universities including Hyderabad central University.

Dr. Jain is presently serving on board of directors as Vice President of Asia Pacific Decision Sciences Institution Division, headquartered in Huston, U.S.A (2017-19).
Talking to in regard to the vision and distinctive features of MBA at SIBM Hyderabad, Dr Ravi Kumar Jain, Director, SIBM Hyderabad shares the Institute USPs, Placements, selection process, admission criteria to MBA 2018-20 programme. Below are given the excerpts of the interview  

Please share USPs of management programs offered at SIBM Hyderabad. How the MBA at SIBM Hyderabad is different from other B-schools?
SIBM Hyderabad offers a two year fully residential MBA program. We look at the management program as more of a ‘management training program’ rather than an ‘academic degree program’ and this orientation guides us to design every aspect of the program with a clear focus on all round development of our students.

Student driven programme
The culture that we have developed on the campus is totally student-centric, meaning students decide what they want to do, how they want to do and when they want to do. Therefore, apart from a standard business school curriculum, we have introduced few components that take care of all-round development of students and promote greater student centricity in their day-to-day curricular and co/extra curricular activities. The curriculum is inclusive with interwoven co-curricular and extracurricular activities from special workshops or field based training to self-learning module, where the students actually engage in activities by themselves. They plan everything, they conceptualize ideas and execute them. Being a fully residential campus, the student activities happen virtually 24X7. So, we see a lot of activities championed by students which help them in learning and applying management theories and models.

‘Learn as you Do and Do as you Learn’
Our role as administrators is to provide the necessary infrastructure, resources, and facilities to enable them to work and execute on their plans. As far as curriculum delivery is concerned, we have chosen learner centric activity-based learning with a bouquet of world class pedagogical tools and techniques powered by business case studies from Harvard and Ivey league B-schools, movie based sessions, book reviews, survival games, role plays, simulations, live market labs, event management, etc. to name a few. ‘Learn as you Do and Do as you Learn’ is the central theme of imparting management education at SIBM-Hyderabad.

Student engagement
Apart from these, we have a concept called "shramdaan" where our students engage in a lot of outreach programs. Again, the students decide, design and execute all these programs where they connect with the nearby villages and rural area. Whether it is learning social marketing, community marketing or rural marketing by going into villages or helping the villagers to overcome certain challenges in their business, education or in terms of their overall well-being. For example, improvising sanitation facilities, work on conserving water resources and promote green initiatives.

Students have engaged in a green initiative called ‘Haritha Haram’, a flagship program of Government of Telangana, by planting more than 5,000 saplings in and around our campus. They have also contributed in activities like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and recently they have done a ‘mega cancer screening and cancer awareness camp’ at our campus and have partnered with the Indo-American institute of cancer to carry out preventive tests and diagnosis for more than 95 villagers.

We see this as our institutional and curricular strengths that help students in all round development in their life on our campus.

Who is the ideal candidate for SIBM Hyderabad? What are the qualities that SIBM looks for during admission process?
As already mentioned that the rigour of academics and experiential learning demands a lot of commitment and attention from the students hence the ideal candidate is the one who is willing to undergo the rigour and the grind of learning and assessments during the program.

Candidates possessing leadership traits carrying high values, having clarity of thought, willing to work in teams and are good at communication are ideal candidates for SIBMH.

Who is eligible to get admission? What are the deadlines?
A Graduate from any recognized University/ Institution of National Importance with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent grade (45% or equivalent grade for Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes) is eligible to for admission to the program.

The important dates for admission process are as under

Details DATE
Last date to apply for SNAP 24th November 2017, Friday
Last date to pay for SNAP 24th November 2017, Friday
Last date of Online registration for MBA Program at SIBM-H 31st December 2017, Sunday
SNAP Test 17th December 2017, Sunday
SNAP Result 28th December 2017, Thursday
Announcement of Shortlist for Group Exercise and Personal Interaction 3rd January 2018, Wednesday
Group Exercise, Personal Interaction & WAT 9 to 11 & 15 to 18 February 2018
Announcement of First Merit list 26th February 2018, Monday
Last date for payment of fees for candidates in the first merit list 19th March 2018, Monday
Programme Commencement 18th June 2018, Monday

What will be the admission process?

The admission procedure is as under: Candidates aspiring to join MBA at SIBM H will have to take the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test. A candidate needs to register for SNAP Test & also register for SIBM Hyderabad. If shortlisted, based on the SNAP score, he/she would then need to attend the GE-PIWAT process conducted at our campus.

GE-PIWAT process includes personality profiling using psychometric test, group exercise, written ability and a personal interview.

The registration process for SNAP and the institute can be done online at

Please share fee structure at SIBM Hyderabad
Fees for the 2-year MBA program for the class of 2018-2020 would be around Rs. 13.5-14 lacs inclusive of Hostel and mess charges.

How are the MBA placements at SIBM Hyderabad?
SIBM Hyderabad has a very excellent record of placements for its very first batch of MBAs. 93% of the eligible students were placed through campus selection and the remaining 7% were also given assistance post the placements season.

Today, I see all my students well placed and doing very well in their jobs. The second batch, that has graduated this year in March, we see a 100% campus placement for all eligible students. We could create more than 120 opportunities for a cohort of 67 students in 2017. The student to opportunity ratio stands at a healthy 1:2. Further, in cases where students could not crack interviews, we assist them and support them for even a dozen interviews till they crack it.

Further, I am happy to share that the prep for the ensuing placement season for the class of 2016-18, a cohort of 122 MBAs, looks very exciting with several companies already lined up confirming their dates for campus visits. I am sure, by the time your readers get to read this piece, several of our students would have already got placed.

Your message for the SIBM Hyderabad aspirants
I keep saying to my students that while SIBM-H provides you with infrastructure, diversity, and opportunity on the campus, they have to bring in the ability to take the risk, a lot of passion and willingness to learn.

I would say in simple terms, to quote our beloved founder Dr. Prof. S B Muzumdar, that ‘you bring innovation in mind, compassion in heart, and fire in the belly and you will never be denied of success’. Shape up your personality and career such that you will be able to contribute to the growth of not only your own family and self but also to the country. This message is not just for students aspiring to join SIBM-H, but for all those aspiring to pursue a management programs anytime in future, anywhere in the world at any B-school. Always remember to Celebrate Life and bring Cheer around. Best of Luck to all MBA aspirants.

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MBA/PGDM Admissions 2018 Open - Important Dates
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XLRI – XAT 2018
Application to XAT is open till November 30 without late fee and till December 15 with late fee
MDI Gurgaon
Application for PGPM 2018-20 at MDI Gurgaon is open till November 24, 2017
IMI New Delhi
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at IMI New Delhi is open till December 4, 2017
Application to NMAT by GMAC and for MBA admission at NMIMS, is open till October 3
IMT Ghaziabad
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at IMT Ghaziabad is open till November 24, 2017
XIM Bhubaneshwar
Application for MBA 2018-20 at XIM Bhubaneswar is open till December 8, 2017
SCMHRD, Pune – SNAP 2017
SNAP 2017 registration is open till November 24, 2017
Great Lakes Chennai and Gurgaon
The application for 2 years PGDM 2018-20 is open till Feb 25, 2018
LIBA Chennai
Online Application for PGDM 2018-20 at LIBA is open till January 31, 2018 at a cost of Rs.1500/-
IBSAT 2017
Application to IBSAT 2017 is open till December 12, 2017
CIMP Patna
Application for PGDM 2018-20 at CIMP is open till March 2nd week, 2018
Online & offline Application for PGDM 2018-20 at SDMIMD is open till February 28, 2018 with application fee of Rs.1250/-
SOIL Gurgaon
Application for PGP 2018-19 at SOIL is open till February 25, 2018
SIBM Hyderabad – SNAP 2017
To apply to SIBM Hyderabad, apply to SNAP 2017 on Dec 17 and also apply to SIBM-H in the SNAP Form
SIBM Bengaluru
To apply to SIBM Bengaluru, apply to SNAP 2017 on Dec 17 and also apply to SIBM-B in the SNAP Form


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