Whenever you are appearing for an interview of any BSchool, you must be clear about why you want to join that particular B-School. While your answer, to a large extent, is a manifest of your life journey, there are other facts about the Bschool that you must know. If you have received a call from MDI Gurgaon, which happens to be one of the best B-Schools across India, you would like to crack it at any cost, isn’t it? And so, in this article, I provide you with all the information on activities that goes around the MDI community. Read on to frame the version of your answer!
Rankings and Accreditations
MDI Gurgaon has received accreditations from some major bodies including NBA, Association of MBAs, UK (AMBA) and AMDISA which is a SAARC recognized accreditation body. It has the distinction of being the first internationally accredited B-School in the country. The PG Programmes in Management offered by MDI are recognized and accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) New Delhi.
When it comes to rankings, MDI Gurgaon has always flared well and has been among the top 10 BSchools in the country. Business World (2019) – Rank 5, Outlook (Top private BSchools in India, 2019) – Rank 3, Times (Top private BSchools in India, 2019) - Rank 1, Business Standard (2019) – Rank 7, The Week (2019) – Rank 9.
Network-building at MDI Gurgaon
Network building, one of the most important factors of any BSchool comes from the huge academic and professional diversity of its batch. It does not just give an opportunity to network with students of the same batch but also the senior and junior batch. Apart from that, the huge alumni base of MDI Gurgaon can always be leveraged at various points in life. Talking about the current batch, students hail from various academic backgrounds including Physics Hons, Law, CA, CFA, City Planning, Mathematics Hons., English Hons. and what not! When it comes to professional diversity, students have a rich experience from across industries including advertising, sales & marketing, consulting, HR, operations, law, private equity, among others.
Alumni Base of MDI Gurgaon
More than 700 members join the alumni group every year which has grown the current alumni network to about 7,000 members which is growing stronger every single year. The alumni network is spread both nationally and internationally and have been recognized by various reputed organisations for their contributions in several fields MDI Alumni Relations Committee organizes regular Annual Alumni Meets at MDI and also Regional Meets across several cities in India and outside India. Alumni events provide an opportunity to catch up with old buddies, narrate stories and learn about new and exciting opportunities. Apart from the quarterly newsletter, MDI also maintains a dedicated portal wherein alumni can register themselves to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments happening across the Mandevian community.
Exchange Program at MDI Gurgaon
MDI boasts of one of the best student exchange program in the country and offers a unique opportunity for its students to immerse themselves in a new academic and social culture for one trimester. Every year, 2 out of 3 students get to go to a college abroad across various countries in Europe, the US, etc. The main purpose of this is to help students get a first-hand experience of how business decisions are taken across the world and help get a truly international perspective. At the same time, students from foreign universities also come to MDI allowing them to get a new and immersive learning environment.
MDI is proud to have an integrated community of around 80 full-time faculty of national and international acclaim. The faculty at MDI Gurgaon is a healthy blend of academicians, managers, policymakers, and administrators. Many of them come with a rich experience from the industry which helps students learn practical concepts and best practices followed in the industry. Classes are interactive which includes case study discussions, presentations, projects, classroom activities, and discussion on various research projects undertaken by the faculty themselves. Moreover, the faculty invites guest lectures from the industry with the help of their rich network to help students understand about the recent industry developments more clearly.
The Corporate Talk Series at MDI Gurgaon
When it comes to giving students an exposure to the industry, MDI for sure knows how to leverage its reputed stature and locational advantage Corporate talks from all the big names are conducted all around the year giving students a great opportunity to interact with people and alumni from the corporates and learn real-time about the recent developments across sectors. MDI Gurgaon’s relation with the industry is what we call the “MDI Advantage” and has for years, opened doors to glorious opportunities for its students.
MDI Gurgaon has a staggering 40 acres of lush green campus in the very heart of corporate hub of India, Gurgaon. The library of MDI Gurgaon has a collection of around 50,000 books while the online library portal gives access to more than 15,000 e-journals. It provides students with numerous recreational facilities including a Golf Course, lawn tennis court, badminton court, table tennis court, billiards, gymnasium, recreation room, TV lounge and canteen.
Several activities and events are held round the year and are completely student-run initiatives. There are 6 student committees including Placement Committee, Alumni Relations Committee, Corporate and Marketing Communication Committee and International Relations Committee. Apart from that, there are academic clubs like Marquity, HRD, Monetrix, Strategist, Opsession, and activity clubs like Sanskriti and Samaritans. Apart from that, students often assemble to carry out their interests through the numerous Student Interest Groups. There are also event clubs like Imperium, Delphique and Illumina which conducts corporate talks and interesting activities at different times of the year.
While Delphique strives to collaborate with various leading companies for knowledge partnership across management verticals, Illumina conducts Market Research Fair around Diwali offers organizations an opportunity to conduct extensive marketing research through the thousands of consumers who visit this fair annually.
Festivals at MDI Gurgaon
Is there any festival that is not celebrated at MDI? I don’t think so! Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Onam, Lohri, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Saraswati Pooja – you name it and you will find the MDI community gather at one place to celebrate the festivities. Apart from all these, students always stay excited for the Soul Kitchen nights held during the winter months wherein bonfires and jamming sessions are held for hours together making it a truly enriching experience.
Placements and BSchool life go hand in hand and it goes without saying, placements do play a significant role in the life of any BSchool graduate. MDI Gurgaon’s placement record has been stellar over the years and has only improved. As of 2019, with 299 students, the average stipend was 2.31 Lakhs and the highest stipend stood at 3.2 Lakhs. MDI Gurgaon saw 85 companies participating in the summer placement process offering coveted roles across various domains. Talking about the final placement for the year 2020, the average salary stood at 22.05 Lakhs and the highest salary offered was 40.5 Lakhs. The final placements saw 126 companies participating in the placement process.
While placements are a part and parcel of BSchool life, there are opportunities to industry exposure beyond summer internships at MDI Gurgaon. Students are conferred with several live projects in the field of HR, marketing, finance and work with industry mentors on solving real-time business issues. These projects are a great opportunity for students to show their calibre, skillset and develop intellectual capital in a practical manner. The live projects are directly supervised by a faculty member who advises students on how to do the projects in an even better way. In the past few years, students have worked on numerous live projects from companies like Reckitt Benckiser, Tech Mahindra, Tupperware, KFC, HUL, Decathlon, McKinsey Consulting, Deloitte, Swiggy and Ogilvy among others.
All the points mentioned above are indicative of the fact that MDI Gurgaon indeed provides with world-class facilities to groom you into a successful business leader and jots down every reason why one would want to become a part of the MDI fraternity. Wish you all the best for your interview ahead!
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