ISB Calling – Mid Career Professionals Take The MBA Leap

Sourav  Bhattacharya, an IT Consultant working on a project for a  leading bank in Singapore, had this unfulfilled dream of making it to a top tier B School which has global footprints and after doing much research decided to apply to a few top B Schools in Singapore, India and the US. Come April, Sourav landed into the hallowed portals of the prestigious Indian School of Business. ISB has two integrated campuses at  Hyderabad and Mohali under the One School Two Campus theme. Sourav left his job at Singapore and consciously decided on selecting ISB  because of its course delivery, faculty and academic pedigree. His choice was made easy by the fact that ISB featured in top 20-30 B Schools of the globe as per the prestigious Financial Times Rankings. Agniv Datta, a Young Leaders Programme admit belongs to Durgapur and is a graduate of  IIT Roorkee. Agniv has an intention to start up his own venture in the future and he chose ISB for the networking opportunities he would get here. Take the case of Vivek Kar, a passout of the reputed  Goenka College of Commerce, Calcutta, who was working for TATA group, decided to venture into the MBA domain and passed out of ISB, in 2016 last year. Vivek is now working in the strategy team of  Economic Development Board of the Andhra Pradesh Government, as a Chief Ministers Fellow which will run under the Strategic unit of Chandrababu Naidu Government. Trina Datta another student from the PGP 2017 batch, did her graduation from the prestigious Presidency College Calcutta made it here after securing a top GMAT score. Sanchay Maity, a Chartered Account and rank holder in CMA , worked at CESC for considerable years before making the cut at ISB. Giving company to Sanchay is Gaurav Pansari , a graduate of St Xaviers College Calcutta and a Chartered Accountant. Gaurav was working with Britannia for nearly 4 years before joining ISB. Rounak Poddar, a national rank holder in CA examinations gives company to Gaurav being from the same alma mater, St Xaviers Calcutta. Rounak is actively involved in social initiatives and has been the founder of an NGO himself. Avinash Dhanuka , a graduate of the prestigious Indian School of Mines (now IIT) , left his job at Coal India after working for over 5 years to embark on a new journey at ISB. Most of them took ISB in comparison to foreign B schools and other Indian B schools due to reasons such as – better return on Investment, being a one year programme, research orientation of the b school, good faculty from India and abroad, better peer group learning with students coming in from diverse sectors and industries and the institute being a reputed global brand. Pranamita Basu, who worked in ITC for almost 7 years after doing her engineering from NIT Rourkela, joined ISB with a scholarship. Crossing the seas, Toofan Datta, an Electrical Engineer  from Jadavpur University was on a project working with Infosys at Houston and made it with over 9 year of experience. He applied to the the top foreign universities and ISB and finally made it here. Sankha Mondal, who did his schooling from Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission worked for over 6 years as a Decision Scientist  with Analytics firm Transunion  before making it till here. Sankha is also a trained Tabla and Synthesizer player. Soumik De, a passout of Jadavpur University where he did his Instrumentation and Electronics engineering left his job at GAIL, and joined the ISB. Anisha, who joined ISB this year decided to fly back to India leaving her job at Adidas in Singapore, which she started after completing her graduation from Singapore Management University. Anirudha Jalan who did his BSc in Finance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign worked in the Investment Banking division at Morgan Stanley in New York before deciding on a homecoming and is now studying at the ISB. Shreya Keyal, a graduate of the reputed UCL, London, majored in Economics before she applied for ISB. Varsha Pincha, who did her Computer Science Engineering from Jadavpur University belongs to the younger lot like Ankana with around 2 years of experience before making the cut. Let us take the case of Ankana Ghatak, who went to Shri Ram College of Commerce worked at Deloitte Consulting before deciding on the MBA programme at ISB. Joining with her is Khushbu Goenka who has also a bachelors from SRCC and has nearly 4 years work experience. Srishti Bhaduri, who did her graduation from St Stephens and IIT Delhi is now a student at the ISB . Not only Indians, there are foreign students from countries like South Korea. Sang Ho, a graduate of the Pukyong National University, Korea has joined ISB as this was his best bet in Asia and on top of his list. ISB, both at its Hyderabad and Mohali campuses ( as per the one school two campus theme) is a favourite hunting grounds for some of the brightest engineers from institutes like IITs, NITs, BITS Pilani, UDCT and the likes. Avinish Mittal, an IIT Delhi graduate from Delhi who has his own start up venture took the ISB plunge this season , similarly Ravnish Bagga from IIT Roorkee, left his job at Schlumberger to take up the PGP programme of ISB. Take these NIT graduates Amit Giri and Harsha Karanth , both working in reputed companies like Tata Steel and BHEL, made the cut here. Nekman Verma, a student at ISB was working at CISCO after graduating from IIT Bombay, when he decided to hit the acceleration button and hit the circuit. Pavika Singh, a passout of the prestigious UDCT, Bombay and the current President of Media Council, chose ISB over some top US B schools to remain closer home and get the best world class experience within India. When the government is talking about Make in India, why not flock an institute in the country which maintains global standards. Sportsmen are not left behind. Rohan Chakraborty who did his engineering from Jadavpur University has been a regular at the national level Table Tennis championships. Then there are students who already have patents like Shraddha Agarwal. She is also a CFA level 2 candidate. For Sourabh Nolkha, leaving a high paying Job in US did not matter when the opportunity for learning knocked at the door. A chartered accountant by profession and having worked in companies like Deloitte and Infosys, ISB was a dream destination. Shyam Nambiar, an ardent Marathon Runner, hanged his boots as a Navy Commander and with substantial work experience spanning over 16 years made his way to ISB. He is a graduate of IIT Delhi. In this race Doctors are not left behind. Punit Sar, a dentist from Odhisa by profession has the passion to start up his own venture and set his eyes on ISB, to give him the much needed platform. What sets ISB apart is its faculty and research methodology.  You will be solving some of the trickiest Statistics questions under the guidance of  world class Profs from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, or Kellogg. Whether its Statistics, Economics, Marketing, Finance, Strategy, the faculty is top notch drawn from across the globe from the finest of the brands. Its like you going to US College in India. Adding on to this ISB is an institute which takes students who have had work experience and thus the class learning is experiential and intellectually stimulating. The Harvard Case studies or the Live projects – you have a whole Planet  to explore here. ISB is reaching staggering heights of success globally. Ranked amongst the top 30 B schools across the Globe (as per the prestigious Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2016) ISB (Indian School of Business), has been able to carve a niche for itself. This success of ISB makes it easier for the professional to take the plunge and a pursue their MBA dreams at this coveted place.

RAHINE BOSE

Chief Manager & Regional Head Sales - Retail Liabilities TASC and Institutional Banking

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