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Offering A 360-Degree Development

Keeping its finger on the pulse and consistently offering 100 per cent placement is MDI Gurgaon’s distinctive trademark

Photo Credit : Ritesh Sharma

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Knowledge shapes character. And character is the essence of your identity,” writes Professor Atmanand, Director, (Additional charge), Management Development Institute or MDI Gurgaon, in his message on the institute’s website. Take a peek into MDI Gurgaon’s  growth from its inception over four decades ago, and one would discover how the institute has strived to polish and perfect character and identity of each and every student who has trained here.

Well, first things first – initially launched to carry out training and consulting-related research in 1973, MDI Gurgaon started its first flagship PGP in 1994. Still in a short span of time the institute has become one of the top Indian B-schools offering top-of-the-class management course. Established as an autonomous body in collaboration with several noted global institutions such as the UNDP, the UN Industrial Development Organization, the World Bank and the International Labour Organization, MDI began with HRD ministry sponsored National Management Programme.

What’s more, the institute also holds the distinction of being the first Indian B-school to be accredited by global accreditation agencies. To be specific, MDI is accredited by South Asian Quality Systems (SAQS), and its long-term programmes are accredited by the Association of MBAs, London, and its PGPs in management are accredited by AICTE, New Delhi.

Innovation and change is the order of the day and updating the curriculum, bringing in new dimensions to the subjects, training students to ably manage multiple teams and roles in this fast-paced tech world, creating opportunities for the students to get industry experience are some of the basics followed by leading B-schools. MDI Gurgaon checks all these boxes and more. Although the specialisation streams have remained the same, several new aspects to the courses are added frequently. For instance, the institute has, so far, introduced 18 new courses such as FDI, Alternative Funds Management, Big Data Applications in Management, Advance Competitive Strategy, Portfolio Management, Risk Modelling, etc., over the years.

Any good education institute knows the value of training its faculty. They know that training the faculty not only creates value for the institute it also nurtures the students. Through seminars and workshops by both academicians and industry veterans, MDI Gurgaon ensures it keeps the faculty members updated with cutting-edge research in contemporary industry practices.

One of the compelling factors for an MBA aspirant while scouring colleges is the extent of industry connect the institute offers to its students. MDI Gurgaon, like any other premier institutes in the country, helps the student body with its network of industry contacts. Add to that, its geographic location, which is home to several corporate headquarters and the 100 per cent placements ever year, and it becomes evident how consistency in performance has placed the institute among top of the charts in every B-school ranking.
 
“Our alumni have done exceptionally well and many of them have become successful entrepreneurs and generated wealth not just for themselves but for uplifting society as well,”  writes Atmanand. Today, the institute has industry leaders in various sectors, both at home and abroad.

In order to help both faculty and students play the role of change agents, the institute has launched two initiatives, Incendo and Samaritans. To elaborate further, Incendo is a series of interactions between corporate leaders and students that are semi-formal in nature and allow flow of ideas from industry to MDI and vice-versa. Samaritans is MDI’s social initiative wherein the entire MDI community does its bit to help the ecosystem it thrives in.

With lush green campus, strategic location, access to top corporate bigwigs, world-class faculty and, to top them all, an atmosphere that allows both faculty and students to thrive, MDI Gurgaon truly is  one of the prominent names in the list of Indian B-schools.