THE Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) this year saw a rise in students from Arts background joining MBA programme as compared to last three years.
While the percentage of students with an Arts background who joined MBA programme was 3 per cent in 2018 and 2019, it increased to 5 per cent this year.
However, there is a decline in the percentage of students with a Commerce degree. While it was 23 per cent in 2018, 21 per cent in 2019, it declined further to 18 per cent this year. Similarly, students from science background too remain only 1 per cent this year. It was 7 per cent in 2018 and 2 per cent in 2019.
Professor Vishal Gupta, outgoing chairperson, admissions IIM-A, said the management institute e-welcomed their new batch (2020-22) of MBA and MBA-FABM on Saturday due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, “Our admissions policy helps us admit students with diverse perspectives to contribute greatly to the discussion-based learning that we employ at IIM-A. We believe that having a broad mix of participants without compromising on quality will enrich the academic experience of IIM-A students even further.”
Similarly, the MBA-FABM programme or the management programme in food and agri-business has seen a shift in the academic background of students, from engineering to science. From 35 per cent students with science background in the batch of 2018-20, it has increased to 45 per cent this year. The representation of students from engineering background has declined from 65 to 48 per cent in last three years.