Students throng MBA education fair

EAGER LEARNERS: Participants at the two-day MBA education fair that started in the city on Saturday.

EAGER LEARNERS: Participants at the two-day MBA education fair that started in the city on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Vipin Chandran

Staff Reporter

50 stalls feature universities, institutions in India and abroad

KOCHI: A two-day MBA (in India and Abroad) education fair began at Hotel Abad Plaza here on Saturday. Sebastian Paul, MP, inaugurated the fair.

The fair is being organised by ISE Event Management (P) Ltd. The Hindu EducationPlus is the media partner. The fair featured 50 stalls comprising universities and educational institutions in India and abroad, besides educational consultants for overseas studies.

The United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF), the United Kingdom-based Bangor University and the University of Wales, New Port, the Australia-based James Cook University’s offshore campus in Singapore, the University of Wollongong in Dubai and the Informatics Academy from Singapore were the international presence at the fair.

Students and parents started streaming in even before the formal opening of the fair scheduled for 11 a.m.

They waited outside the hall as the last-minute touches were being given to the stalls. The majority of the students evinced interest in going abroad for pursuing their higher studies, while others said they have to give it up reluctantly, owing to the cost factor. R. Manu, managing director of the ISE Event Management (P) Ltd, said there was no drop in the demand for MBA aspirants despite the global economic scenario resulting in job cuts and reduced opportunities prompting him to organise such a fair. He felt that choosing MBA has assumed more significance since it would enable students and professionals to polish their skills so that they are well equipped when the economy recovers by the time they finish the course. Mr. Manu had been organising general education fairs by the name “Career and Campus” for the past 12 years. However, this is for the first time that an exclusive fair has been held for MBA, he said.

The global economic slowdown appeared to be in the back of the mind of youngsters though they continue to dream their MBA-induced dreams.

Juan, a final year BA English Literature student from St. Xavier’s College, Aluva, was relatively relaxed compared to her counterparts who were yet to decide or receive admission for further studies. Having secured more than 60 per cent marks in the Management Aptitude Test (MAT), she is almost assured of a seat at her favourite college, Christ College, Bangalore. She feels that the recession will be over by the time she steps out of the college in two years’ time.

The seminars held in connection with the fair - Are you fit to do an MBA? (Manohar Ramesh, head of corporate relations, NSB, Bangalore), and MBA-manager in the making (Anand Sharma – regional head, IMS, Kerala) – were also a hit among the participants as the hall was packed to capacity.

More informative seminars - Study in USA (USIEF-American Consulate, Chennai); MBA Education in USA (USIEF-American Consulate, Chennai); Make the Right Choice–MBA in India and Abroad (Mr. Anand Sharma) – are in store for Sunday.

The fair is open to students, parents and the public, with free entry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday as well.

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