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How is Life at ISB in 2023?

Life at ISB is a whirlwind of transformation and opens up a tremendous scope of opportunities through the various events in addition to the curriculum. Sharing here a snapshot into what happens during one year at ISB.

Life at ISB is a unique experience that combines a rigorous academic curriculum with a vibrant student culture. The school provides students with a supportive environment that encourages personal and professional growth, helping them to reach their full potential.

Student clubs, which are formed based on students' functional or industry interests, provide students with an opportunity to stay informed about the latest developments in these areas. Driven by students themselves, these clubs help foster a sense of community and create a vibrant learning environment. ISB is also a family-friendly campus. This supportive environment allows students to balance their academic and personal commitments, helping them to achieve a work-life balance.

In addition to their academic work, students at ISB also participate in a range of competitions throughout the year. One of the unique features of the ISB experience is the opportunity for students to start initiatives targeting specific industries. This program provides students with an in-depth understanding of different industries and how they work, helping them to build a solid foundation for their careers.

The Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) is another hallmark of the ISB experience. By being exposed to cutting-edge management research and theory, students gain a more relevant perspective on real-world business issues, further enhancing their learning experience. In conclusion, life at ISB is a dynamic and enriching experience that combines rigorous academics with a supportive student culture. With its emphasis on student-driven initiatives, family-friendly environment, and experiential learning opportunities, ISB provides a unique and valuable learning experience for its students. Whether you are looking to advance your career, develop new skills, or make lasting connections, ISB is the perfect place to start your journey.

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The Academic life at ISB:

  1. Life at ISB starts with The Digital Headstart Module which starts in April. Simultaneously the students at ISB Mohali and ISB Hyderabad begin their orientation and LEAD course which lasts for around two weeks. The Digital Headstart Module is an online off campus module which continues till end of June.

  2. The duration of the ISB PGP course is divided into 8 terms over a period of 12 months. Every term lasts around 4 weeks with two examination schedules per term - mid term examinations and end term examinations to be held over a period of 2-4 days within the term.

  3. Career preparation week starts sometime in the beginning of October after the fourth term is over. The fourth term is also the last core term. Post this starting mid October 2022 the life at ISB for the graduates takes a twist and they start with their elective terms.

  4. Some courses offered in Term 5 electives in the past years are​Brand Management,​Business Analytics using Data Mining, ​Corporate Control, Mergers and Acquisitions ​, Digital Game Design Techniques for Businesses, ​​Global Strategic Management , Security Markets and Trading, Strategic Procurement etc.

  5. Post the term 5 somewhere in the mid of November 2022 the life at ISB will become slightly more tight packed with "On Campus interviews" which will start at ISB Hyderabad to be continued till around 9 or 10 days. During this week, life at ISB changes as the students do not engage in any course work. SEAL conducts soft skills workshops and interventions, and mock interviews. ISB Alumni also volunteer for these initiatives by SEAL and participate in resume review and mock interview sessions.

  6. This is followed by the Term 6 electives. Some courses offered over the previous years for Term 6 at ISB Hyderabad were: Business Value Of Disruptive Technologies, ​Consumer Behaviour (Mandatory Elective), Corporate Strategy and Organisation Design, Fixed Income Securities, International Finance, Marketing of High-Technology Products and Innovations, Strategic Customer Analytics

  7. The end of term 6 is followed by another week to ten days of "On Campus Interviews" followed by the ELP week till the mid of January 2023. Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) is a live consulting engagement in the ISB MBA curriculum. For the ELP ISB students team up in groups of three to four to accomplish project goals to aid the client’s business potential.

  8. Term 7 marks its onset in the mid of January followed by the Study Trek week which continues till the end of February 2023. Life at ISB now comes to its last term - Term 8 which continues till the first week of April 2023.

  9. A student can take up a minimum of 2 specialisations and a maximum of 3 specialisations. The ISB students can opt for around 20-21 electives. 6 electives make 1 specialisation. In all ISB curriculum has 10 specialisations and around 80 electives for the current class of 2023.

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Events comprise an integral part of Life at ISB:

  1. On 22 September 2022 - As part of the Business and Policy Dialogue series, Shri Derek O' Brien, Member of Parliament, visited the ISB Hyderabad Campus on Wednesday and spoke to students about "Citizen Engagement in Policymaking." In his speech, Shri Derek O' Brien stressed the importance of creating forums where ideas can be shared for improved democratic functioning and urged students to actively interact with legislators.

  2. On 24 September 2022 - The ISB Leadership Summit (ILS), the school's annual signature event, will take place on September 24 and 25, 2022, at the ISB Hyderabad and Mohali campuses, respectively. The "Prism of Possibilities" topic is the focus of ILS.

  3. ILS 2022 will feature an exciting lineup of speakers, including Dr. V Anantha Nageswaran, Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India, and Justice (Retd) N V Ramana, former Chief Justice of India, at the ISB Hyderabad campus and R Madhavan, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer, at the ISB Mohali campus.

  4. On 23 September 2022 - According to Analytics India Magazine, Professor Manish Gangwar, Executive Director of the ISB Institute of Data Science (IIDS), is one of the "Most Prominent Analytics & Data Science Academicians in India 2022." Academics who have made significant contributions to the fields of analytics, data science, and artificial intelligence are highlighted by this honour.

  5. On 24 September 2022 - Upasana Kamineni Konidela and Prof. Bhagwan Chowdhry will engage in a stimulating fireside talk at ISB on September 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  6. During which they will ignite some insightful discussions on entrepreneurship, leadership, and other topics as I-Venture celebrates its first anniversary. The event will take place on level 2 of AC3-Max LT on the ISB Hyderabad campus.

  7. On 25 September 2022 - Day 1 of the ISB Leadership Summit (ILS) 2022, which was hosted at the Hyderabad campus, featured a keynote speech from Justice (Retd) N V Ramana, a former Chief Justice of India.

  8. On 26 September - The PGP Co'23 hosted Day 2 of the ISB Leadership Summit (ILS) at the Mohali Campus. The 19th edition of the ISB Leadership Summit featured a stellar lineup of speakers from various fields, including VCs, entrepreneurs, bureaucrats, military leaders, and ISB alumni. These speakers shared their insights during candid conversations, lively panel discussions, and in-depth roundtable discussions.

  9. On 8 August 2022, Shri K V Subramanian and Shri Shashwat Alok, two professors, have been nominated to serve on the SEBI standing committee, which would offer recommendations and counsel on issues pertaining to foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). The committee will be led by Professor Subramanian.

  10. On August 17, 2022, Professor Prachi Deuskar participated in a webinar hosted by the NSE-ISB Trading Laboratory to discuss the role that emotions play in stock trading and whether we can teach our market instincts to be unbiased and unaffected by emotions. She co-authored a study paper with her co-authors as well "How does regret impact the actions of investors? Chinese stock market data as evidence."

  11. On 9 August 2022, The Advanced Management Program in Public Policy's 2022–2023 batch was solemnly inaugurated on the Mohali campus by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Hon. Governor of Haryana (AMPPP).

  12. On August 18, Madhu Viswanathan, Associate Professor of Marketing and Research Director of the ISB Institute of Data Science (IIDS), will speak on "Digital marketing for startups to accelerate B2B growth" as part of Growth Tunes Session 2 at the Emerging Technology Centre (ETC), a joint project of ISB and the Intel Startup Program.

  13. On August 20 and 21, 2022, Indian School of Business will host the Analytics Conclave, which will include keynote speaker sessions, panel discussions, case competitions, and much more on both campuses i.e Hyderabad & Mohali.

  14. On 20 August, 2022, The fourth edition of the PGPMAX Industry Dialogue, involving ISB Alumni from various businesses, took place. The panel included Ganesh Mani, president and chief operating officer of Ashok Leyland, Rajiv Nair, group CEO of Kaya Limited, Ekta Ghosh, chief digital officer of WAISL Limited, and Rajiv Bajaj, executive director of Liberty House Group.

  15. On 21 August 2022, the compendium of 75 startups, published by the Department of Health Science and Technology during DST Startup Utsav in conjunction included two startups from the portfolio of DLabs at the Indian School of Business: "The star in me" and "Sirona Hygiene".

  16. On 22 August 2022, the Centre for Analytical Finance's Summer Research Conference in 2022 has as its theme "Finding solutions for the economy, firms, and investors in the face of oncoming big problems." A record 125 research papers from 20 countries were submitted for this year's conference, which was also attended by about 90 academics from renowned universities all over the world. The event's main speaker was Professor Philipp Schnabl of the Stern School of Business at New York University.

  17. On 26 August 2022 the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB, released "Policy Recommendations for Customer Centric E-Commerce in India," a set of four reports focused on various elements of the growth and problems of the country's e-commerce ecosystem.

  18. On 25 August 2022, The International Monetary Fund has appointed Prof. K V Subramanian as the Executive Director (India).

  19. On 27 August 2022, ISB PGPMAX presented a Master class on "Business Innovation for Growth and Resilience to Drive Market Capitalization" with Prof. Rajendra Srivastava.

  20. On 27 August 2022, Shri S Sivakumar, Head, Agri and IT Businesses, ITC Limited, was hosted by ISB on Thursday at the Mohali campus. Mr. S. Sivakumar spoke with the faculty and students and shared pearls from his more than three decades of experience.

  21. On 29 August 2022, four papers were released by the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB under the title "Policy Recommendations for Customer Centric E-Commerce in India," each focused on a different area of the development and difficulties of India's e-commerce sector.

  22. On 8 September 2022, ISB Executive Education alumni Vijay Jacob Parakkal and Vikrant Gandhi presented a webinar where they discussed their experiences and learning’s from the General Management Program.

Cultural life at ISB:

ISB@20 celebrations included a series of global events, commenced in London. The event constituted a school address by Dean Madan Pillutla and the keynote address was given by Professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian. The event also included a panel discussion featuring Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise and Member, ISB Executive Board, and Professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian on the theme 'India's rising cultural footprint with the rise in its economic power'.

On September 1, 2022 the Human Capital SIG and ISB Women, initiatives of the Office of Alumni Engagement conducted a webinar on 'Finding and Leading Your Tribe - How to build powerful networks to be an influential and inspirational people leader' by Leah JM Dean, Leadership Strategist, HR Advisor, Certified Strengths Coach, Author, Speaker and Founder-The Tribe Advantage and Kaumudi Goda, PGP Co ‘12, Advisor - Human Capital SIG.

Life at ISB gives you many reasons to apply to a leading business school in India and get ready to catapult your career in a year.

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