New Delhi: 2019 has proven to be another great year for graduates of Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) at O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU). Over 70 top companies competed for selecting the graduating students. These recruiters ranged from MNCs to start-ups and included top names such as Amazon, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, ITC Hotels and M&C Saatchi. ICICI Prudential was the biggest recruiter with 9 offers. International placements to countries like UAE, Mauritius, and Canada continued this year as well.
Professor C. Raj Kumar, the Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University congratulated the students commenting, “The success at JGBS reflects the relevant and global nature of our business education as well as the mettle of the promising youngsters who join JGU. I am confident this trend will continue and strengthen in the years to come”.
Some of the organizations that shared job opportunities with JGBS students include:
JGBS presents a refreshing alternative to other B-Schools in the country, in its endeavour for varied career options for holistic professional growth. The Office of Career Services at JGU, that works on life-long careers for JGBS graduates, welcomed more than 200 senior leaders from corporates, non-profits, consultancies and start-ups for guest lectures and conferences in the previous academic year. These leaders inspired JGBS students to pursue their calling instead of taking familiar career paths. Following one’s own convictions is often the tougher route and JGBS students do not shy away from taking challenging, alternative routes to career success.
In fact, almost one in every four graduates from JGBS is taking the leap into family business and entrepreneurship. Manushree Khandelwal, a student from the 5-year integrated BBA (Hons.) + MBA programme, started a business in his second year at college. His startup Femora works on bringing innovative kitchen products to the Indian market. His classmate Dhananjay Arora started a solar power projects firm when he noticed opportunities in the alternative energy space in Hisar, Haryana.
Professor Rajesh Chakrabarti, the Dean of JGBS, credited the global and inter-disciplinary nature of the education at JGBS for these bold and innovative career choices. “Business today is inherently global in nature. We have tried to capture that in our curricular content, faculty experiences and backgrounds, and partnerships with other leading institutions around the world. Being part of a major university, we enjoy the advantage of nesting our business learning within a far wider spectrum of knowledge”.
JGBS understands that its diverse set of students have diverse aspirations and therefore need to be provided with an ecosystem that caters to these diverse aspirations. Professor C. Raj Kumar notes “A myopic approach to careers focusing solely on job placements of graduates tends to ignore the value of holistic professional growth of the students along with providing the broadest possible horizon of professional opportunities to the students”. This sentiment is echoed by Professor Asim Talukdar, the Director of the Office of Career Services, “Our Office is committed to supporting the holistic professional growth of our students. Many of our students have chosen to venture into entrepreneurship and quite a few have headed abroad for higher education”.
A number of students at JGBS have gone abroad for pursuing double degree programmes, student exchange programmes and other study abroad programmes. JGBS has partnerships with more than 30 international universities and business schools, including the University of Texas at Dallas, European Business School, Carleton University, Queen Mary University of London, University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. Due to these partnerships, JGBS undergraduate and postgraduate students have the option of either doing a dual-degree by going abroad for an entire year or alternatively, going for a semester exchange to a top-notch international business school and returning to JGBS for completing their degree.
Dr. Mayank Dhaundiyal, Vice Dean of JGBS takes special pride in the study abroad options available to JGBS students. “Many of our business students are making JGBS and the country proud by not only winning numerous awards in foreign business schools and universities but also landing lucrative job offers there. It is a testimony to not only the world-class learning ecosystem that JGBS and JGU provide but also to our extensive network of partnerships with top foreign business schools that enables our talented students to prove their abilities abroad”.
Numerous JGBS students, from both UG and PG programmes, have gone abroad, as part of the partnerships JGBS has with these foreign B-Schools and many have landed jobs abroad while doing so. Jay Jariwala, a postgraduate student of JGBS got a taste of international education at Carleton University, Canada in his second year as a semester exchange student. In his final year, he decided to pursue a dual degree at Singapore Management University. He is currently working in an IT services firm in Singapore. Another JGBS student Kiran Mampilly pursued a dual degree in his final year with University of New Brunswick, Canada and ended up finding an exciting job opportunity with a technology firm in Canada.