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With so many MBA colleges coming up every year and even more closing down, students are perennially looking for an answer to the most difficult question in the admission season “Which college should I choose?” There are multiple factors to consider like placements, faculties, tie-ups, fees, infrastructure and the overall feel of the campus. What makes this problem more complex is the sheer lack of information out there in the public domain. A search on Google for any of the institutes would take you to their flashy sites claiming top placements and best in class faculty, but how much of that is to be believed is anybody’s guess. With over 19 million visits every year, Shiksha.com was aware of the size of the problem. Its discussion forum was being laced with questions around the very core issues mentioned above. Being the No.1 Education portal of the country, Shiksha.com took it upon itself to address this problem at large and came up with– Shiksha.com Campus Connect Program.
With over 250 enthusiastic ‘Shiksha Campus Reps’ on-board, this online program will get you the answers to institute related queries – everything from infrastructure to placements – on Shiksha.com. What makes it different from other popular counseling platforms, is that here you have current students with first-hand experience answering questions about their campuses and courses. This direct connect with students from top b-schools like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, FMS, MDI, IIFT, IIM Udaipur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi, XIMB, GIM, MICA, IMT Ghaziabad and many more, empowers aspirants to make an informed decision about joining a particular B-school.
Talking about the program, Prakash Sangam, Business Head, Shiksha.com said, “‘Shiksha.com’s Campus Connect Program’ is a pioneer concept in India, which tries to clear all the doubts a student might have when he is looking for campuses for pursuing higher studies. Given the innate confusion involved in choosing an institute, this program will help students get clarity on issues like courses offered, life on campus and placements etc. Also, there is a lot of credibility in the information being provided on this platform as it is coming from current students of the institute. This initiative also gives current students of an institute a platform to showcase their campus to the world at large thereby helping the institute connect with potential students leading to better matching”.
Shiksha.com Campus Rep is a six-month intensive program with a selection process entailing 3 stages. Students were required to display their communication skills, ability to solve problems and leadership traits in different tasks for being chosen as a part of this program. Given the criticality of information that was about to be shared, it was important to gauge if these students were ready to shoulder this kind of responsibility, and thus the program required a stringent selection process. The Shiksha Campus Reps also understand the responsibility they have and appreciate such exposure at this stage of their career. Sneha Motwani, Campus Rep for FMS says, “There is so much mis-information floating around admission into MBA colleges. It feels great to be a myth-buster. You are answerable to a student community which depends on you to tell them the truth. It’s a huge responsibility, scary and exhilarating at the same time. You feel you are part of something bigger. “
The Shiksha.com Campus Connect program currently encompasses management institutes across the country. Students can expect to see it expand its reach to include other popular streams such as engineering, medicine, etc in the near future.
NOTE: The views expressed are those of the institute alone.