‘Indian B-schools need to make a global mark'

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 08, 2011 Published on June 08, 2011


Indian B-schools need to encourage students to go in for management research to make a mark globally. This may also help the country tackle the problem of lack of quality faculty, said Professor Sanjay Kallapur, Senior Associate Dean – Faculty & Research, ISB-Hyderabad.

“Indian B-schools have a much longer history than China, but virtually no global presence,” he said in a media interaction here on Wednesday.

According to the US National Science Foundation, in 2009, the number of Chinese students enrolled in US B-schools for Ph.D was 1,260 compared with only 390 from India.

“Most Indian Ph.D students in the US are lapped up by B-schools in countries other than India, creating a faculty vacuum here,” he said, and added that B-schools here needed to create an atmosphere of research.

Published papers

In the field of published papers in US management journals, too, India is way behind China.

Citing a study by UT Dallas, which ranks B-schools by the number of research papers published in the top 24 US management journals, Prof Kallapur said during 2008-11, there were 25 B-schools from China with published papers compared with only three from India.

“Data availability is rich in India, but the material is not accessible to management researchers in a friendly format,” he said.

Prof Kallapur said ISB had made some headway in encouraging students to pursue Ph.D.

“Two of our students have done well. One has joined Wharton and the other is part of the ISB faculty. We are also recruiting research associates.”

Admitting that faculty salaries was a key reason for not drawing students to research, he said India, despite having abundant talent, was losing out to not only the US but also Singapore and Hong Kong on this front.

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Published on June 08, 2011
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