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GMAC partners with leading Indian B-schools for Study in India initiative

September 15, 2017

In its endeavor to strengthen India’s position as a global graduate management education hub,the Virginia, United States based Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner of the GMAT® and NMAT by GMAC™ exam, has recently partnered with9 leading Indian B-schools to launch the Study in India initiative. This partnership will open doors for international aspirants across 27 countries to pursue management education in India, and arose from the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s directive to rebuild India’s attractiveness as a study destination for higher education in Africa, Middle East, South and East Asia. 
The 9 business schools associated with the Study in India initiative are: 

1. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) 
2. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) 
3. Indian School of Business (ISB) 
4. Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) 
5.  Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) 
6. SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) 
7. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) 
8. Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) 
9. IMT Ghaziabad 

Study in India is expected to build and strengthen preference for Indian B-schools in relevant international markets. Aspirants from these 27 countries can now log on to the Study in India website,, and will have the option to secure admission in any of the 9 partner B-schools in India using their GMAT scores. 

Commenting on the launch, Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of GMAC said, “India has all the elements in the making of becoming a global education hub because it has the unique advantage of providing world class, high quality education at affordable prices.  Students across these emerging markets will now have access to some of these top business schools, which are globally accredited, have superior infrastructure, faculty and curriculum. Study in India intends to connect international talent and aspiration with the right opportunity on India’s B-school campuses. We would also like to thank the Ministry of Human Resources Development and our partner schools for their support in making this initiative a reality. We are positive that the Study in India initiative will assist business schools in creating a larger and much diverse international talent pool, while offering students a high- impact learning experience.” 

The initiative also holds strategic promise for Indian management education; a rise in enrollment may lead to an increase in student diversity at these institutions, enhancing the overall classroom experience for students. 

Commenting on the launch, Dr. Shailesh Gandhi, dean Programmes, IIM Ahmedabad said, “Study in India has been designed to encourage students in their professional journey and interact with their global counterparts. The initiative will prove to be an asset for the international participants as they will get exposed to world class pedagogy offered by IIM Ahmedabad. We welcome passionate candidates who would bring their rich experience to the classrooms.” 

Dr. Veena Vohra, associate dean – School of Business Management, NMIMS University said, “The Study in India initiative has strengthened our partnership with GMAC, post NMAT by GMAC. We are happy that Study in India will help international students gain management expertise while studying in Indian business schools, just as they would in business schools globally. Learning experiences designed and delivered in India provide insights and perspective in managing and leading in developing economies. Study in India capitalises on this edge, and we see this leading to interesting academic and practice based conversations within our classrooms.” 

Commenting on the association, Dr. Bikram Bahinipati, associate dean – Admissions, Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar said, “Study in India is not only an opportunity to study in best-in-class institutions that offer access to one of the world’s fastest growing economies, but is also a chance to be a part of a rich cultural heritage and traditions that guides the lives of Indians. This would raise student’s awareness of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society as well as encourage student mobility amongst youth in India, while providing a richer and deeper understanding of India, and will contribute to strengthening the relationship between the countries. The Study in India Initiative at Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) is organized around the goal of cultural immersion and academic orientation while engaging closely with global and world class institutions. The presence of international students in XUB would provide all students with exposure to different cultures and ideas, the participative and lively classroom discussions with their global perspectives and experiences, while creating enormous opportunity and learning experiences to develop skill sets critical to a globalised workforce.” 

Dr. Shalini Kalia, Admissions chairperson, IMT Ghaziabad said, “IMT Ghaziabad shares a long-standing relationship with GMAC and we are happy to be a part of this first of its kind initiative. We feel that Study in India will enhance students’ learning experience and help in their evolution globally. We are keen on onboarding students through our flagship MBA programme that grooms leadership through innovation, execution and social responsibility.” 

Founded in 1953, Virginia, United States headquartered Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a global non-profit organisation which aims at advancing the art and science of admissions by convening and representing the industry and offering best-in-class products and services for schools and students.

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