In the batch of 450 at IIM-Indore, 405 are engineers

INDORE: A mere engineering degree is not enough, one needs an MBA tag too.

This thinking is reflected in the profile of the latest batch of
IIM-Indore here.

This batch, enrolled for the flagship two-year Post Graduate Programme (PGP) for 2011-13 academic session, has 405 students with engineering background, out of the total 450.

"Fat pay-packets and growing interest in white-collar jobs are the main reasons for this trend," a senior IIM professor said.

"This trend -- of engineers opting for management courses -- is not new in the country... the engineers opt for management degrees to give a boost to the career," said Professor Prashant Salwan, who teaches Strategic Management at IIM Indore.

These days, majority of engineers, instead of working in a manufacturing facility, prefer to work in the management so that they can play a major role in policy and decision making, he said. "They do not want to dirty their hands," he said.

Anand Kumar of 'Super-30' coaching fame, termed the trend as unfortunate. If someone wanted to become a manager eventually, why should he/she seek admission to the prestigious IITs for engineering course, he asked.

The country was facing a shortage of qualified engineers and such students were doing injustice to those who could not get into IITs, Kumar claimed, adding that this trend should be curbed.
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