B-School offers special concession to J&K, NE students

Taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special focus on the development of northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir, Fore School of Management, a New Delhi-based B-school, has announced special concession in tuition fee for the students of these two regions.

The special concession amounting to 10 per cent waiver in the tuition fee is extended to the students who join the programme in academic year 2015-16 and are domiciled in J&K and the eight NE states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. The special privilege is over and above any other scholarship being given to the students.

Prof Jitendra K Das, Director, Fore School of Management (formerly Founder Dean of the Noida Campus of IIM Lucknow), said, Although we, at Fore, have students from different states and regions of the country, the North-East and J&K are still under-represented perhaps, due to a variety of local socio-economic conditions. The students face hurdles in accessing professional institutions of repute located in different parts of the country. Fore endeavours to have students from each and every part of India to represent the rich tapestry of diversity within India. We have, over the years, taken many initiatives to promote diversity within the campus.”

“Extra points are given to students from these regions seeking admission to our PGDM/PGDM-IB courses. The net effect, therefore, is that not only students from these regions get an advantage in the selection process but once having taken admission, they can also avail of the concession in tuition fee,” Das said.

“While PGDM or MBA could be pursued at many other locations and institutes, the combination of a brilliant peer group, diversity and location advantage should encourage more and more students from these regions to look at a professional management education at Fore as an opportunity. These students will get immense benefits from excellent faculty group and state-of-the-art infrastructure we have,” he added.

Describing India’s northeast as a “Natural Economic Zone”, the Prime Minister has announced a slew of projects to develop the region that included expansion of rail, air, road, and digital connectivity. More than Rs 50,000 crores has been earmarked for the development in the region in addition to approximately Rs 28,000 crores for development of rail infrastructure. There is huge potential in developing tourism, textiles and organic agriculture in the NE region.

There is going to be demand for managers who are not only professionally trained but also sensitive to the needs of the region. Similarly, the potential for growth in different regions within J&K is enormous.

There is a huge opportunity for the youth of these regions. Students who make it through the competitive process, without a doubt, will have resilience built into them considering the odds against which they have worked to get to this place. Academic performance, beyond a point, is not a predictor of success. Qualities such as resilience, stress tolerance, handling ambiguity, resourcefulness that students from these regions most likely possess are what organizations look for in their selection process. The emerging opportunities that are expected in these regions, combined with availability of professionally trained managers are where Fore wishes to contribute.

“While not calling it CSR, we do feel that Fore needs to contribute in its own small and humble way, to the development of human capital in these regions and integrate them with the social and economic mainstream of India,” Das asserted.