GMAC launches the Study in India initiative in partnership with 9 leading Indian Business Schools

GMAC launches the Study in India initiative in partnership with 9 leading Indian Business Schools

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Published: Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:50 AM


GMAC launches the Study in India initiative in partnership with 9 leading Indian Business Schools, opening doors for international candidates across 27 countries to pursue management education in India

MBA aspirants from South Asia, East Asia, Africa and the Middle East can seek admission in the partnering B-schools; initiative has support from Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India

In its endeavor to strengthen India’s position as a global graduate management education hub, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), owner of the GMAT® exam and NMAT by GMAC™ exam, has partnered with 9 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, Mr. 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.”

This 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.

Quotes from Schools

Munish Sapra, Assistant Dean, ISB said, “We are excited to be a part of this initiative and are confident that it will contribute to the existing diverse international classroom at ISB and strengthen India’s position on the global management education space. ISB offers world-class programs that are an amalgamation of knowledge from the best global schools. International students coming through this initiative will get a chance to interact with top-notch faculty and enjoy the excellent infrastructure.”

Dean Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research said “We are thankful to GMAC for providing us with this unique platform. This is in line with our vision of becoming Asia’s most innovative and socially responsive school of management where students are encouraged to become value-based leaders of tomorrow, International students will be able to experience our unique experientially oriented pedagogy. A large part of learning is peer learning - and having a student body from multiple countries and cultures will enrich learning for both faculty and 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. This 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.”

Mr. Menon, Chief Marketing and development officer, IIMB said, “We are pleased to partner with GMAC for the “study in India” initiative and believe that it will dovetail well with our mission of building leaders through holistic, transformative and innovative education. IIMB has a Global footprint. Our Alumni are working in leading companies across the world. We have more than 100 exchange partnerships with top business Schools in the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. IIMB is also a partner in GNAM, an exclusive set of 29 leading business schools across the globe. IIMB and its programs have been ranked amongst the top programs in the world. Its location in India’s “high technology capital – Bangalore” puts it in close proximity with leading corporates.  The “Study in India” initiative will further increase the diversity of our students, who can look forward to developing as Global Business Leaders.”

Dr. Jain, Dean Academics, IIM Indore said, “Study in India will help in transforming the management education industry in India. Studying in one of the fastest growing economy in the world is on the radar of several aspirants world over. "Study in India" will be an authentic source of information for those aspirants.  This is a unique opportunity for international students to be a part of a contextually-relevant business school with world-class academic standards that develops socially-conscious managers, leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Congratulating GMAC on this new step, Gautam Lakhamraju, Chief Marketing Officer, Great Lakes Institute of Management said, “As a globally benchmarked and AMBA, UK, accredited business school, Great Lakes, Chennai, fully support's GMAC's Study in India Program. We are confident this initiative will boost the awareness of the opportunities to pursue world class business education in India, the world's fastest growing large economy.

Pleased with 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 globalized workforce.”

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.”

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.”

About GMAC:

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a global, non-profit association of 220 leading graduate business schools. Founded in 1953, we are actively committed to 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. GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) exam, used by more than 6,500 graduate programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, for entrance into graduate management programs in India and South Africa, and the Executive Assessment, specifically designed for Executive MBA programs around the world. The Council is based in Reston, Va., with offices in London, New Delhi (Gurugram) and Hong Kong. For information on assessments, study tools and services for candidates, visit For information about The Council and our market intelligence, professional development opportunities and services for graduate management education, please visit

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