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Enhancing Inclusion And Diversity In MBA Classroom

There is a need to bring students from diverse backgrounds, different unrepresented communities and incorporate gender parity

India has a great vibrant and viable legacy for diversity and inclusion in the education system. One can go back 2500 years when students from different backgrounds and geographies came to great universities like Takshila, which contributed significantly to our advanced education system today. However, of late, if we see some current statistics and especially in B-schools, there is a lot that can be done to enhance diversity and inclusion.

For example, the MBA Batch of 2021-23 across all IIMs saw an 11 per cent decline in female students. Also, the inclination is towards engineering students in the admission process. The majority of the students in India’s B-schools have nearly 60 per cent engineers. There is a need to bring students from diverse backgrounds, different unrepresented communities and incorporate gender parity. The government of India and various regulators have emphasised diversity and inclusion as an essential aspect of ranking multiple institutions, especially in B-schools and has also made it a part of the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

Watch Ravi Kumar Jain, Symbiosis Hyderabad; Pawan Kumar Singh, Director, IIM Tiruchirappalli; Arun Kumar Singh, Director, GIMS; Debashis Sanyal, Director, Great Lakes, Gurgaon and Neelu Rohmetra, Director, IIM Sirmaur dive deep into aspects of diversity and inclusion in the MBA classroom with a focus on academic qualification, gender parity, faculties’ expertise and on recruitment.





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