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I am completely agree with Mandy007.It shouldn't matter whether the candidate has done part-time MBA or full time MBA as long as knowledge is concerned.
Nowadays many recognized universities provides online MBA or distance MBA.
You can refer this article: Jaro Bharathiar Distance MBA: Capture the power in your hands: Online MBA in Marketing
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saswatabanerjee, I appreciate your response. Can you please provide some resources explaining this saying?
These are based on my own experiance in recruiting for my company, for clients and in sitting through interviews that my clients took that they ask me to attend. It starts with the perception that part time MBA are non serious, or that the course is not serious in teaching / not enough projects and exposure.

So, at time of screening, hr / recruitment consultants will simply ignore part timers unless they can't find one they want, or if the budget is low.

During the interview (if you are lucky to be called), the interviewer is generally hostile already. In addition, they will ask questions that are more difficult, either because they are told you must experienced and so able to answer. Or that they sub consciously don't want you.

If finally selected, they will offer you lower salary in the light of the thought that you did part time MBA and therefore inferior.

What cuts a different path from this

A. You must be from a premier institute (wellinker in mumbai, jalmnalal Bajaj)

B. You must have experiance and expertise they know you have and they want (where the degree is only ipad iceing on the cake)

Ask any recruiter how many part timers they have short listed, and you will get the source of my comment.
MBA through distant education/ correspondence does have value for those who are already working and putting in effort to improve their qualifications. Industry recognizes it as a 'self development initiative' since in many cases the theoretical knowledge can be directly applied at the work place. This means learning & application happening simultaneously, which goes to the credit of the employee.

However, seeing at the availability v/s demand picture of MBA freshers in different industries & Govt. organizations across the country, it stands to reason that even regular MBAs are not finding enough opportunities for employment. And this status is unlikely to change in the near future. Today, if you publish one job of say, HR Executive, there are hundreds of applicants who are not only MBAs, but with qualifications like B.Tech/ MCA/ MA etc..Institutions providing MBA/ PGDBA qualifications have mushroomed in the country, which are adding to the number of unemployed educated youth who are genuinely frustrated, thereby posing a challenge to the society. Someone at the Human Resources planning level has to wake up and provide the right direction.
Dear Friend,

There are some personalities who don't know anything in HR or to have practical knowledge in HR. But he/she might have done their MBA in abroad. Doing MBA from abroad nothing makes much difference.

Because, now at present there are so many institutions offering a short term course in management and to attract us they say that it is equivalent to MBA which is not right. Minimum 3 years with 24 papers you have to undergo in the examination for MBA. Nowadays even a 6 months to 1 years courses are called as - Equivalent to MBA just to attract the below average students who wants to gain MBA in this society. But he knows nothing theoretically as well as practically. He / She cannot write even a single line in a good English without any grammatical error.

Likewise, even in abroad there are so many institutions offering MBAs in the similar manner, so nothing makes difference except practical analysis, handling a situation, case studies, etc., etc., which comes through only experiences.
Distance MBAs are basically assignment oriented and the limited contact classes inadequate to impart real knowledge.
The essence of an MBA is direct interaction with faculty,industry people.
And when supply of direct MBAs are higher ,then distance students get left behind in the race.
if we see that there are so many MBA graduates from schools and less placements availaible .. its may be because of this reason full time MBA is given that much importance just as reason to short list the number of candidates ...
what i see is simple is due to over poplulated hard working indians .. if jobs are 200 applicants are 2000000 ...
just as in delhi university cut off is 95% above .. why ? because they have many applicants
its simple they get reason to short list
Fact is that a preference exists for full time MBAs vis-a-vis distance learning ones in the industry. We may feel it is unfair or even wrong but that doesn't change the fact.
Also, just by the nature of it being part time, distance learning candidates miss out on certain crucial elements integral to MBA learning experience - peer to peer learning, presentations, group work etc are things which are missing or much less intensive in a distance MBA. Not commenting on the intellectual prowess of the students or course design of distance MBAs, certain structural factors seem to limit learning in a distance MBA course.
True, for some, a distance MBA is the only option. True, they may start out with a slight disadvantage in the job market. But, all that means is they need to put in that much extra effort to compensate for their initial disadvantage.
I have 10 years of experience in Client Management, Quality management and Operation Management. The best part is that I am a Science graduate. Although, I'm pursuing MBA, however, I can bet that I can fail IIM students when it comes to Management part. A mechanic without experience but Certified and a mechanic with experience and having a local degree is a preferential candidate. Saswat, your experience is in hiring is influenced by your thoughts that you've paid so much in regular MBA and you've got a tough competition from another person who have completed MBA via Distance Learning.
Give me your Company name or tell me any Company name who are ignoring the candidates, who have completed the MBA from Distance Learning.
Those who are graduated in Regular MBA from highly reputed institutes are either working as a Teacher, or have opened the own Training Institute. Completed MBA from regular institute definitely gives an edge over Distance MBA. However, a person having working in Top Industry and pursuing Distance MBA are valued most than the Regular MBA

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