Few years back when I was working for a consultancy I was asked to recruit marketing professionals for top companies. They asked me to ignore CV's of candidates who have done part time MBA or MBA through distance learning?
A candidate will go for part time MBA or through distance learning for following reasons:
1. If he is the only earning member of the family?
2. He can't leave his present job for some unavoidable reasons.
etc. There maybe many genuine reasons.
If top companies are looking only for full time MBA then what is the use of doing part time MBA or MBA through Distance education?
Such people may have the required experience but just because they have not done full time MBA they will be deprived of opportunities to work in reputed companies.
If this is the case then why management institutes run such courses if it has no value in job market?

From India, Mumbai
Even today recruiters ask such questions to candidates:
" You have done MBA is it part time or full time."
I mean why it should matter?
You check his experience, stability, knowledge, communication skills etc.

From India, Mumbai
It's all a matter of supply and demand. If there are not enough candidates with full-time MBA, then the organization will consider candidates with an MBA done in other modes. This issue has been covered at CiteHr before. So, please search and read the discussions. By searching, I found one at https://www.citehr.com/189943-why-to...ance-mode.html
From United Kingdom
The management that rejects MBA on the ground of part-time is not objective in there decision , they are subjective. Performance is the yardstick for employment not whether your degree is from part-time or full time University.
From Nigeria, Lagos
to secure a job, nowadays, a candidate is required to possess good communication skills in english language, followed by a first class degree i.e., above 60 percent and pass all the papers in first attempt etc. who pursues a course in regular education and not in distance mode. The candidates, who secured a post graduate/graduate degree through distance education are not preferred in corporate. It is believed that only regular i.e., in a college/campus of a university or a business school degrees consider as a valuable one. Placement consultants are very particular in placing the regular course students. Why is it so? Nobody gives a valid answer. It is believed that regular education is only providing ample scope for learning, practice the learning, understand the practical aspects etc., That's why, distance education is considered as an unwanted one. HR Managers too reluctant in selecting a candidate from distance education cadre.

step-motherly treatment is only being meted out to distance education degrees and candidates. but for the employed/experienced persons, distance education degrees/qualifications offer good knowledge of the trade and subjects. Only one plus point from Distance education.

Distance education candidates, who pursue the course are sufficiently aged and experienced and the Distance Education Universities do not pay much time-bound prominence to the courses. Printed notes/study materials are dispatched to the candidates by the University CDE Departments.The candidates if they send emails to the directorate for any clarifications, the message bounces immediately. The so-called study centres, appointed by a university, for educational assistance to the candidates/students, are intending to collect only money in time and apart from this, nothing.

It is the primary function of the UGC/CDE to create a value to the courses and to the candidates in achieving their life goals. Corporate should get wisdom in this matter and pay weightage to distance education passed-out too. Then only, the confidence could be created in the minds to pay attention to CDE.

Knowledge and quality must be given importance and NOT anything else.

From India, Pune
Dear Sundar,
You are right about the poor support given to distance education students in India. Please see https://www.citehr.com/464168-concen...ml#post2068064
It's not the case with all distance learning courses. I think it's a problem with private institutions that are after the money rather than the service. As I mentioned in my earlier post, it's a question of supply and demand: if there are more candidates to choose from than the number of vacancies, then why will companies bother about students from such institutions? Students from IIMs, etc., will have formed a personal network through which they will find jobs.

From United Kingdom
One thing important to remember in this context is 'a private organization, which is to recruit people for any job, is free to make their own rules & processes'. How can anyone debate that ignoring applicants with MBA through distant education is not justified? If I am the CEO, I will decide the criteria to shortlist applicants, if there is a good response to our job advertisement.

As clearly pointed out above by the Super Moderator, Nashbramhall, it is all a question of 'demand & supply'. So the market forces determine the short listing criteria for recruitment. Take, for example, admissions to Delhi University degree level courses this year. Only this morning we heard the news that the cut off for admissions to reputed colleges is above 99 % marks in 10+2. Can someone with 90% argue that he/ she should also be given a chance? When the market offers enough candidates with a score of 99 % & above, why should the top colleges look for others. In a similar manner, if the market provides enough applicants with a full time MBA Degree from premier institutes, why should an employer short list candidates from other management training institutes, or those candidates who have earned MBA through part time/ distant education?

I know it is painful to the affected candidates, but no organization can afford to conduct interviews of all the applicants to determine the best fit for a job. That is why defining shortlisting criteria is a standard practice & is an essential part of the recruitment process.

From India, Delhi
In most cases, MBA candidates from distance courses are pathetic. They are not even fit to do a clerks job. MBA is a course that goes beyond passing a 16 papers. It's about presentation, knowledge application, improved analytical skills. Distance learning courses do not give you this.
Part time course are very short teaching time, barely able to finish the subject courses and no one working has time to do extra work that MBAs are expected to do. Again, what comes out is a very poor product.
When enough proper MBA are available, why will someone hire a part timer ?

From India, Mumbai
even people who go for full time mba they spend more 3lakhs for two years all institutions almost all , i have seen that students either dont be regular or have 2hrs of class and skip back to home , and sometimes even lecturers don't spend in teaching because they feel bore of teaching limited candidates ,its just money loss
From India, Hyderabad
I agree this has definitely been the scenario now a days but i would say that the best option to do a part time or an Executive MBA is to do it along with your job so that you can achieve a higher position inside your job profile by doing these higher education course.
From India, Mohali

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