ISBM, Pune

Founded in 2000 by Dr Pramod Kumar and Dr Saroja Asthana, the International School of Business and Media (ISB&M) today has a strong alumni base of around 65,000 former students.

The institute offers post-graduate diploma in management (PGDM) programmes, approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in various disciplines like marketing, human resource, finance and, insurance and risk management. In addition to these, there are other specialisations available such as retail, operations and supply chain management and media management.

At the graduation level, the college offers a bachelor of commerce (B.Com.) programme along with a certificate programme in finance and accounts; a bachelor in science (B.Sc.) programme in mass communication, advertising and journalism along with a certificate programme in media and communication; and a bachelor in business administration (BBA) programme along with a certificate programme in management.

Admissions at ISB&M begin every year in the month of October. Candidates need to score a minimum of 50 per cent in, either, Common Admission Test (CAT), Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT), Management Aptitude Test (MAT) or Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).

This is followed by a group discussion and an interview round. The idea behind this is to evaluate students on the basis of their communication skills, articulation, team work, perspective, body language and quality of content. Generally, for compiling the final result, 60 per cent weight is given to the selection process, another 30 per cent is given to the candidate’s past academic performance and remaining 10 per cent depends on the kind of work experience the candidate has.

Its campus in Pune, India, is spread across 12 acres of lush greenery. A set of six classrooms with a seating capacity of 86 students and another set of 18 classrooms with a seating capacity of 30 to 60 students each form the backbone of the institute.

The campus also has a vast library, a well-equipped Information Technology section, a swimming pool, hostel facility, several cafes, a canteen, an amphitheatre and an auditorium.

Believing that “every student is important”, ISB&M has around 45 faculty members. For the batch of 2013-15, around 248 students enrolled in its management course, 24 enrolled in their media course, 185 joined engineering and 85 joined its BBA course. It has a teacher-student ratio of 1:15.

A’Sharqiyah University

A’Sharqiya University (ASU) is a private institution of higher education established in the Sultanate of Oman with the aim of providing world class education to its people. It was established in 2009. ASU, in association with Texas Technological University and Oklahoma State University, has designed academic programmes that conform to the best international standards.

A large array of Bachelors degree programmes is offered in business administration, applied sciences and engineering. It endeavours to become an education powerhouse, providing quality study options and promoting research.

The institute plans to open colleges for medicine & health sciences and graduate studies in the years to follow. Course curriculums, teaching methodology and infrastructure are constantly upgraded in a bid to maintain high international standards.

Scholarships, endowments and financial donations bankroll the Student Support Fund which, in turn, helps the disadvantaged but deserving candidates.

ASU is managed by a team of qualified professionals and academicians under the University Council including Dr Abood Al Sawafi, Vice-Chancellor; Dr Steve Reames, Dean of Business Administration; and Dr Brian Thompson, Dean of Engineering.

It is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman, and houses an IC3 approved Training and Testing Center. IC3 (Internet and Computing Core Certification) is a global programme certifying digital literacy skills in basic computer and Internet use that is fully recognised by the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) of US. Presently, the university is home to some 1,100 students and scholars enrolled in a wide range of programmes.

Representatives from countless organisations and enterprises come to A’ Sharqiya to deliver guest lectures and attend conferences and workshops.

The university offers state-of-the-art facilities to its students. The campus is furnished with a university clinic, a cafeteria, two prayer rooms, separate gymnasiums for boys and girls and hostels for girls.

The university has started various student activity groups – theatre, culture, public service, etc – to ensure the leaders of tomorrow are physically fit, ethically sound and socially responsible. The university is funded through a strict process in line with the Oman government’s rules and regulations.

Lingaya’s University

Lingaya’s University, formerly Lingaya’s Institute of Management and Technology, was established in 1998 to promote excellence in professional education in engineering, technology, architecture, management, education, science and humanities.

Located in Faridabad in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, the university strives to build the professional skills of its students. As the Indian economy marches ahead to compete on the global arena, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to steer this giant ship. Lingaya’s University aims to fulfil this void by providing industry-based education to its students.

The university has a well-qualified faculty who are carefully selected on the basis of their accomplishments. There are a total of 14 professors, 28 associate professors, 67 assistant professors, 27 lecturers and 42 doctoral degree holders on the university’s faculty. Also, the students pursuing post-graduate courses are required to teach as part of their curriculum.

To meet the increasing demand for a range of courses, the university is always in the process of augmenting the infrastructure facilities and technology upgrade for providing a healthy educational atmosphere for its students.

Dr. R K Chauhan, the Vice-chancellor, has guided the university into a partnership with the University of New Orleans (UNO) for transfer of credits of bachelors degree programmes in various engineering disciplines. The degree will be awarded jointly by the Lingaya’s University and the University of New Orleans.

It has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Michigan State University in the field of construction management to foster international cooperation between Lingaya’s department of architecture and School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan University. Besides, there is strategic alliance between Lingaya’s and Webster University, Bangkok, and Graduate Institute of Science and Management, Sri Lanka.

The admission in the university is conducted on the basis of merit on all India basis.

Students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. Some of the major activities in which students are involved include a Mega Cultural Fest-ZEST, which runs for three days. Students who have a flair for technology can look forward to Tech-Fest and Technomania.

Other activities which are held from time to time include an annual sports meet, a science carnival, English Society Day celebration, blood donation camp and also a UN Parliament.


The media and entertainment industry is poised to double by the year 2017, according to industry body FICCI’s estimate. A lot of media professionals will be required to man this rapidly growing sector. The Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) is trying to fill this gap by training students who will join the fast evolving media and entertainment industry. ZIMA is a venture of Zee Learn Ltd of the Essel Group, which also runs the ZEE Network, one of India’s largest media and entertainment companies.

ZIMA was designed to be a blend of cutting-edge technology and traditional expertise. A flexible learning environment bolsters free flow of ideas among students and ZIMA keeps this in mind while designing its courses. It offers bachelors and masters degree programmes in film making and various short term specialised courses. The institute’s admission is based on an entrance test conducted by the university or an agency authorised by the university to hold the exam on its behalf. The final list of successful candidates is drawn on the basis of total marks obtained in the written test, group discussion and individual interview.

The faculty comprises industry experts who have rich experience in various fields of media studies. The institute has more than 70 mentors whose emphasis is on imparting hands-on training in studios, in addition to hosting regular interactive sessions. One of the faculty members, Vikrant Hajare, is a Steinberg-certified trainer. ZIMA is also India’s only Steinberg-certified institute for its programmes in sound engineering.

Keeping with the requirements of a modern media institute, ZIMA has technologically advanced camera and sound equipment, non-linear editing suites, advanced software for computer graphics and other equipment for students to master the technical aspects of film making. The institute has a well-stocked library with latest journals and VCDs/DVDs of films. Students are exposed to outdoor shooting experience as well.

Students at ZIMA have to engage in practical exercises like making short films, documentaries, ad films and music videos. They are also required to bring out a magazine called ZIMAG which publishes all the latest updates about the institute. To provide practical exposure on how films are made, students are taken to live shoots and production houses.

“In future, ZIMA plans to expand to Asia, Middle East & South Africa,” says Pradip PIllai, COO, Zee Learn.


Zee Institute of Creative Art has been training students to become quality professionals In the field of animation and designing for the past 17 years. The institute was founded in 1995 by ZEE Learn Limited, a part of the Essel Group. Zee Learn is one of the fastest growing education companies in India with a chain of K-12 schools and pre-schools. The institute is supported by Zee Network, which is one of India’s largest television, media and entertainment companies with viewership in 168 countries.

ZICA offers three degree programmes – bachelors of science in animation & visual effects, animation film making and visual effects film making – in association with Himgiri Zee University, Dehradun. The selection procedure is based on an entrance test followed by a personal interview which is conducted by the university or an agency that has been authorised by the university to hold the examination on its behalf. The institute also runs various diploma and certificate programmes in the areas of web designing, visual effects, film making and animation film making.

The faculty is selected through a centralised selection process before being inducted into the system. It has more than 25 centres in all major cities across India. The institute keeps pace with the rapidly evolving world of animation and design. The training studio is equipped with high-end animation tools, 2D animation facilities, 3D software, visual FX labs and imaging technologies.

Students at ZICA have a number of extra-curricular activities which supplement the education received by them. It includes clay modelling, clay animation, stop motion, photography, quick sketching, and face painting among others. The alumni network at ZICA has grown over the years since its inception. The institute is planning to expand to South Africa and different parts of Asia.


Constantly ranked among the top five business schools of India, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) was founded in the year 1949 by Father Quinn Enright in Jamshedpur. As old as the Constitution of India, the institute was built on Father Enright’s vision: “renewing the face of the earth”. The courses have been brought up to speed with the changing times over the years. Starting with courses in management and trade unions, XLRI now offers programmes for varied segments of students by the way of part-time and virtual interactive learning in addition to its portfolio of full-time, flagship management programmes in business management, human resource management and general management. It was on the strength of such diverse programmes on offer that XLRI was ranked the best B-school in India by Competition Success Review in 2012.

Its Global MBA Programme is offered in partnership with the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (USA) and Tongji University (China). The programme is split in three phases conducted in Jamshedpur, Cleveland and Shanghai respectively.  With a capacity of 60 students, this two-year programme has 20 students each from India, USA and China. Those with a Bachelor’s degree of minimum three years or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised university from India or abroad are eligible to apply. Candidates with an experience of minimum three years are given preference for Global MBA.

Each of its two-year full time post-graduate programmes in human resource management and business management have 180 seats available. Its 15-month PGDM (General Management) is offered to 120 selected candidates. It also offers Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and Non-residential Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM).

XLRI has seen many of its students reach the pinnacle of success. V Nathan (Director Talent, Deloitte Consulting India); B. Muthuraman (Vice-Chairman, Tata Steel); Jaspal Bindra (Group Executive Director & CEO (Asia), Standard Chartered Bank); Rakesh Kapoor (Chief executive of Reckitt Benckiser plc.); Sanjiv Bhasin (GM & CEO, DBS Bank India) and Vineet Nayar (former Vice-Chairman & Joint managing director, HCL Technologies Ltd.) are just a few names.

The XLRI Jamshedpur campus is spread over 50 acres with the scenic setting of the Dalma Hills in the North and Tata Steel in the South.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure includes syndicate rooms, eight air-conditioned amphitheatre classrooms, an air-conditioned examination hall, a computer centre with latest servers and workstations, excellent sporting and recreation facilities and comfortable residences for students and the staff.

The computing resources at XLRI include latest workstations, 90 MBPS raw bandwidth WAN connectivity and high-end servers.