Month: April 2016

Difference Between MBA and PGDM

e11MBA Vs PGDM

What do MBA and PGDM stand for? MBA (Master of Business Administration) is a degree, while PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) is a diploma program. As per the norms of the UGC, Colleges/Institutes affiliated to a university can offer MBA degrees. The autonomous/private Business Schools which are not affiliated to any university can offer the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programs.

Hence, even apex institutions like IIM, XLRI, and SPJIMR offer PGDM and not the MBA degree since these institutions are autonomous bodies and are not affiliated to any university. As such, there is no difference in what is being taught in PGDM and MBA.

Curriculum:

However, the autonomous business schools frequently change the syllabus to meet the industry standards. A syllabus change in an MBA program is rare since the college offering the program has no authority to change syllabus. Before you make a decision you should also note that MBA programs are a lot cheaper than PGDM programmes.

Which is better: MBA or PGDM?

In an MBA degree, you will be provided with theoretical knowledge of management concepts and practices. Theoretical knowledge may be useful if you want to get into research. Also, the MBA syllabus is not amended very regularly as the college offering MBA has no authority to change the syllabus. This can be a major deterrent in the management arena because the real business environment is very dynamic and full of sudden unexpected changes. Hence, the MBA degree is more academic and theoretical in nature.

The PGDM programme, if done from an above average business school, will drill you with efficient training and will give you insights into real life business situations. It is more practical in nature. Since autonomous business schools have freedom to change syllabus, the PGDM programme will be structured in a manner most suitable to the real business environment.

However, the fact is that the industry treats MBA and PGDM graduates in an equal manner. Even in the global job industry, same treatment is given to MBA and PGDM graduates. In fact, the industry is concerned more with the skill set of the students rather than the degree. Hence doing either MBA or PGDM will have the same impact on your career. Your starting salary will depend more on the reputation and brand name of your college/business school and not on the degree name. Hence you must carefully choose your college/business school if you want to pursue an MBA or PGDM.

Research and Higher Education after MBA/PGDM:

You must note that not all Universities/Institutions accept PGDM as a Master’s equivalent for admission into their Ph.D programs. You will be eligible for Ph.D, if you complete MBA or you complete PGDM from AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) approved institutions.

Hence, if you wish to pursue Ph.D after MBA, you must make sure that you have either an MBA degree or a PGDM from AICTE approved institutions. If you wish to pursue your Ph.D abroad, it is always better to complete an MBA degree from any reputed college or university.

What I Learned In College About College

e10I was 17 when I was expected to choose a college based on what majors they offered that were in-line with what I wanted to do. I cringe thinking back on that! I could barely decide how to identify myself in the high school social arena, much less decide what I wanted to do with the next 50 years of my life.

Many adults don’t care to have meaningful conversations with 17-year-olds but expect them to make lifelong decisions about their future.

When I was a kid I loved reading about Jane Goodall and Penny Patterson’s work with her gorilla, Koko. I read books about animals constantly. I even took field notes during one summer about the life cycle of the butterflies in my backyard. I used to think that if I was only brave enough I would become a nature photographer and travel to remote parts of the world to record rare footage of beautiful creatures.

Somehow none of that was considered when I was looking for majors that were “in-line” with my interests. It was important to my parents that I became a professional, meaning doctor or lawyer. So I obediently let go of my “childish” passions and did what was expected.

At Queens, where I earned my first undergraduate degree, I took an ethics course with a renowned professor who would regularly stop the class to interject his thoughts on the importance of a year off between high school and college.

He talked about how it’s important for people to give themselves a chance to see who they are going to be in life before heading off to school. He believed that higher education should help you shape yourself into the best possible you.

As much as I agreed with him, it was already too late! During my time at Queens and for some time afterward, I would think back on his class and wonder if I had missed my chance.

I took a year off after Queens to study for the LSAT and sure enough, that’s when I had the chance to see who I was going to be in life. The hardest part was and still is acting on it. The last four and a half years has seen its fair share of setbacks and more than its fair share of debt.

Right now, I’m taking more time off of school while I give my daughter the care and attention she deserves. In order to contribute more than just childcare to my family, I work as many online gigs as I can come up with.

I’ve started outlining my shelter’s mission statement and coming up with ideas for its operations. I’ve downloaded (but not printed because ink is expensive) all the necessary forms to start my nonprofit. And now, whenever I’m not entertaining or feeding my toddler, I am writing new posts and ideas for this blog. Every day, I’m hustling!

The price of a college education is spiraling out of control, making it one of the most important investments many of us will ever make. It’s important that parents don’t push their agendas on their teens like my parents did and that we build teens up so they don’t let others make them feel silly for their aspirations.

Top 10 Must Have Apps for Students

e9College time is a challenging phase of the life. Everything you do, it can have good or bad effects on your future. Many challenges are waiting in your way and overcoming them would be quite simple for you, if you become a tech savvy guy. Today, every adult uses the Smartphone and it has become quite an essential part of our lives. Youngsters mostly use their cutting-edge smartphones for chatting, gaming and social networking, but this device was built for many other important works. Students can take advantage of this device to improve their knowledge and gain better grades in the exam.

You may get amazed by knowing that many graduates are using Smartphone apps to improve their skills. The app designers introduce some great features related to employment and education plans. The educational apps bring students on a platform, where they can share their study plans, notes and update each other with upcoming opportunities. Things become quite better and easier, when smart people work in collaboration with each other. You can ask some genius students of your class to download some useful apps and help you in your studies. We are listing the Top 10 Must-Have Apps for Students, which can make the study easier and more enjoyable for them.

Evernote:

When it comes to choose the note taking apps, experts suggest only Evernote. It is the best app that comprises features like creating, clipping and bookmarking important notes. Students can create a personal library to store essential notes related to their field. This app works as an amazing to-do list program. It holds records for your daily works and it shows notifications on right time. It is quite better than other bulky to-do-list apps. You can get Evernote app for both iOS and Android smartphones and it is compatible with all the web browsers.

CliffNotes:

It is an exceptional support for your learning. CliffNotes is an interesting app, which faculties hate the most. It preciously eliminates needs of books, if you download all the chapters related to your course in the app. It is free for iOS platform users and they can get it through the iTunes app store. Android users can also get the basic version of the app for free. This app introduces educational guide with digital layout. This app features Cream Plan for short time studies and Full Study Plan for complete study of the notes. Choose your plan and get it started now.

Duolingo:

There is no need to attend boring French or Spanish classes anymore because now you can have the most interesting source of learning exotic languages. Let’s download Duolingo and start learning any language you want. It comprises languages like English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and many others. You can download it for free from the iTunes or Google Play Store and start learning your favorite language.

Wolfram Alpha:

This app is a hug of information regarding any topic you need. You can use it to generate the current unemployment rate across the nation or world or find the solution for any complex equation. Wolfram Alpha comprises the best computing power that turns it into a great source of solutions. Search it on any famous app store and you will get it for free there. It is quite user-friendly and a smart app for your Smartphone.

Scanner Pro:

Now there is no need to find a digital scanner for scanning the copies of the documents. Scanner Pro is a great tool for Android, iOS and Windows platform based smartphones. It creates high-quality scan copies of documents, which you can attach in mails and then send it to your classmates and teachers. It is a great tool for sharing notes and other details on smartphones.

RefMe:

RefMe is quite a famous platform for referring projects and papers. It is widely used on the web and now it is also available as app. This would be quite easy to use, even better than the desktop site. Whether you want reference for your projects or for papers, use this app and you will find multiple references. This app is also the best guide for creating new projects with authentic references. All the daunting phases of projects become quite easier with this app.

Wonderlist:

When you have got a project to do in your college, at least three people would work on a project. It is necessary to keep records of how much work has been done and how much work is left to do. You can create a to-do-list by using Wonderlist and share it with your classmates to keep them updated. It helps you in finishing your job much faster. You can form reminders, set the time for completion of project and finish the work according to plan.

myHomework:

The maximum kids of 90s have used the paper planner to keep records of assignments, homework and tests. Many of us have forgotten it, but that paper planner is now turned into a digital app and it is famous as myHomework app. It is available for almost platforms and you can download this app from Google Play Store, iTunes or any other app store. It helps you in being updated with pending assignments, upcoming tests and projects. You will not miss any important date, if you use this app.

Sleep Cycle:

Every student hates waking up early in the morning. Many students don’t sleep enough and feel quite tired the next day. Sleep Cycle is built especially for those students, who don’t take healthy sleeps. It analyzes your sleeping pattern and helps you in taking healthy nap every night. Now no more tiredness and no more health issues because you will know that when you should sleep and when you should wake up in the morning.

Studious:

Nowadays, every student keeps the Smartphone in his pocket. This phone is quite essential for every person and sometimes it also becomes the reason of punishment. Suppose, you are in the class, the teacher is teaching a serious topic and your relatives or friends starts calling. This would be the worst part of whole day, if you have forgotten to silent your Smartphone. No teacher appreciates such misbehavior and you should be careful about it. After all, we are not machines, who can do everything perfectly. That’s why you need help of an app that can silent your Smartphone automatically during college time. Studious is that app, which you are searching for. You can set schedules of your class in this app and then feel tension free during the class time.