grt to learn u think this way, bt i must inform u that i hav already filed a case against d insti through my lawyer.............i don like fake things n i act against d same n there r people to back me
i was anyway not goin to take admission as this was not a full fledged prep for me bt wht disturbed me was d failure to convert such a tucchha call
kripasingh19 Saysnow i agree wid u, yes seats r sold. i always knw ths, but never thought to this extent dat allll.............seats can b sold., it happend in 2007 when al seats were sold but admissions were canceled n dean was sacked after board members intervened, let's hope d same happens again
I am a second year student at Welingkar. I would like to give you a balanced but honest view on the institute after going through this thread.
There are several parameters that we use to judge an mba institute like:
5. Brand Equity
6. Management Quota
1. Faculty: As far as the faculty are concerned, I would say that the faculty is ok. We do have a mix of teachers as well as industry people. I personally feel that the faculty could be better, but it is decent. In certain fields like finance, we have some very good professors, who are very practical in their approach. Every institute has its share of good and bad teachers. I would rate the faculty as 6.5/10
2. Placements: The placements at Welingkar are truly terrible. I am not talking about the placements this year which are on the whole terrible across institutes, but I witnessed placement week for the 2007 -08 batch as well and was not impressed. The figures quoted on the website are misleading.(most colleges do that...
) Whilst there are a handful of good profiles and packages on campus, the average of 7 lakhs is definitely inflated. In 2007, when the economy was doing well, the average package was actually somewhere around 5 lakhs (if you remove the international offers which is what spikes up the numbers). The people who were placed on day 0 and day 1 received offers between 6-8 lakhs, with 1-2 offers of 10 lakhs. The 17 lakh package which is quoted as the highest domestic package was not on campus. The student used his own contacts, the company did not even come on campus to recruit. From day 2 onwards, the packages fell drastically to 3-4 lakhs. If you are a lateral, I would definitely not recommend Welingkars because you are unlikely to get a lateral profile or package. For freshers, its a good option.
Also, placements are the best in Marketing. Marketing students are usually offered sales profiles. (which i believe is the norm in most colleges). Finance placements are always bad and the usual profiles for finance students are sales and relationship management. HR & Ops placements for the '08 batch were good but this year are non-existent. I would rate the placements as 1.5/10
3. Research: There is absolutely no focus on research or case studies. Infact, Welingkar is not at all an academically oriented institute. In our college extra curriculars are valued more. Unfortunately, the extra curriculars are not at all relevant. They are activities like dahi handi and cricket matches. I would rate the research orientation as 2.5/10
4. Infrastructure: The infrastructure at Welingkar is amazing. We have plush interiors, wi-fi networks, airconditioning etc etc. This is one area, noone can complain about. I would rate the infrastructure as 10/10
5. Brand Equity: Welingkar is not a well known brand outside of Mumbai or Bangalore. Even within Mumbai, several top companies refuse to recruit at Welingkar. We have a certain reputation in the industry. Industry people find that students are not up to the mark in terms of basic concepts. This is usually for two reasons. One - We have a trimester system (in the PG course) and so all our knowledge is superficial & Two - Most of our students are lazy and uninterested, usually spoilt rich kids. Unfortunately, Welingkar is excellent in its branding abilities and thus prospective students are made to feel that the Welingkar tag is worth something. I would rate the brand equity of Welingkar as 5/10
6. Management Quota: Well.... whatever has been said about management quota is true. Welingkar has barely any merit seats. Most of the seats are paid seats. In the graduating batch, there are 180 students in the core PGDM batch. We can safely say that approx 80% of these students are on management quota. Infact, students at Welingkar freely admit that they have paid for their seats, they seem to be proud of it. The amount depends on who you know or don't know, your profile and how early or soon you approach the institute. The amount varies from 15 lakhs - 30 lakhs (it's insane - i know!!!!)
Well, thats everything that I could think of. I've tried to be as neutral as possible so that potential applicants have a good idea of what's in store. I would like to add, that I have had a good time in Welingkars for two years. I made good friends and enjoyed attending college. However, if you ask me about value-add, well i dont really think there was much of that.
All the best to everyone for their MBA admissions!
kripasingh19 Saysi had 83 n XAT, wid gud acads, a gud GD n a brilliant PI . Following were the remarks by the interviewer- 1. Very good accent n compared me wid d likes of Americans n Britishers 2. Grt communication skills 3. Very Gud attitude n i asnwered al queries n a good way, with flawless english skills .............Was sure wil get thru, m still not over it, n don know what else i needed for a gud interview..................n Krissh i was d boy sittin oposite tht gal who spoiled d GD