Thanks for your response. You really pointed out some valid topics, but I partly disagree with you. The part-time program will take me three year and is very close to full-time one at ucla in terms of coursework. Instead of all these courses studied in two years in a full-time program, I would be studying same courses in three years. I would get a same degree as full-time students get.
I agree with you that XL is an elite management institute. Perhaps not as much as IIM-ABC, but XL is greatly respect by people of Indian origin. This is exactly my point. People from other countries do not know about XL.
XL might have have maybe 1 docter, lawyer and an army officer in a class of 100, but a huge majority would be recent engineering graduates, who got admission because of their exceptional abilities of scoring well in entrance exams. I am skeptical that I would learn much from these fellows.
Thanks for brainstorming with me.
The choice u have to make also depends on how hard do u want to push yrself.. ?
A part-time course by its inherent nature is not going to match up to the rigour that u will have to undergo at XL... The learning , the torture, the pressure...will UCLA give u that ? it is good to have diversity in class.. lekin us cultural diversity ka kya ? .. how does diversity help in learning finanicial managment ?? and remember XL too has a fair share of docters, lawyers, Army captains and CAs... yeah it wont have musicians or ballerina dancers...but u will learn and learn well..
I dont know the scene of placements in the US.. but what i have heard is not that great.. us companies hesitant to take on indian talent.. A hazaar visa troubles..
people say IIMs and XLRI are big names in india .. i thinks thats wrong.. i think IIMs and XLRI are big names AMONG indians all across the world.. -wherever they are... u go to any indian manager working in any part of the world and tell him u are a XLRI guy.. u will get respect from that guy ..probably much more than saying USC ...The point is that these schools offer instant and global Branding... comparable to H/S/W...
lastly .. with economies not doing great - go where there is demand.. the demand for talent is in india and it is now.!!!
as far global ranking of IIMs is concerned.. this is what is going to happen- MDI has already gotten a AMBA accredition.. IIM A is getting one soon.. the AMBA,EQUIS and AACRA.,, (not sure of the last one)
These accreditions are a big thing for foreign rankings .. and since the IIMs come under the respected MHRD which wants a tender on replacing water coolers also!!.. these things take time...
so dont go by rankings.. cos thats not the true picture..
These are my probably incorrect and biased opinions.. but i thot u needed a undimplomatic answer..albeit biased..
@sonic.. keep the faith ..and dun worry .. i am sure all of us will be more than glad to help out in any way we can... and yeah .. u got age on your side.. and a great chance to spice up your extra-cirrics..
best of luck..