You started in 2013; can you briefly take us through the journey of a few important achievements of your institution to get a sense of important service you have been rendering to real estate & construction industry?
RICS SBE was established in 2013 and is supported by leading real estate, construction & infrastructure firms as well as the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. It was set up to match the services that was being provided by real estate agents in rancho cucamonga to meet the huge shortfall of skilled professionals in this sector. I am proud to say that we are well on our way towards achieving that aim. Since its inception the School has enrolled 2500+ students and more than 2000+ trained and qualified alumni of our School are already working in the industry and making us proud by leaving their mark in the corporate world.
We are the only institute in India who has RICS accredited programs.A special feather in our cap has been that we are India’s first and so far,only institute to gain PMI GAC accreditation for our MBA in CPM program. All this ensures that the students are receiving world class education right here in India. I must say we have come a long way in such a short span of time.
In a very short span of time we have established relationships with universities in Asia, UK, Australia and US to build knowledge and thought leadership. We have collaborated with like-minded organizations to create an impact in education, research and thought leadership and the fact that we are now compared with the institutes which have been established almost over 50 years ago, speaks volumesof how far we have come in a very short time. With two fully functional campuses in Noida & Mumbai, we have over 70+ faculty with approx.1000 students currently studying in the campuses, almost over 500+ companies have visited us for recruiting our students.
How much important are RICS and Amity tags for your school?
RICS is the world’s leading self- regulatory global professional body in the field of built and natural environment established in UK in 1868. Our membership of RICS or MRICS as one of the most pre-eminent global qualification in the field of built environment is a statement of quality in itself. So we have built in commitment to maintain exemplary standards and guarantee the highest quality advice and service. Ditto for Amity. Amiity University is one of the leading academic institutions of India, wherein over 95,000 students are pursuing over 240 programs, spread over a total of 1000 acres of campuses. So being part of family is a great feeling. Our founders believe in the principle of nation building through education. They want to transform the nation through education and have started institutions which will groom young future leaders to be complete, value-driven human beings and competent professionals with a deep passion for humanity.
Can you tell our student readers who aspire for a career in real estate and construction, what are broad criteria for the programs that your school offers?
Yes, we do have specific eligibility criteria for each of our programs and you can view the details on our website.
For MBA- We accept the scores of national level management entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT etc. The detailed eligibility criteria is:
Minimum 50% marks in Graduation with minimum score of MAT – 500/GMAT – 500 / CMAT – 150 Or percentile in CAT/XAT – 75 / NMAT – 60, Or Amity Written Test on the day of Interview.
Student should have passed 10+2 grade with minimum 60% marks.
Graduation (min 50%)
Student should have passed 10+2 grade with minimum 55% marks.
We have a new student intake capacity of 600 combined between the two campuses with Noida having a capacity of 350 while Mumbai 250. 60% of the intake is for construction programs while 40% is for the real estate programs.
In terms of cost and scholarships, how do your programs compare with other programs/standard MBAs?
The cost of pursuing a comparable MBA program in India ranges from INR 15-25 lakhs and if one chooses to go abroad to pursue a similar program than it would cost in the range of INR 70 lakhs -1 Cr depending on the institute and the specialization. In comparison to these our MBA programs are quite cost effective as we allocate large parts of our budget and effort to bring cutting edge resources to our students so that we can provide them with a world class futuristic education that is relevant in their chosen field. We expose and train them in new software, techniques and technology which would be an asset for them in their career and ensure that they are also future ready.
The total cost of 2 years of our MBA programs is 11.90 lakh, for 3-year BBA 9.24 lakh, and for one-year PGDFM program it is 4 lakhs.
We have tie-ups with many national and private banks for provisioning of education loans to students if required. We also have slab-based scholarship programs to support meritorious and needy students.
Interdisciplinary education is being touted as the desirable form of education even in the proposed education policy, you are being part of a university, how much of it applies to your courses. Also, why don’t you offer architecture?
I am in complete agreement with the focus on interdisciplinary education and Amity university provides great opportunity to students through a choice-based curriculum design to pursue interdisciplinary education. However, we started the School of Built Environment to address the skills gap that exists in the industry and our objective was to provide professionals who possess the relevant skills and competencies. Further, even Built Environment itself has various disciplines primarily, construction, real estate and infrastructure. Our programs are designed in a manner where the students have the option to choose interdisciplinary courses through electives, like a student from construction management program can choose courses from real estate program and vice a versa. This helps them achieve a better overall understanding of the other domains and opens more employment avenues as well.
Is architecture also part of this enrichment?
Amity University does offer an architecture program however architecture only deals with the design aspect of the built environment. Our programs are techno-managerial programs that provide knowledge on the technical and management aspects of the built environment, Graduates from architecture and engineering colleges constitute most of our student intake. Our country has number of good architecture colleges and adding more to the list may not help our objective.