IIM Visakhapatnam, TimesPro inaugurates its first batch of the Executive MBA for Working Professional

Anish Srikrishna, CEO, TimesPro, Prof. M Chandrashekhar, Director IIM Visakhapatnam, D Shivakumar, Chairman and Independent Director, BurgerKing India and Prof. Happy Paul, Program Chairperson, IIM Visakhapatnam at the event.

The Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam welcomed its first batch of the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) for Working Professionals at its permanent campus in Ghambhiram, Visakhapatnam, recently. The EMBA programme has brought IIM Visakhapatnam into an elite league by becoming the second Indian IIM to offer an EMBA programme in a blended mode.

A special function was organised to officially commence the inaugural batch in the presence of Chief Guest, D Shivakumar, Chairman and Independent Director, BurgerKing India and Operating Partner, Advent International, Prof. M Chandrashekhar, Director IIM Visakhapatnam and Anish Srikrishna, CEO, TimesPro.

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) for Working Professionals will be conducted via TimesPro’s state-of-the-art Interactive Learning (IL) platform and delivered in Direct-to-Device (D2D) mode. It also includes two in-campus modules of five days each at the world-class GRIHA-5 Star-rated IIM Visakhapatnam campus. Prof. Happy Paul, Program Chairperson, mentioned that the EMBA Batch 2023-25 consists of 147 working professionals coming from diverse industries such as manufacturing, IT, banking, consulting, E-commerce, telecommunication, retail, etc., with an average work experience of over nine years. 

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. M Chandrasekhar, Director, IIM Visakhapatnam, said, “The programme will help learners understand new-age techniques and practices of business and help them better connect with organisations. Our institution and expert faculty will equip learners with next-gen skills to make a significant social, economic, and environmental impact on the business ecosystem.”

D Shivakumar, Chairman and Independent Director, BurgerKing India and Operating Partner, Advent International spoke about the significance of management and technology and highlighted instances of technological disruptions from the introduction of the telephone, mobile phones, television, computers, AI, and Chat GPT. “When the telephone was invented, the outcome was to have one in each town. Similar was the story of aeroplanes. When the unique identification number (UID), named “Aadhaar”, initiative was rolled out in India, nobody would have imagined the scale and reach of the same.”

Anish Srikrishna, CEO, TimesPro, said, “We are in a transformative era where management, technology, and data have taken precedence. This has made it imperative for professionals to upskill and brace for disruptions caused by technology. India’s new-age institutes of management like the prestigious IIM Visakhapatnam are classic example that has introduced programmes that are bridging the academic-industry divide with inclusive learning meant to encourage modern businesses. Programmes like the Executive MBA will aim to fulfil the aspirations of learners and give them an opportunity to upskill themselves in a highly competitive business landscape.”

About IIM Visakhapatnam Set up by the Government of India in September 2015, the Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam belongs to the prestigious IIM family of business schools. The Institute has developed cutting-edge pedagogy and classroom infrastructure and is equipped with the latest digital technologies in its word-class campus on approximately 241 acres of land in the vicinity of the upcoming green-field international airport in the ‘City of Destiny’, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

Composed of distinguished alumni of IIMs, IITs, and other premier institutions of India and abroad, the faculty at the IIM Visakhapatnam has impressive academic and research credentials. This cohort is complemented by visiting faculty and experts from the industry.

The Institute is constantly expanding its activity profile in scale and scope, offering distinctive academic and research programmes to meet the current and emerging opportunities in the industry and the government.

About TimesPro: TimesPro, established in 2013, is a leading Higher EdTech platform dedicated to empowering the career growth of aspiring learners by equipping them with skills to rise in a competitive world. TimesPro’s H.EdTech programmes are created to meet the rapidly changing industry requirements and have been blended with technology to make them accessible & affordable.

TimesPro offers a variety of created and curated learning programmes across a range of categories, industries, and age groups. They include employment-oriented early career programmes across BFSI, e-Commerce, and technology sectors; executive education for working professionals in collaboration with premier educational institutions like IIMs and IITs; and organisational learning and development interventions at the corporate level.

TimesPro also collaborates with India’s leading MNCs across varied sectors to provide upskilling and reskilling solutions to boost employability and create a robust workforce. TimesPro is a Higher EdTech initiative by the Times of India Group.

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