September 30, 2010Rankings and their relevance
India's Best B-schools (BT cover, October 3) offers a credible measure of the quality of MBA education at top management institutes. Though I am kind of burnt out on B-school rankings cranked out by business publications of all hues, I hope MBA hopefuls will find yours more relevant and useful in deciding which school to attend.
BT 's Rankings
I was shocked to see that TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal, was placed at No. 50 in your India's Best B-schools rankings. We are not convinced that due care was taken in collating the data. Your representative could have visited our campus before publishing such results.
-Prof. Chowdari Prasad, Chairman - Branding & Promotion Committee, TAPMI, Manipal
BT's B-schools survey is a perception- based ranking covering 1,449 respondents in 13 Indian cities and conducted by globally respected consumer research firm Nielsen & Co. Please refer to page 54 of the issue for details of the survey methodology. Data compiled by BT staff runs from pages 150 through 158. - Editor
Just for the dough
I wish your cover story helped find out what MBA applicants think is the biggest motivator for applying to B-schools. Are they really interested in business and the way it shapes society or are they only after salary and career boosts?
-Neeraj Thakur, Pune
Innovations in health care
It's encouraging to know that the Indian pharma industry is ready to throw up more effective, differentiated and affordable health-care solutions (Biosimilars Beckon, BT, September 19). But how well we reap the benefits of the biosimilars revolution will depend on how fast those innovations are introduced in the Indian market and how their advantages are maximised to cover a wide therapeutic spectrum.
-Dr Navneet Wadhwa
So much speculation about Ratan Tata (CEO Watch, BT, September 19) has piqued me into writing a short poem on his retirement and succession: Very modest are Ratan's wishes and desires/ For life after he finally retires/ He doesn't want to leave on a wheel chair/ But wants to quit early and smell the fresh air/ Having devoted decades to the house Tatas built/ May he find a worthy successor to his empire/ And leave the house shipshape when he retires.
-J.S. Broca, Delhi
Don't Look, We Are Changing (BT, September 19) draws an unfair comparison between K.V. Kamath and Chanda Kochhar, who took over the reins of ICICI Bank at a time when India and the world was facing rough financial weather.
-Bal Govind, Noida