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In a bid to attract some of the brightest and the best, the Indian School of Business, in Hyderabad, has launched a pre-admissions strategy for students on undergraduate programmes who want to study business.

The Young Leaders Programme, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 programme, requires selected students to work for at least one year and nine months between graduating from their undergraduate degree and starting the ISB Postgraduate Programme in Management (the ISB MBA).

During the work period, students will attend contact programmes at the ISB campus every six months, which will focus on network and career opportunities.YLP participants will be eligible for both merit and need based scholarships once they begin the PGP.

“The ISB is proud to launch the Young Leaders Programme to identify and nurture leadership potential among young college students, who will assume the mantle of leadership tomorrow,” says Deepak Chandra, deputy dean of ISB . “The programme has been designed to enhance the leadership skills of these students through a structured process, which in turn will create a pipeline for the next generation of business leaders.”

YLP participants will account for around 10 per cent of admitted students every year, once the programme is implemented.

Harvard’s 2+2 programme pre-admits young managers into the two-year MBA on the condition that they complete two years of recognised work experience before attending the business school.


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