MBA, the asynchronous way

MBA, the asynchronous way

New Delhi: Subash Bijlani, professor of practice, business and executive programs, University of Maryland University College, USA, has students from as varied backgrounds as possible — from a 60-year old grandmother of a home-run enterprise to a businessman wanting to do his second MBA.

(Click here to watch an interview with Subash Bijlani)

df16caa8-8005-11dd-ae2e-000b5dabf613.flvBijlani is a great advocate of ‘asynchronous learning’, a concept that began to be talked about in the late 1990s. According to Bijlani, asynchronous learning is the best way of upgrading knowledge without making drastic changes in lifestyle or routine, and without the stress of sitting through competitive exams. These programmes are cost-effective and also allow executives the time and space to study as they wish. These, according to him, are major plus points for a mid-to-senior level executive or manager.

Asynchronous learning is different from online learning, where X and Y have to be physically present. Web pages replace video for lectures and e-mail replaces surface mail for student-teacher correspondence.

Bijlani says that given a choice, most working adults want learning opportunities in life. And if they have to stay ahead of the competition and keep growing as individuals and professionals, they have to keep learning, as obsolescence of knowledge has reached a stage where in certain technologies it is less than six months.