The Indian retail industry is the fifth largest in the world and one of the fastest growing industries in India. The country is considered as the third most attractive market for retail investment in a list of 30 other emerging markets, according to AT Kearneys Annual Global Retail Development Index 2010.
As the retail sector grows bigger and bigger, there is an urgent requirement to bring in new talents familiar with the know-how of this fast changing sector at each and every stage. To cater to the rising demands for managerial manpower by the Retail Sector companies several established B-schools have started Retail specialization MBA courses. These are BIMTECH, KJ Somaiya, Welingkar, and others.
Envisioning to bridge the widening gap between the supply and demand of trained personnel in the retail industry, Future Group also entered the retail education sector in 2009 with Future Innoversity, as part of its Future Learning initiative.
Retail forms the core business activity of Future Group. Its chain of retail stores named Big Bazaar is already a big name in the retail world. Future Innoversity is offering specialized post-graduate and undergraduate programs viz MBA in Retail and BBA in Retail Services.
Mr. Kurien C K, Dean Academics & Placements, Future Innoversity, while talking to MBAUniverse.com, said that this sector offers great opportunity. The scope of the Indian retail market is immense, for this sector is poised for the highest growth over the next few years.
Justifying the boom of the Retail sector, Mr. Kurien C K said, Urban and rural areas are turning into high potential markets with more domestic and international players entering the field and existing ones stepping up their expansion drives. The growth of the Indian economy is manifesting itself in the growing purchasing power of its citizens and this is reflected in the way goods and services are bought and sold.
Observing on how the Retail sector has changed over the years, Mr. Kurien C K mentioned, Modern retailing has entered the retail market in India and is observed in the form of bustling shopping centers, multi-storied malls and the huge complexes that offer shopping, entertainment and food all under one roof.
Stating the scope of the growth pattern of the industry he said, A large young working population with median age of 24 years, nuclear families in urban areas, along with increasing working women population and emerging opportunities in the services sector are going to be the key factors in the growth of the organized retail sector. The growth pattern in organized retailing and in the consumption made by the Indian population will follow a rising graph making this sector the next boom industry.
Taking the Decision
If you are planning your career in the Retail Sector, then an MBA in Retail Sector would give you the opportunity to be an expert in the sector and make you a professional from the Day 1 of your career. But you may think whether to go with specialized MBA in Retail Sector or General MBA. If you are keen on a particular sector, such as Retail and you are sure that this is the area you want to pursue your career in, then you will find it easier to take the decision on whether to go for the specialized MBA or the general MBA.
Addressing the issue of general MBA vs. specialized MBA, Mr. Kurien C K stated, Management skills required for different industries are very different and a general management degree does not develop the student for any particular industry. Today employers are looking for freshers who can be effective from day one instead of spending one to two years learning the ropes of the business before they can start contributing. Also a lot of sectors including retail, logistics, health care, education, construction, etc face a huge dearth of skilled manpower at all levels and therefore there is a strong need for more sector specific specialized management courses for cultivating the required skills.
If you are keen to pursue your MBA in the academic year 2011-13, Future Innoversity is still conducting the admission process for the programs MBA Retail, MBA Supply Chain and BBA Retail Services, Certificate Program in Diploma in Retail and Distance learning program for BBA Retail. The session will commence from July 31, 2011.
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