In conversation with Piyush Nangru, Co-founder & COO, Sunstone Eduversity
How is Sunstone Eduversity’s MBA curriculum different from that of others?
Since the onset of the pandemic, corporates had to bring-in many changes, whether welcome or not. This has led to the new corporate revolution where industries demand rapid upskilling, especially from new graduates. B-schools are still struggling to keep up with the dynamic industry requirements. Sunstone Eduversity, however, stood out in the post-covid era as a front-leader. By adapting quickly, keeping the course content relevant to the changes in the market, and leading with technology, Sunstone viewed this uncertainty as an opportunity.
Sunstone Eduversity emphasizes on its technology-enabled education delivery which is facilitated by its industry-aligned faculty. It has a very hands-on curriculum with practical interactive learning designed for efficiency. Based on the student’s progress, Sunstone Eduversity’s learning management system suggests personalized remedial methods, generated to strengthen and improve the student’s learning experience. Through tech-enabled teaching, it provides the students with a platform to learn, engage, and tread a tailored learning path. Assignments, quizzes, projects, and notes can be found all in one place on its LMS and it is easily accessible – anytime, anywhere.
Sunstone Eduversity’s Industry-aligned trainings, boot camps, and industry visits form a core part of the syllabus as it understands the need for a practical management curriculum that is at par with the changes in the industry.
How is Sunstone bringing about Financial Empowerment for its students?
In the present scenario, any aspirant that wants to pursue an MBA degree will have to first sort out the financial expenses that this degree typically incurs. Most of these MBA aspirants end up in the rat race by taking hefty loans and sometimes they might not even land a job.
But students at Sunstone don’t have to worry about these financial worries as it offers Pay–After–Placement model where the students need to pay a minimal registration amount and they can pay the rest of the fee after getting a job, thereby becoming financially strong and not financially debted.
Along with this, Sunstone provides the Sunstone Scholarship Test for meritorious students where they can avail scholarships up to INR 1 Lakh and that gets reimbursed towards the registration fee which reduces any barrier to entry. For this season, Sunstone has increased the number of scholarships to 300.
If any student has the financial support in place, then they can also opt for a Money-Back-Guarantee program wherein they can pay the complete charges at the beginning of the MBA program. Sunstone takes accountability for job placement in all of its models and if the student is unable to find a favourable job by the end of the course, they can reclaim this fee.
Overall, the emphasis is on getting every Sunstone student a job, irrespective of their financial standing. About 75% of Sunstone’s wards opt for the #PayAfterPlacement program which is also its driving force for providing accountable education, making them industry-ready, and finally getting them a job.
How is Sunstone supplying corporations and new-age businesses with industry-ready talent?
Sunstone’s curriculum has been designed by industry professionals who understand the pain-points & challenges every corporation faces. It is regularly-updated with every new change in the industry. For example, Sunstone Eduversity was the first to teach students about TikTok in its digital marketing specialization, which was later replaced by Instagram reels. So its students are adept & agile in learning the new trends that are popping up every day.
Unlike a 6-month internship, Sunstone focuses on internalizing soft skills & applied training with every student with a tailored 9-month internship. This is of utmost importance in bridging the gap between management students & industry, especially with fresh graduates.
In addition, Sunstone Eduversity has 10 tailored specializations that focus on the “do-er” role. Each specialization has its domain-specific events like boot camps, industry-speakers that give them a deeper insight into industry requirements & the future of job trends.
The Eduversity’s top achievers have bagged packages as high as 10 LPA & some of its alumni are currently working with various Fortune-500 companies.
What all aspects does Sunstone work upon to make its students readily employable?