Why MBA-HR is Going to Get Hotter?

CoolAvenues Newswire | February 12,2014 01:49 pm IST

For those of you with prior work experience, here are some simple questions.


Who was the person representing the company when you first walked in for an assessment interview? Possibly, a guy from the HR department of the company, taking care of recruitments.

For those of you who have had issues with the management or have at any stage switched jobs, who was the person who played the role of ears and mouth of the company? Again a person from the HR department.


Your experiences might vary from firm to firm but the point that the HR department is an important representative of the company has been made.


In fact HR is the sole department taking care of a company's internal marketing. You will be happy or unhappy with your firm depending upon the extent to which the people from this department have understood the HR policies of your firm and employed them for your benefit.


The idea of viewing HR as an independent corporate activity deserving credit is a pretty recent one in India.


There are many reasons why HR might have been relegated to the shadows of its more dashing cousins like marketing, finance and operations. A few prominent ones being - 


1. The wretched salaries being offered till very recently to HR professionals. (This is changing.)

2. Lack of corporate backing to educational institutions, which are churning out HR professionals.

3. The general perception of students about HR being a "common sense" discipline not worth specializing in.

4. Lack of apparent "Power" and "Glamour" associated with an HR profile.


I will try to address the above-mentioned concerns / misconceptions over the next few paragraphs.

The first point will soon loose its sting for the better as the trend at India's various prominent B-schools reflects. MDI Gurgaon has reported a 100% placement of its HR program students at a whopping average salary of INR 8.0 Lac per annum. Similar figures have been reported by colleges like XLRI and SCMHRD Pune and IIM Lucknow.


A similar script is being re-enacted at other lower-rung B-schools of India like Welingkar's and IMT Ghaziabad.


As far as the second point goes, HR as a function is a low strength domain at most of the Indian B-schools (almost 2000 now) in the sense that typically the percentage of students who decide to be part of this stream at B-schools hovers at around the 10% mark.


Resources being limited, the dominant streams like marketing and finance end up getting a larger resource quota allocation, and thus, the decline cycle of HR as a discipline starts. It starts with the hiring of less qualified faculty due to monetary constraints, translates into lower level of corporate interest due to the low quality of faculty, and finally, it all adds up to paint a really gloomy picture of HR as a career option.


In simpler words, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy being enacted in the brains of MBA students - "Because there haven't been any good placements in HR in the previous years, students will not choose HR as a career. Since there would be a lesser number of students choosing HR, they would be getting lousy professors. Since they would be getting lousy professors, good companies won't recruit from their college, resulting in lousy placements. These lousy placements would spark off the initial idea of HR not being a good option."


The smaller institutions in this manner are proving detrimental to the cause of HR as a discipline. They have their task cut out, if they mean to lift HR from the status of an appendage, they would be better off bringing in renowned faculty for their students; otherwise it is just a hogwash to claim that they provide specialization in HR.


Well-established institutes like XLRI Jamshedpur, TISS, SCMHRD and MDI Gurgaon are doing a wonderful service to this discipline, the professors from these institutes have been taking up guest lectures at a gamut of other Indian B-schools thereby contributing to the overall development of the HR domain.

The third point is regarding the perception of HR as a "common sense" discipline not worth specializing in. In essence, HR incorporates within itself numerous other disciplines. Let us take the example of a recruitment process as an HR activity; you have been entrusted with the job of hiring employees for your firm, which means you are choosing the future workforce of your firm.


You need to make sure that they fit the desired profile, you need to make sure that they would stick around with your firm, you need to access their adaptability to a team set-up, you need to gauge their communication skills (I am not referring to their talk alone), you need to judge the potential of leadership in the person, and to add to all this, you need to pick the best from a nebulous mix of individuals after having compared them carefully.



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Guest on 07/12/10 at 07:59 pm

Mba in hra is best go for it

Kundan on 07/29/10 at 10:51 am

Dear Writer,
Your views are correct, in my opinion.
I would just like to mention that PGDM in HR from International Management Institute, New Delhi is also one of the best in the country. With the placements in best of the companies and with average salaries soaring above 6 lacs per annum this course is getting better in terms of producing good professionals.

ABHISHEK GHADAGE on 08/10/10 at 08:17 pm


raman on 08/10/10 at 09:32 pm

Hi Abhishek

In which university have you got admission?

and what medical fratnity do you belong to? are you a doctor or a pharmcy person or into para medics?

all depends upon your interest and passion

Guest on 09/08/10 at 11:34 pm

Hello Sir...I am from biotech background and i have got admission in HR in National Institute Of Technology.How it will help my career prospects..

shivanjalo on 10/11/10 at 04:27 pm

in which feild mba is more acceptable??

Manash Kumar Singha on 10/24/10 at 04:13 pm


I am currently employed with a MNC BPO in kolkata at the entry level and i have graduated in information technology. I am and was always interested in an HR profile and hence have decided to enroll myself in an MBA program and specalize in HR. However, sir, due to various reasons there has been a gap of two years from the time i completed my graduation till the time i would enroll myself in the course. Do you think this gap would hamper my chances in future? Also since a BPO experience is not accounted for in any other sector, do you think an HR specialization will be a good choice for me?

Thanking you and awaiting your kind gestue back

Manash Kumar Singha

admin on 10/24/10 at 04:55 pm


HR as a career is good choice and if you are interested in this, you can make it big.

2 years gap is not a big deal. just have a ready made good answer.

Guest on 11/21/10 at 01:55 pm

hai sir, I am from medical background, Is higher secondary mathematics knowledge is needed for MBA in Hr... Paramedical student now...

Guest on 11/21/10 at 01:57 pm

hai sir, I am from medical background, Is higher secondary mathematics knowledge is needed for MBA in Hr... Paramedical student now...

Aimal khan Watan Yar on 12/06/10 at 11:25 pm

sir i have passed the Bsc in zoology Botany Chemistry and i have intrest in two courses one is MBA HR and other is LLB now what i do

Aimal khan Watan Yar on 12/06/10 at 11:25 pm

sir i have passed the Bsc in zoology Botany Chemistry and i have intrest in two courses one is MBA HR and other is LLB now what i do

Aimal khan Watan Yar on 12/06/10 at 11:25 pm

sir i have passed the Bsc in zoology Botany Chemistry and i have intrest in two courses one is MBA HR and other is LLB now what i do

Aimal khan Watan Yar on 12/06/10 at 11:25 pm

sir i have passed the Bsc in zoology Botany Chemistry and i have intrest in two courses one is MBA HR and other is LLB now what i do

Guest on 12/28/10 at 04:10 pm

biotech is no way related to hr..
after spending four yrs if u jump to hr .. its ur biggest mistake
those 4 yr is an utter waste.
i did that and now i am suffering..
wenever u atted interview they bombord u wit questions like
reasons for such shift in course, r u weak at this subject..
don u feel that u wasted 4 yrs...

Guest on 12/29/10 at 06:02 pm

Well right now i am doing my graduation HISTORY HONS. 3rd yr. And i have interest in MBA HR, i want to go in professional line.. so i want to ask that if i go for MBA HR, is it good for me?? Or should i go for something else? please help me out, i am confused!

admin on 12/30/10 at 12:09 am

Go for TISS, if you are particularly interested in this very specialization.

Guest on 12/30/10 at 03:22 pm

Thank you so much! really its a great help for me..

admin on 12/30/10 at 04:46 pm

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Ravneet Kaur on 12/30/10 at 05:26 pm

hello sir/maa`m,i am doing b.sc. nursing,punjab,after graduation i want to go for MBA HR.is it benificial for me or not?

Shruti on 12/31/10 at 10:50 pm

Hi Sir,

Roght now i'm workin for an MNC, technical department.I did comp sci engineering.Want to shift my line to HR. Is it possible for my career graph to grow as much as it does in any technical team?


stephen on 01/01/11 at 08:20 am

Hi Shruti

Carerr graph growth depends on two things

i) your passion and interest in job
ii) sector growth

if you are good in tech and breathe comp science it will grow very fast but if u are not having so much fun and think HR can be great, you can look at HR as HR is also a good growth area. Aim at XLRI , TIss etc

Guest on 02/05/11 at 02:52 pm

Hi all,

I have done my engineering in IT and presently ,I am working with a reputed software company.I am planning to pursue MBA in HR.
I would be thankful if someone would guide me about this field.I would like to know all the responsibilities that a person takes as an HR of a company.


Guest on 02/27/11 at 04:18 pm

i m in finalyr physitherapy...i m thinking of mba from one of the most reputed colleges in india instead of doing masters in my field..
i want to know wether my decision is right or not??plz reply..

yippeeeeeee on 02/27/11 at 11:07 pm

if you want to grow in the management path then its a right decision and if you are just motivated by high earning jobs in management then...........think again

Guest on 03/21/11 at 09:51 pm

i am working as a software developer and I am planning to pursue MBA in HR.Is this experience of mine will gonna be beneficial for me and i am bit confused about a simple interview question that after 2 years of experience in different field why HR??? can u plz help me out.

Guest on 03/21/11 at 09:55 pm

i am working as a software developer in a firm.i am planning to pursue MBA in HR.Is this experience of mine will gonna be b beneficial for me. and i am a bit confused about a simple interview question that after 2 years of experience in different field why HR???sir,can u plz help me out??

masood on 05/09/11 at 05:59 pm

sir,i have completed my mba hr through igno and presently works as a teacher in govt school for past 4 years is this experance gives me weitage if i chose an hr related profession

srikanth on 08/06/11 at 02:57 pm

hi sir,I did my bsc in computer now i joined in MBA now iam going to take H.R as major and I.T as my minor it correct path for me.How will be growth in H.R

Guest on 09/05/11 at 04:25 pm

I'm an MBA fresher with HR & System specialization... I would like to do some part time courses.. I would b thankful if you guide me through t....

nehagundre on 09/24/11 at 09:10 pm

i'm doing engg in compuer sci.hav interest but have real interest in stock market, news, finance, and marketing developing ideas 4 product..........want 2 do MBa 4 sure but which field i'm confuse please tell me a field which will have management in computer ,marketing ,stock and enterprenurship.hav leant abt INFORMATION technology in mBA....but is this appropriate and does IIM provides this program...now in 2nd year.please reply.i hav free time of 6 months do u know any short course in stock market analysis,reseach anything related to stock which will get me a certificate in stock govt recognised.

Nikita on 09/26/11 at 12:48 pm

Neha, I would suggest you to go with your interest. Because if you don't have any interest in other area then it would be worthless. So Doing MBA in finance or Marketing would be an added advantage for your career.

You will get a chance to select a stream in second year of your MBA, so do not worry about this.

Plan well for CAT preparation. I would also suggest you to concentrate on your b.tech because it your marks will play important role to make it to IIMs

anthonymarcia on 09/27/11 at 02:33 pm

Thanks for providing such useful information.This article is incredibly helpful
thanks a lot.

Guest on 11/04/11 at 04:02 pm


I completed my BA LLB this year and i am currently working . My query is two fold.
Firstly is there any scope for a Law Graduate after MBA, if not in Finance ? and Secondly what would make my profile better and why ... MBA in HR or MBA in Marketing. I am personally more inclined towards MBA in HR, however due to my limited knowledge in this field i am unsure if it would be of any help.

Ps.It wont matter if i lose touch with my law field in the long run.

Kindly advise,