The Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), formerly known as the Symbiosis Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT), a Constituent of Symbiosis International University, Pune was established in 1992 with a view to provide quality management education in International Business following the economic liberalization efforts in 1991. SIIB is a premier Business school and is ranked as 21st Best B-School in India recently in the year 2022. Over the past thirty-one years, the Institute has focused on education, research and training in the field of International Business and other niche-based programmes to equip aspiring global managers with managerial, economic, legal and relevant technical competence. As part of the continued efforts to focus on global issues in Business, the Institute in 2004, created an industry-focused academic programme initiative on agribusiness related issues through a two-year full-time MBA programme (www.siib.ac.in). The programme is now in its twentieth year and in last 20 years it emphasized on various issues in agriculture like changing trends in agribusiness, digitalization in agriculture, strengthening of agri-market etc.
Agriculture is the back bone of Indian Economy with about 50 percent population engaged in agriculture and allied activities. India ranks second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture and allied sectors like forestry and fishing which accounts for about 18 percent of the GDP continues to be the mainstay of the Indian economy. Food is the crowning need of mankind and much emphasis is laid on commercializing agricultural production. Hence, adequate production and even distribution of food has lately become a global concern. Post globalization, the purchasing power of Indian consumer increased leading to a change in consumption pattern. This change has posed several opportunities for agribusiness management professionals.
Agribusiness is not only limited to production rather it is much broad term covering various aspects of production including input, post-harvest operations, support services and taking the produce to the market. Agriculture has long been seen as a sector with tremendous potential in India. In the last few years, the sector has seen an unprecedented gain with several government and private sector initiatives. In the current context, there is lot of potential for professional courses in Agribusiness Management, which helps students to become an agribusiness professional or an agripreneur. The MBA in Agribusiness is thus a response to this growing need for professionals, who can contribute to, and engineer the agribusiness revolution.
This programme is unique in its own way as it covers various managerial aspects in the context of agribusiness. At SIIB, apart from innovative pedagogy. The programme provides industry exposure to the students through regular sessions by industry professionals. A student pursuing an MBA in Agri Business possesses a high level of decision-making skills, and can go out confidently into the demanding and dynamic world of Agri Business Management. Along with core managerial courses like Financial Management, Marketing Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource, Supply Chain Management, some of the Agri specific courses taught at SIIB are as below:
Export potential Analysis of Agri commodity
Agriculture supply chain
Agri Input Marketing
Cold chain management for Agri and allied products