Diminishing distance: Indian School of Business, India

With campuses in two different cities, the Indian School of Business decided to explore its options to enable distance learning. Actis Technologies details how it provided the business school with the perfect system.

Established in 1996, Indian School of Business (ISB) is a private business school that has risen quickly up the international rankings since its formation. It has established campuses in the Indian cities of Hyderabad, which was setup in 2001, as well as a new facility in Mohali, which was inaugurated in 2012.

Hyderabad and Mohali are more than 1,500km apart. The distance posed ISB some challenges with regards to communication and collaboration. Sachin Prabhudesai, vice president of projects at Actis Technologies, details some of the issues: “The management at ISB found that a key constraint preventing growth was the availability of faculty – for whom travelling between their campus locations (Hyderabad and Mohali) was very inconvenient. The management decided to test the viability of building their distance learning model with a pilot distance-education program using video collaboration technology as an enabler.”

He continues about the obvious benefits the right AV system would provide: “This [distance learning] would bring several benefits in addition to greater convenience to the faculty and lower travel costs. There was also the added benefit of simpler management of resources including classroom availability for sessions by the guest lecturers. Actis Technologies’ role was to conceptualise, design, implement, program and finally maintain the distance learning infrastructure.”

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