13th July 2004
Sona Institute Brings George Mason University To India
Sona Valliappa Group a brand name driven by quality and built by value has been associated with education since 1958. The group is diversified in BPO, Textiles and Plantation playing a pivotal roll in industry. Vee Technologies today launched Sona Institute of Advanced studies (SIAS). SIAS has tied up with George Mason University Washington (GMU) to offer courses in Change Management. The GMU will offer its Post Graduate degree programs through Bangalore center. The students will have full access to GMU faculty and its online content.
Prof. Kingsley Haynes Dean of GMU shared his views, ‘The tie up with SIAS is another step towards providing best opportunities for Indian students. The students will not incur enormous costs of travel and stay abroad far from their families.’
C.Valliappa Chairman who inaugurated SIAS said, with problem of getting US visas becoming more and more difficult, SIAS offering would be an ideal solution.
Chocko Valliappa Founder Trustee says Change Management is becoming more and more important as companies move up value chain from offshoring to outsourcing. Globalization, reengineering and outsourcing are all propounding need for change management.
Prof. JL Gandhi Dean will be responsible for program. He mentioned that program would start on 27th of September structured over 5 semesters. The program will be structured for working professionals with classes held around weekends. Students successfully completing program will be awarded Masters Degree same as one given in USA. The students will benefit financially as cost of doing program in India will be a third of doing same program in USA. The program is open for corporate sponsorship by companies who wish to depute their key employees. Companies that sponsor more than 5 students in a single batch will be eligible to receive specialized consultancy services from George Mason.