Grant Thornton Bharat, one of India’s leading professional services firms, has entered with Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society (MATES), a non-profit organization, to strengthen their partnership as knowledge partners. Both see this as a strategic step towards inclusive industry-academia partnership for skilling young students with the best industry practices.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was exchanged at an event held at Grant Thornton Bharat’s office in Delhi in the presence of Dr Nand Kishore Garg, Founder Chairman & Chief Advisor MATES, Shri Vineet Kumar Gupta, Chairman MATES, all the Trust members of MATES, Mr Siddharth Nigam, Partner & National Managing Partner, Growth, Mr Siddharth Talwar, Partner & CFO Financial Reporting Advisory, GTB, Mr Pradeep Pandey, Director & Kapil Arora Director Learning & Development Academy and his complete team engaged in this partnership.
Under this partnership, Grant Thornton Bharat and MATES collaborated on various initiatives to provide technical education, futuristic and employment-specific business analytical technical education and skill enhancement opportunities to MATES students.
Commenting on the partnership, Partner & National Managing Partner, Growth, Siddharth Nigam, said:
We are thrilled to partner with Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society as our knowledge partner. This partnership is a testament to our commitment to contribute effectively to our initiative of shaping vibrant India by providing industry-specific training for enhancing students’ skills for a brighter future. This collaboration will help to bring about a positive impact on the future of technical education and industry-academia partnerships in India.
As part of the MOU, Grant Thornton Bharat will deliver a comprehensive program of 200 hours over two years to students of MATES. The program will comprise 150 hours of business analytics training for students of PGDM qualification and 50 hours of Fintech training for students who choose finance as their specialization. It will provide ACCA qualification training to students in India, both online and in-person, with suitable faculty available to deliver the training sessions. The firm’s commitment to education extends beyond the classroom. It will also offer apprenticeships, internships, and live projects to eligible students for up to two months.
The students who complete the program will have the opportunity to be considered for job placement at Grant Thornton Bharat. The top students who meet the eligibility criteria, such as a CGP score of 70% or above, attendance of 80% or above, trainers’ feedback of A level, and successful completion of all projects within the allotted time, will be given a chance to appear before an interview panel appointed by the firm. Based on the panel’s clearance, the students may be hired as Sr Associates or Consultants at Grant Thornton Bharat.
Chairman of MATES, Vineet Kumar Gupta, said:
Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society is dedicated to providing quality technical education to more than 10,000 students studying in various institutions of MATES. We are pleased to partner with Grant Thornton Bharat to further our mission and help bridge the gap between education and industry. This partnership will open many opportunities for our students. It will help them build a bright future in the financial and business analytics field with a strong foundation set through this partnership. We look forward to a long and productive partnership.
The major aim behind this collaboration is to bridge the industry-academia gap through the active participation of industry and corporate experts. This collaboration will have 360-degree involvement of Grant Thornton Bharat, from student development to conducting live projects/internships.
Prof (Dr.) Sanjiv Marwah, Director of Maharaja Agrasen Business School, commented on the latest development:
We are extremely proud to partner with Grant Thornton Bharat and believe this association will greatly benefit our students. This was a long-awaited one-of-its-kind industry initiative that academia has been waiting for a while. The combination of expert knowledge and hands-on experience provided through this MOU will provide a unique learning opportunity for our students to excel in their respective fields. We are confident that this partnership will help our students to achieve their full potential and set them up for successful careers. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Grant Thornton Bharat.
The partnership between Grant Thornton Bharat and Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society represents a significant investment in the future of India’s workforce. It reflects both organizations’ commitment to providing quality education and skill development opportunities to students and professionals.
Maharaja Agrasen Technical Education Society (MATES) aims to promote quality education in the field of Technology, Management, Law, Pharmacy and Health Services to shape human society for a better future. With its constant growth and consistent efforts, the platform has been able to keep up its commitment to serving the community and its people.