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SMS was founded in 1964, was initially part of the University of Kerala. With the formation of the University of Cochin in July 1971, the School blended in and became an integral part of the University, which is now known as Cochin University of Science and Technology. SMS has produced exceptionally skilled and future-oriented professionals in the field of management and business. The school strives to upkeep the high standards set from its inception in all areas of management education and research. The initiatives in skill orientation, curriculum development, internships, and student enrichment have turned SMS into a globalized learning center, providing a well-balanced exposure to curricular, extra curricular and co-curricular activities.

The meticulous efforts and teamwork of the administration and an extensive alumni network have helped the school remain one of the most sought-after Business Schools in the country and the best among the MBA colleges in Kerala. The institution is home to a vibrant student community and faculty members with exceptional credentials. 

Currently, the School of Management Studies offers AICTE approved MBA programs in full-time (four semester) and part-time (six semester) mode, in addition to a Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in both Full time and Part time Modes.

As one of the best MBA colleges in Kerala, SMS believes in fostering diversity in the campus by welcoming students and research scholars from various corners of the country and across national borders. By maintaining a healthy male: female ratio, the institute ensures gender equity within the community. Additionally, the school fulfills its commitments towards environment, society and governance by promoting the cause for women and the environment, supporting economically weak students in pursuing their managerial dreams with fee waivers and merit scholarships, and enabling good governance through transparency and democratisation in decision making.

School of Management Studies (SMS) CUSAT, holds the legacy of being one of the oldest MBA colleges in Kerala. It is one of the first five premier business and management institutions to be established in India, that came into existence in God's own country as a reflection of the vision of Professor Emeritus Padmabushan (Dr.) M.V. Pylee, The Founder Director.

Padmabhushan Dr. M. V. Pylee (5 October 1922-30 December 2017) was an Indian scholar, educationist, and management guru, considered by many as the father of management education in Kerala and an authority on Constitutional Law. He was awarded Padmabhushan in 2006 by the Government of India for his contributions to the field of education and management. During his tenure as Director, he instituted the M.V.Pylee Award for the Best Distinguished Academician in India.

Padmabhushan Emeritus Prof.(Dr.)M.V.Pylee
Founder Director, SMS
Former Vice Chancellor, CUSAT


Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is ranked one of the top universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022, the only University from Kerala to make it to the list. Since 1971, CUSAT has built a reputation as one of the renowned institutions in the country for academic excellence and value. The University was established as The University of Cochin and later reorganized as Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in February 1986. The Uncompromised commitment to educational standards has made it one of the top 50 MRHD-ranked institutions in the country. The University has been accredited with an A grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2016. Cochin University of Science and Technology, in its attempt to explore the unknown horizons of knowledge, has devoted itself to education and research and focuses on the development of higher learning in science, technology, social science, and other related areas. The university prides itself on some of the finest faculties that guide a diverse student body toward becoming responsible global citizens. Courses offered by the university are spread across various disciplines of Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Law, Marine Sciences, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology, etc. CUSAT also transcends geographic boundaries through successful collaborations with institutions in the USA, Europe, Russia, Japan, France, and Korea. The sprawling university's main campus spreads across 180 acres, about 15 km from the heart of Kochi. The university is defined by the motto from the Vedas “Tejasvinavadhithamastu” which means, may the wisdom accrued deify us both- the teacher and the taught, and percolate to the universe in its totality.