To become a prosperous global economy within first five ranks, we have to qualitatively strengthen our education, especially higher and management education. Presently, there are several management education institutions playing crucial role in converting the human resources into human capital ‘by creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life’. Although higher education including management education has expanded over the period of time, yet we have to address the issues of quality, equity, commercialization above all spiritual bankruptcy to be the areas of concern. This workshop was conducted to throw light on the challenges faced by management education and ways to overcome them.

Summary

This motivating workshop was held at Oakbrook Business School on the topic “Challenges of Management Education” on 6th December’2013. The notable names from the field of management namely Prof N. R Dave, Prof. C Gopalkrishnan, Prof. Bala Bhaskaran, Mr. Sanjay Rao, Prof. Sarla Achuthan, Prof. S. Chinnam Reddy and Mr. Anik Mehta. These dignitaries interacted with the participants delightedly and shared their invaluable experience.

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Speaker 1:

The session was initiated by Prof. N. R Dave, he is the Educational Advisor to Ganpat University and Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute. He has held positions as the Chairman of the Western Regional Committee, AICTE and Vice Chancellor at North Gujarat University.

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Prof. N. R. Dave stared his speech by defining the word “management”, he stated that in today’s dynamic world, it is extremely important to learn management. It will not just benefit one academically but also career-wise. He asked the participants to be curious and passionate about learning the various aspects of management. He answered each questions of the fellow participants very heartily.

Speaker 2:

Dr. Sarla Achuthan has over thirty years of experience in the field of management education. She was the Director of the School since December 1998. She was also the in-charge of K.S. School of Business Management of Gujarat University, which offers integrated courses in Management and Information Technology. She has penned several books and is also associated with a number of prestigious bodies across the country.

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Dr. Sarla Achuthan initiated her speech by talking about her experience in the field of management. She said that Management field was not very sought after when she was studying, but now it has become one of the prime choice of the students from all fields be it science, engineering, commerce, medicine and many more. Management is required in each and every field and every field requires an able management professional today. She further added that management professionals should be adaptive as well as intuitive.

Speaker 3:

Dr. C Gopalkrishnan is the former Director of Institute of Management, Nirma University. Dr. C. Gopalkrishnan has more than 25 years of teaching experience in various management institutes. He has co-authored a book and several papers in journals and newspapers. He was awarded CRMs Fellowship, IIMA in the year 1986.

He started his speech by talking about the need for managers in today’s scenario. He said that an able manager has modifiable personality i.e he/she can mould themselves in the severe situations and find effective solutions to the risen problems. It is extremely important to be updated with the ongoing pace of change in management education. He said that the hunger to learn and disseminated the acquired knowledge is an extremely important factor for any field.

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Dr. Reddy is the Dean of Faculty of Management Studies, Marwari group of institutions, Rajkot. His areas of expertise are operations management and quantitative analysis. He also has books in the area of research methodology to his credit.

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Mr. Reddy Started his speech by talking about the importance of management education in today’s world. He gave a number of examples of success stories of organizations, saying that perfect management system let them to be perfect. He asked the participants to be more passionate and observe management in simplest forms of life. Every principle has a root and primary function, if one understands that it will be very easy to understand and resolve any complex situation.

Speaker 5:

Mr. Sanajy Rao is a PGPEX graduate from IIM Calcutta and has more than 14 years of work experience in the Corporate and education sector. He has worked in senior positions with reputed MNC’s like British Gas, Ingersoll Rand, Levi Strauss India, Exide Technologies and Acropetal Technologies. He has been conducting sessions and training MBA students in many management colleges across India.

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He started off his speech by talking about the growing competitiveness in the world today. He said that one needs to best in their own work, this will make them stand out from others and make a mark. He further added that one must polish their skills regularly and be updated with developments of the world and inculcate new methods. By following a curriculum that is ages old will not yield skillfull students. He ended his speech by saying that if management professors imbibe students with new practices and teach them about them, they are sure to bring forth a new breed of young professional who are ready to take on the world.

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Prof.P.Balabhaskaran is associated with ICFAI Business School since May 1995. Presently designated as Director of Ahmedabad Campus. In addition involved in the core group of IBS trying to establish campuses abroad. He holds BTech from IIT Madras and PGDM from IIM Bangalore. He has in his credit many paper publications. He enlightened the audience with the problems of todays education and prospects of management education.

Speaker 7:

Mr. Anik Mehta is the regional manager of Jaquar & Co. Pvt Ltd. Mr. Mehta has been extensively involved in customer care, sales and marketing. He started his speech by talking about management as a simple course of function that everybody performs in their daily life everyday. He stated that the problem of today’s management education is that it does not encourage the students to focus on practical work. Live cases, industrial visits, internships and other methods of practical approach. He ended his speech by stating that management education can scale new heights if it is based on practical approach.