AIMS ROUND TABLE OF NETWORKING ORGANIZATIONS
“HOW TO NETWORK AND COLLABORATE”
Held on 30th October, 2015, at 1730 hrs at: Hotel Grand Plaza, Hyderabad
AIMS organized the above event with the idea of bringing all the networking organizations mainly in the Twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad together to share their profiles and experiences on networking and collaboration.
As many as 25 office bearers of various associations participated in the Round Table. Prof Srinivas Acharya, Chairman of the Telangana Chapter, AIMS, welcomed the gathering followed by addresses by Prof (Dr) L N Bhagat, President, AIMS on AIMS, Prof Mohd Masood Ahmed, Former President, AIMS on the Theme of the Round Table, Professor TV Rao, Chairman, TVR Learning Systems, as Key Note Speaker. Many representatives of the networking organizations provided inputs on their individual organizations and gave brief sketches of their networking and collaboration experiences. The Presidential Remarks were made by Prof M R Rao, Former President, AIMS and Provost of Woxsen School of Business. Tthe Vote of Thanks was given by Dr S S Prasad Rao, Executive Board Member of AIMS.
The event was followed by Networking Dinner and a good Cultural Programme, where a few of the participants also sang their favourite songs which were very well applauded by the gathering:
Summary of the Round Table Discussion:
Prof (Dr) L N Bhagat briefed the participants on the various activities undertaken by AIMS, which included the conduct of Annual Convention, Case Writing Workshops, FDPs, and so on. He sought the cooperation of the networking organizations in having a collective role to achieve quality management education in India.
Prof Mohd Masood Ahmed stated that at the organization level or individual level, one must believe in the principle: “networking is networth”. He emphasized that AIMS would like to collaborate not only with similar education related organizations like ISTD, AMDISA, HMA, AHHA and NHRDN but also with other organizations like FICCI, Sahayata Trust, etc., for a holistic development of all by networking and collaborating amongst them.
Prof T V Rao, in his Key Note Address, briefed the participants that it was his friend, Dr Uday Pareek who coined the phrase “Human Resource Development ‘ and it was L & T, where HRD was first instituted as a separate department in India; he also explained how the concept of human resource development was introduced at L & T and SBI and how the departments were started. The philosophy behind this concept was developing human resources so that they can do their work with happiness and deliver the required products. During mid 80’s, the HRD philosophy gained momentum and spread all over India. Quite a number of conventions/seminars were conducted around that time.
He also explained how networking and collaboration helped them to form ISTD and AMA (Ahmedabad Management Association); he said management network can have many different networks under it – hrd, operations, training, etc. and all these networking bodies should collaborate so that the whole spectrum of management rises to a much higher level than what it is today. Now all these different disciplines of management are not looked at as an integrated whole and this is where networking to collaborate will be handy. The divisive political and other forces will have to be controlled and professionals should strive to bring in an integrated view of management. It is good that all the networking bodies have come together for sharing their experiences. He hoped that AIMS would be able to take the management education to much greater heights by networking with organizations like NHRDN, ISTD and others.
Mr Ravi Kumar Peesapati, Secretary, Hyderabad Management Association(which is an affiliate of All India Management Association) briefed the participants that HMA was established way back in 1964 for developing managerial skills among the local executives and students of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Now, it has more than 2000 corporate and individual members. Out of AIMA’s Local Management Associations, it is one of the best. It organizes monthly interactive lecture series, regional conclaves and the like on management related topics, including a self-skills training programme for students. HMA bestows prestigious awards recognizing the managerial and entrepreneurial excellence every year.
Mr Ganguli, Head, NHRDN Hyderabad Chapter stated that it has over 2,000 professionals, students, executives, etc as its members. H R is nothing but developing people around us. Korea, Taiwan and such small countries are also taking a keen interest in H R. He believes that HR Network should do something better than what it is doing right now.
Col Dayakar Thota, AHHA (Association of Health and Hospital Administrators) mentioned that the association is striving to improve the quality of healthcare systems by providing opportunities for continuing education, training and research. Management Schools for Health and Hospital Administrators which had been started in Delhi, AMC- Pune and in a few other places in India were initially open to doctors only. Now, of course, quite a number of schools offering PGDM are available. AHHA networks most of the doctors in Hyderabad and conducts seminars, etc periodically. He felt that AHHA should get associated with AIMS for better networking opportunities.
Mr C Ramakrishna, Executive Director, AMDISA (Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia). This is an association for management development in SAARC countries, which now includes Afghanistan also. The Association is recognized by SAARC and has 235 members -- institutional members represented by their deans and directors across all eight countries and some affiliated members The mission of AMDISA is to “promote management excellence in South Asia by networking management development institutions and facilitating their partnership with corporate enterprises and public agencies in the region.” It publishes a Newsletter three times a year, the South Asian Journal of Management, twice a year, Proceedings of Conferences, Books, etc., on management education in the region. It awards a few doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships. It launched a global benchmark quality assurance and accreditation system for Business Schools in this part of the world called as South Asian Quality Assurance System with the acronym as SAQS 34 schools have either gone through the process or are in the process of completion. Thus, it offers regional networking opportunities to member institutions through its many activities.
Mohd Syed Aneesuddin, CEO of Sahyata Trust: Established in 1981, but registered in 1996, with the motto, “Help the Needy, Feed the poor”, Sahyata trust primarily focuses on education, healthcare, community and social service and emergency relief. It has three institutions - one in Lucknow, UP and two institutions in Hyderabad, Telangana. It offers free education to orphans and also educational scholarships, interest-free loans for the poor. It has an orphanage for girls and feeds poor families. It was involved in relief to flood victims in Kurnool by joining hands with the Government of Andhra Pradesh in building homes for them.
Mr J P Singh, Chairman of Public Garden Walkers’ Club, Charminar Cycling Club and Himayat Swimming BathPool: He explained the importance of learning swimming and doing walking and cycling. He emphasized the need that everyone should know the basics of rescuing people getting drowned and for doing walking to avoid suffering from sudden heart or brain strokes etc. One should take care of one’s health as a primary objective.
Mrs Sujata Mangaraj, Chairperson of ISTD Odisha Chapter: ISTD is a training body of over 30,000 students as members. Established in 1969, it has 47 Chapters across the country. Its structure is similar to that of AIMS – a national executive board and president, treasurer and four regional vice presidents. It conducts training programmes for executives and students, publishes a quarterly Journal, IJTD, and conducts a lot of management development programmes for executives. ISTD gives Awards in recognition of excellence in research. ISTD does a lot of networking locally and globally.
Mr Venkat Reddy, Treasurer and Mr Nagabhushanam, Secretary, Friendly Environment for Disabled: It educates differently abled persons so that they can be employed in some profession and they need accessibility to various means of living, health, etc. More emphasis should be given to traffic management to avoid accidents. There should be awareness in this direction among all road users. Management is required in all spheres. The organization is involved in the rehabilitation of the disabled, including getting the equipment required by the disabled. It conducts seminars / conventions etc. Its Chairman has invented the braille calendar, a first of its kind in the world. The World Disability Day was celebrated recently by this organization...
Prof M R Rao: He shared some of his experiences on networking. Sustainability of networking is essential for growth of institutions. Pooling of faculty resources, etc is useful to small institutions. Of course, there are a few problems like who should teach what subject, etc. Collaboration in India between schools is not so well-known or successful in India. As in the USA, there should be a society for each subject, which will work for the development of that particular subject. Management is nothing but balancing of contradictions.
The Round Table of Networking Organizations concluded with a felicitation to Dr T V Rao, followed by dinner and cultural programme.
AIMS SOUTHERN REGION
ROUND TABLE OF DEANS AND DIRECTORS OF B-SCHOOLS
“MANAGEMENT EDUCATION: ENHANCING EMPLOYABILITY”
Held on 31st October, 2015, at 1000 hrs at Hotel Grand Plaza, Hyderabad
Prof Srinivas Acharya, Chairman of the Telangana Chapter, AIMS, welcomed the gathering followed by addresses by Prof (Dr) L N Bhagat, President, AIMS on AIMS, Prof Mohd Masood Ahmed, Former President, AIMS on the Theme of the Round Table, and Prof T V Rao, Chairman, TVR Learning Systems, as Key Note Speaker. While Prof M R Rao, Former President, AIMS, and Provost, Woxsen School of Business, was the Moderator for the Open Session, the Vote of Thanks was given by Dr S S Prasad Rao, Executive Board Member of AIMS.
Summary of the Round Table Discussion:
Prof (Dr) L N Bhagat, President, AIMS:
AIMS was established on 27th August 1988. It is the second largest networking body in the world. It is focusing on increasing its membership from the present 700 members. AIMS newsletter is getting revived. The second issue of AIMS Journal of Management will be brought out in January 2016. He expressed that the management schools should provide not only the requisite curriculum of management education, but also soft skills training for a period of about six months to each student so that it will enhance their capability to get employment. The B-Schools should also get involved in community social responsibility activities. Educational social responsibility should be given high priority which may cover scholarships and free education to the poorer segments of the society as well as imparting vocational training at low fee. As leaders/heads of management institutions, it is the responsibility of ever one to see that some useful vocational/professional training is imparted to the students so that they can stand on their legs after leaving their institution. As an example, he quoted the Institute of Science and Management, Ranchi which helped many students get placed in star hotels after going through rigorous training of one year in Hospitality and Catering technology. It is the responsibility of ever one to give something back to the society in return to what the society has provided for the growth of an individual.
Prof Mohd Masood Ahmed, Former President, AIMS:
He gave a historical perspective of management education both at national and international levels. The earliest B-School, Wharton School of Business (started in 1881) in Pennsylvania, USA has 92,000 management alumni across 172 countries in the world. Later on, Harvard Business School was started in 1908. There are about 12,000 management colleges across the Globe. In India, XLRI at Jamshedpur was the first one to start a course in Labour Relations in 1949. In the year 1953, the Institute of Social Welfare, Calcutta started awarding a Diploma in Business Management. A few years later a separate department for management education was started in 1957. IIM, Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad were started in 1961. There are about 3,700 management institutions in India, mostly offering MBA. With a history of 135 years globally and about 60 years nationally, what is the impact that the Management Education is having on employability? He gave a few examples how MBA degree could be helpful to establish and improve relations with those whom we come across on a day to day basis, in addition to getting employed. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as many as a thousand MBA colleges have been established; however, the employability of management graduates is very low. In view of this scenario, the deans and directors of B-Schools in this region have a greater responsibility towards preparing students for employment.
Prof T V Rao, Chairman, TVR Learning Systems:
In his Key Note Address, Dr Rao mentioned that he would like to refer to his book on “Managers Who Make a Difference”, where he briefed about his interaction with the executive community over 35 years. In his book, he classified managers into four categories.
Doers: Who just complete tasks strictly following the guidelines given to them.
Achievers: These executives or academicians complete the task given to them much faster than others and like to do something more.
Visionaries: In addition to what they are expected to do, these people do something more for the benefit of the society.
Missionaries: Some of these people convert each and every chance they get into opportunities for growth in life and career.
Each Dean and Director of management schools has the responsibility to create employability, converting each constraint into an opportunity. One has to be a visionary and not just a doer or achiever and manage one’s time effectively so that employability will improve among management students.
With a little bit of missionary zeal, most of you can spend your time usefully for enrichment of knowledge of students, so that they will have employable education in your institutions.
Prof M R Rao, Former President, AIMS, and Provost, Woxsen School of Business: He mentioned that MBA curriculum varies from institution to institution in terms of subjects and each MBA Graduate may be specializing in a particular discipline or a few disciplines. Every Management Graduate should know something about all the basic functional areas like Project Management, Production Management, Financial Management, Marketing, etc. Coming to the employability aspect, in the absence of a clear-cut definition on management graduates’ employability, it is highly difficult to ascertain the level of current employability of these students. Saying that only 25% of MBA’s are employed may not be correct. Enhancing employability depends upon a clear definition of what management students are expected to do and their level of employability. Perhaps at the institutional level, the question of enhancing employability arises only after knowing the extent of the gap and whether it really requires enhancement.
Some of the observations made by various participants of the open session are briefly given below:
· Many institutions are striving their best to enhance the capabilities of management graduates, keeping the IIM’s, ISB and other successful institutions in mind. Creativity, leadership, entrepreneurship are inborn characteristics of management students, which can be taught and improved only to a limited extent. Further, one cannot define that only particular areas are important and not behavioral sciences etc. The employability of an individual greatly depends on his own perspective and choice of employment.
· For institutions located in and around Hyderabad, the focus during the past five years or so was mostly survival. That being the case, enhancing employability takes a back-seat and it requires good faculty and infrastructure and so on. The key area is having good and committed faculty for training students in core subjects as well as employable skills. A workshop or two on faculty development could have been organized by AIMS with the help of luminaries like Prof T V Rao, Prof M R Rao, Dr L N Bhagat, Prof Mohd Masood Ahmed and others as they are available in Hyderabad for two days.
· The development/modification of curriculum for the management courses to suit the present day needs is rather slow and it is here major focus and thrust are required if the future managers are to deliver the required results. Many of the subjects have grown over the years and the students should be taught the latest trends and techniques. In this respect, pooling of faculty resources from various institutions will do wonders but it is a difficult task.
· There was also a discussion about the current status of the AIMS Case vs AICTE in respect of the regulatory measures imposed on PGDM institutions at the end of 2010. The participants were informed that a fresh application was submitted on 27th October, 2015 praying for an extension of interim orders issued by the supreme court of India in 2011, which may be made applicable for the years 2016-17 also so that admissions by the PGDM institutions can be initiated without delay.
· The management institutions are trying to create leaders and managers with a general perspective, but not in tune with the requirements of a particular corporate or industry like Microsoft, Delloite, Banks, etc. But if an institution is given to understand the requirements of a particular corporate, it will be easier to train such managers.
· When the issue of survival is uppermost in our minds and when it should receive utmost attention, it should be addressed first and then only other aspects like enhancing employability and so on. A management student is required to have essential things like domain knowledge, soft skills, negotiation skills, clarity of thought and clear expression of what he knows and also the technical requirements of a particular industry. Otherwise, the employability prospects will not improve.
· One institution initiates the collection of data on the current requirements of different corporates by conducting surveys, research, roundtables, etc. Based on such data collection in which the faculty, as well as the students, get involved, the future course of action in terms of the required subjects etc is drawn up and followed during the period of teaching. Further, the institutional head also goes to various corporates and discusses with them about their future requirements and highlights the capabilities of his/her faculty. Through these continuous interactions with corporate, the employability of that institution’s management graduates is improving. Wherever, students are weak in a few subject areas; greater attention is paid for developing the students in those areas. Also, students are encouraged to improve their reading habits and connectivity with the society. Creating and maintaining good relations with corporates is another important aspect in employability. The students are also encouraged to use internet facilities extensively to improve their domain and general knowledge.
Dr S S Prasad Rao, Member of AIMS Executive Board gave Vote of Thanks.