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President of India quotes IIMC's supremacy in Finance during his The association of her name with the university places great responsibility on the university. I speak for only one of the 19 IIMs, the one located in Ahmedabad. Your average grade is quite likely to hover between B and C, with the occasional D .. of people I've met here and some are actually exact quotes used as part of sentences. Meet the IIM alumnus who broke the barriers of disability to give of Management (IIM) Calcutta, the entire auditorium was applauding for me.
Gangavane dedicated his life to Tribal Upliftment and Rural Development. He was awarded a Fellowship of Ashoka International for his work. Gangavane is the President of Gokul Prakalp Pratishthan which contributes to rural development. As a member of the Steering Committee Agri for drafting 8th five year plan, he was instrumental in evolving National Watershed Development Programme. The Indian Initiative for the International Year of the Family convened by him advocated this twin strategy for which he travelled length and breadth of the country consulting NGOs all over and sent a resolution to the General Assembly of UN on behalf of more than voluntary agencies.
Gangavane has guided over four thousand Agro-Entrepreneurs in India for ten years and obtained relief for them through the Supreme Court of India. The residential school which he had started for Nomadic Tribe children transformed the community. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in ventures in IT, Cellular, and Internet industries. Ramaraj is on the board of Olympic Gold Quest, a Not for Profit organization, committed to bridging the gap between the best athletes in India and the best athletes in the world.
R Ramaraj receiving his award Paul Shrivastava Dr. Paul Shrivastava, an 11th batch alumnus of IIM Calcutta, is the Executive Director of Future Earth, a global research platform for environmental change and transformation to sustainability.
A new, comprehensive National Education Policy is the need of the hour in order to attune education to meet global challenges and address issues of quality, research and innovation as well as capitalise on the "demographic dividend". India has a sizeable number of young people, with two-third of the population below 35 years of age. Their proper grooming is essential as they are our future.
Sadly, enrolment in higher education is below 20 per cent in India. Recognising that this is not enough and may drag down the potential of our future generation, rapid strides have been made to expand the higher education infrastructure in recent years.
Yet, if we undertake an honest analysis of the state of higher education in our country today, it is evident that many higher academic institutions lack the quality to produce graduates for the global market. I have been sharing my concerns about the performance of Indian institutions in world university rankings during my visits to the universities.
Not a single Indian university figures in the list of top universities in the world.
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We must transform our Universities into world class institutions. Indian civilisation has a long-standing knowledge tradition. Our ancient universities - Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri - were renowned seats of learning that attracted scholars from outside. I am happy to find that our institutions have started to accord due seriousness to the rankings process. In September last year, the Finance module of IIM, Calcutta was adjudged by a reputed agency as the best amongst business schools offering the Master of Management programme.
In the World University Ranking done subject-wise by another reputed agency, two IITs - Madras and Bombay - are amongst the top 50 institutions in civil engineering, while IITs - Delhi and Bombay - are in the top 50 in electrical engineering. I want our institutions to build up on these micro-level successes and achieve a much higher overall ranking. Alumni speaks Which is India's best business school?IIMC Freshers' Interaction - All Hands Meet, 2014 - Part- 7
Alumni speaks Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad stands at the top of the list. January 23, It is not just Louis Kahn's breathtaking architectural creation in red brick.
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It is not just the superb faculty or the list of alumni, which reads like a who's who of Corporate India. It is the sense of confidence it gives its students. When we entered IIM-A, however, the first step was to break our confidence. It started with assignments upon assignments being piled upon us in the first weeks. It continued with three-minuteandsecond quizzes, not on work we had done in previous classes but on the preparation we were supposed to have done for the next class.
It culminated with even 10 pointers from IIT receiving C grades. But slowly, it rebuilt a truer confidence in us-we learnt to cope and many of us discovered how much we really were capable of. Ahmedabad also trusted its students' honesty.
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Examinations were not proctored. And we repaid that trust. The culture was one of respect for academic achievement- critical in an era where many schools have deteriorated because they respect more those who beat the system. Despite the workload, life at Ahmedabad was great fun. It treated students as adults. We did not have dorm wardens policing our moves, or rules governing what we could do and where we could be.
I still remember the first-year batch listening intently to a talk by a famous visiting Harvard Business School professor actually "Birdie", a second-year student.
Many of the students who asked Birdie penetrating questions and nodded wisely at the garbage he spouted in response are now corporate heavy weights, who would pay to have this episode erased from collective memory I believe there is a tape There were, however, two areas where we students were woefully under-prepared then, and may still be now.
First,we did not have experience of failure. We had never failed an exam, lost a job, or run an enterprise into the ground. Perhaps this is why we were so risk averse, why so many of us joined firms and so few of us started them.
Entrepreneurship can be taught, but risk aversion is hard to overcome. Second, despite the best efforts of the admissions committee to create variety in the student body, we were all very similar-typically middle or upper-class Indians. We did not argue with a Hungarian, work with an American, or date a Korean-or even truly understood rural Indian life-so when we have to work in this increasingly integrated world, we are not very comfortable.
I have said little about the faculty thus far. Our teachers were devoted to their subjects and to the students, and taught extremely well. One fault I would point out is that only a small number of them were involved in cutting-edge research. In my view, the primary reason why faculty should be involved in research is that it keeps the researcher's curiosity alive and prevents classes from becoming stale and outdated.
What would I change? A student exchange programme with foreign universities is now in place and I understand research is now core to the mission of the school. But Indian institutes are still not competitive in terms of faculty salary. Unless we are willing to pay more-and the first step is to sever the umbilical cord that ties educational institutions to the government-we will find it increasingly difficult to recruit and keep top-class faculty talent.
Of course, as a quid pro quo, more rigorous evaluation of research and teaching should be part of the package. This implies the IIMs have to get better at raising resources, not just by charging their students a market fee but also by tapping their alumni for donations. My sense is that IIM-Ahmedabad knows what has to be done and, true to its spirit, is confident it can meet the challenge. Ramaswamy and his experimental bullock carts. Very few of us made it to a public-sector undertaking, let alone worked in the sector we specialised in.
We didn't even have a campus of our own but were spread across a series of buildings at Langford Road. We spent most time on the road, literally. Down to earth, no airs, no arrogance and no attitude. Our lack of arrogance was thanks to some wonderful teachers we had. They led by example. Rao, Dr Herlekar, Dr P.
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Rao and Professor Vijay Padaki. They believed in simplicity and in today's media-crazy world, they would be considered anachronisms. I learnt a valuable lesson from them. It is what you know that matters, not building an image. We are now like Avis, at No.
There is no real reason for this rating except that IIM-A has a longer history than us, a tremendous alumni network and a consistent image built over the years, like Harvard. I have come to the conclusion that these comparisons are purely perceptual and have become reality over time.
For years IIM-B could not develop a distinct personality. Having our own campus made a tremendous difference and that was when IIM-B began to have an identity of its own. With this we also dropped our public-sector leanings and were no longer ashamed of being a capitalist institution.
We went through an identity crisis when we tried to clone IIM-A or had the culture superimposed on us. Fortunately, we evolved from this phase and have developed a strong culture of our own. The single-minded focus is to be the No. Faculty, resources, industry exposure, facilities, Bangalore has it all. While comparisons are odious, I think, one of the main differences between Bangalore and Ahmedabad is in the academic rigour.
Bangalore is more laid-back. Personally, I believe some pressure would not be a bad thing at all. I learnt about teamwork. I made friends who are still with me after 24 years. I learnt to look at things from different perspectives.