XLRI Holds Interactive Session with Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE

19th June, 2018: XLRI- Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur today organized an Interactive Session with Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The topic of the session was “The Future of Higher Education in India-Management Education in India”.

The sessionwas attended by Fr. E. Abraham S.J., Director, Dr. Ashis K Pani, Dean(Academics) along with all other faculty members and students of XLRI. 

Welcomingthe AICTE Chairman, Fr. E. Abraham S.J., Director, XLRI said, “We areextremely privileged to have in our midst today Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe. I haveinteracted with many Chairmen of AICTE since last several years; however I havefound Prof Sahasrabudhe as the most approachable and sympathetic to the PGDM institutions.Whenever we approached him, he listened to our problems and asked for oursuggestions to solve them. Recently he found an amicable solution to the 2010circular which almost took away the autonomy of the PGDM Schools. Not only thathe has taken several initiatives to improve technical and management educationin the country.” 

Addressingthe session, Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe said, “Educationshould be the manifestation of excellence and an academic curriculum alone isnot enough. There should be enough of co-curricular activity in academicinstitutes to provide holistic development of students. Education should beoutput based and not input based. A good infrastructure, laboratories,libraries are part of the input. However, an out-based education is where focusis on student achievement after undergoing the course, recruitment ofdistinguished set of faculty members and an institute having a well-definedvision and values to guide its curriculum. Students should have a socialoutlook and be sensitized to the prevailing problems and demands of thesociety. Life skills like team work, time management are important traits.” 

Highlightinghis ideas about future managers and management education in India, Prof.Sahasrabudhe said, “Managers should look beyond business and profit.They should be imbibed with moral and ethical values. Hence ethics courseshould be a compulsory component of the curriculum. It is one thing to knowethics and another to practice. Therefore institutes must take special careinto appointing the right faculty to take up the course. So that students canlook upto them and hold them as mentors.” 

He furtheradded, “Managers cannot be followers, but they have to be leaders. Theymust assert themselves in giving back to the society. Being innovative andthinking out-of-the-box is the key thing. We need management graduates to be ablend of managers, leaders and entrepreneurs.” 

Hestressed on opportunities prevailing in India’s unorganized sector. Studentsmust find ways to create job opportunities in small and medium-scale industriesand thus tap the unused resources. A breakthrough in future is possible if moremanagement graduates turn to rural sector and create job opportunities for thesociety. Sectors like dairy, poultry, agriculture, horticulture should also beseen as significant entrepreneurial ventures.” 

Hehighlighted AICTE’s initiative called Marg Darshan or Mentorship whereinfaculty from institutes struggling to achieve standards of excellence areinvited to the cream institutes to observe their teaching policies andmethodology. And then implement similar policies back in their institutes. Thispractice of competition and collaboration can help in expanding the quality ofeducation beyond the 100 best B-schools. On the occasion, he also talked aboutthe initiatives undertaken by the MHRD department to accelerate the future ofeducation in India. Initiatives like smart India Hackathon to encourageinnovation, National Academic Depository for online availability of allacademic certificates and degrees, Study in India to attract foreign studentsto the country are all steps taken towards reforming and improving theeducation system of the country. Speaking about quality of teachers, Prof.Sahasrabudhe highlighted the 8-module teacher training programme initiated byMHRD. The initiative is undertaken to increase the number of good teachersacross the board. 

Respondingto the queries of XLRI students regarding the IIM Act, Prof. Sahasrabudhe saidthat all the PGDM courses are on equal footing with the MBA course provided bythe IIMs. Addressing the students’ queries on encouraging innovative thinkingin school level itself, the AICTE Chairman talked about the new educationpolicy suggested by the Kasturi Rangan Committee. He said “Theout-of-the-box thinking should be encouraged in students at school level itselfand not only in higher education.” He also talked about tinkering labsthat are being set-up in schools to promote innovation and free thinking instudents. 

Dr. Ashis KPani, Dean (Academics), XLRI thanked the AICTE Chairman for his time and hisinsightful interaction with the students of XLRI. On the lines of the SmartIndia Hackathon, Dr. Pani suggested that MHRD could also promote managementhackathon to encourage innovative thinking in managers and entrepreneurs.

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