B-School should focus on e-resources and technology to take knowledge from across globe to classrooms: Dr S K Tamotia

B-School should focus on e-resources and technology to take knowledge from across globe to classrooms: Dr S K Tamotia

Dr. Shailendra Kumar Tamotia is Dean-cum-Director General & Vice Chairman of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Bhubaneswar Kendra. He carries more than three decades of industry experience with renowned organization like Vedanta, VISA International, INDAL, HINDALCO, NALCO etc. In this interview, he talks about the teaching-learning processes at his institute, emphasis that is put on the various academic components. He also compares the standards of Indian academic system with that of international standards. Read for more…

Q: How much importance do you put on libraries, seminars and workshops as part of academic process at you institute?

A: Library is an important source of knowledge both for students and teacher. Our library has a large volume of text books and reference books in different domain of management studies and research. Journals CDs, best seller books, monographs, autobiographies, magazines and newspapers are also available. Quiet study areas are also reserved for researcher, seminar, conference and workshops are regular features of our academic calendar.

Every week on Saturday, we invite leading personalities from different walks of life and from various industries and academic institutions to deliver seminar talks to our students followed by interactive session and key take away session. Besides this, every year we organize national and international seminars in collaboration with different professional associations. In August 2018, we organized Eastern Region Convention of Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) and international Seminar on “Accreditation Quality Assurance and Future of Business Education” in collaboration with AIMS and Accreditation Council for Business School and Professions (ACBSP), USA.

Usually we published a compendium of research papers presented during seminar.

Q: How do you evaluate the contribution of such academic components on the outcome (Placement / Research etc)?

A: It is not only organizing seminars and workshops and inviting research papers but also by sending faculty members to present papers in national and international seminars and conferences outside the institute that helps create research outcomes to a large extent. Industry – Institute interface activities such as inviting industry experts / practitioners to share their experiences, taking up research consulting projects for industries and undertaking training programs for industry professionals’ contributes largely in developing industry specific curriculum, better learning outcome that leads to better placement.

Q: How much should B-Schools usually spend on their library (Books, Journals, e-resources) and other academic components like Seminar, Workshop etc.)

A: With the advent of technology, faculty members and students are now using more e-resources than before. B-School should also focus on augmenting e-resources and developing systems and process to use the same for class-room delivery. Technological integration is also necessary to the seminars, conferences and symposia to avail knowledge from all over the globe and create a platform for a better technological network and professional exchange initiatives.

A considerable amount of financial and other infrastructural resources are required to be deployed for achieving the above objective.

Q: How have you evolved your curriculum and pedagogy over last 2-3 years?

A: Every year, before start of the academic session, we take the feedback from the industry experts, recruiters, academic faculty members, members of professional associations and make an in-depth analysis of our placement database and then design the curriculum to meet the need of the recruiters in specific and industry in several.

Q: What are the key changes in the teaching-learning processes that you plan to bring in the coming academic session at your institute?

A: Effective teaching-learning processes result in academic success. The purpose of teaching learning process at Bhavan’s Centre for Communication and Management (BCCM) is student-focused. Each student is motivated to take the ownership of his or her learning under the guidance of the teachers. Project-based learning and shop floor trainings are part of our curriculum. Each course has its course learning outcomes (CLO) that meets the requirements of the program learning outcomes (PLO) of PGDM program. This year, we have planned to develop rubrics for each and every course and develop various assessment tools to assess the level of learning of each student. We are focusing now on quality assurance of learning.

Continuous evaluation is a part of teaching-learning followed at Bhavan’s Centre for Communication and Management (BCCM). Efforts are now made to measure cognitive as well as applied learning. Students are provided feedback on their performance on a regular basis for continuous improvement of the students and the program. Also, the faculty members are encouraged to participate in Research, Training and consultancy/project works which will ultimately add value for their professional growth and competence. In addition to the above, academic audit and quality assurance have been planned to be given more focus in the coming academic session.

Q: Please share your thought on the academic processes in India as compared to international standard?

A: Students in Indian education system choose their own streams basis the employment opportunities/Job opportunities available in the market. In International scenario, students pursue their stream based on their passion.

In international education system, there is integration of practical and vocational studies in the curriculum where as Indian education system focuses more on theoretical aspects.

Teaching-learning has been more outcome driven in international education scenario which off late is being incorporated in Indian education system.

Q: What are the key policy changes that can bring a better academic environment at B-School campuses in India?

A: Recently AICTE’s policy decision of signing MOUs with five industries is a landmark approach towards better integration of industry and B-School in designing, implementing and evaluating an outcome-driven educational process.

Q: Why a B-School aspirant should join your institute? Any message?

A: Bhavan’s is a value-based organization founded with a noble intention of providing education at different levels in almost all disciplines except medicine. Being initiated by the then national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, K M Munshi and others, the institution has grown with a legacy of Indian religion values and ethics. The institute makes all-out efforts in imbibing those ancient values in the management curriculum and provides a greater thrust in creating value-based leadership potential among the students. In the present era of ethical degradation the students of BCCM are groomed into value based personalities to handle the present business challenges.

Besides attention is given to minute details of management education like one month rigorous shop floor training, providing certified SAP program, faculty and student exchange programs, entering into MOU with reputed business schools both at national and international level, organizing continuous yoga classes for spiritual development and enhancing employability skills classes through reputed professionals are some the significant features of our PGDM program.