B-schools should make MBA education on par with worldwide requirements, says TAPMI Director Dr. Saji Gopinath

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MBAUniverse.com brings you this exclusive interview with Dr. Saji Gopinath, Director, T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI). In this interview Dr. Gopinath explains why he believes management education in India demands a paradigm shift, how best B-schools can showcase real life challenges to their students and his plans for TAPMI in the this year.

Prior to taking charge as Director of TAPMI in March 2009, Dr. Saji Gopinath was operating as Professor in the location of Operations Management and Data Technology at IIM Kozhikode.  His association with IIM-K started given that its inception in 1997.

Dr. Saji Gopinath did his M.Tech and then Ph.D in the area of management from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is a management consultant to numerous public and private sector organizations. He was the founder Chairman of Asia’s 1st synchronous e-Studying programme in executive management.

Excerpts from this exclusive interview as told to Swapna Raghu Sanand of MBAUniverse.com:

Q: What, according to you, tends to make TAPMI a unique B-college?
A:
TAPMI focuses on holistic education. We offer output primarily based education via a strong academic process. We are presently in the final stage of securing AACSB accreditation, which is anything we are looking forward to.

Q: When did the process for seeking AACSB accreditation begin?
A:
It started six years back. We are content to comply with the AACSB accreditation process as it is the greatest in the world.

Q: What would be much more difficult for TAPMI – Developing entrepreneurs or Thought leaders?
A:
Establishing entrepreneurship is most important to us. But our courses incorporate elements of nurturing believed leadership in our students. Greater emphasis is placed on fostering entrepreneurship. We give students a company model to run on their personal for at least a week. We evaluate its sustainability and award these who were creative.

Q: How does it connect with MBA students?
A:
It has management orientation and relevance. Management institutions have to emerge as platforms for showcasing real life challenges and difficulties that require to be debated and solved. We practice inclusive development in totality, specifically from a societal part.

Q: Will TAPMI implement it?
A:
Not until we have created a scalable model of inclusive development that can be taken to the subsequent level. Meanwhile, our students are studying the adopted village in detail and functioning on making sensible mechanism to resolve some of the existing difficulties they are facing.

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