• Dr Amit Gupta is Chairman, Jagannath International Management School (JIMS)
  • Dr Amit Gupta is Chairman, Jagannath International Management School (JIMS), which is ranked among the Top 20 Business Schools in India. Dr Gupta is a successful entrepreneur with incredible visionary zeal. Under his able stewardship, the JIMS Group of Institutes has made great strides and risen to the forefront of excellence in professional education. In an interview with People and Management, he shares his views on recent trends in management education and role of educational institutions in developing future talent. Excerpts:

JIMS is bestowed with various prestigious awards like ‘Indian Education Award 2013’ and ‘Best Management College in Delhi’. Clearly, a lot of factors must have contributed to this growth. Would you elaborate a bit of them?

As envisioned by our founding father, the late Mr Jagannath Gupta, the purpose behind inception of JIMS is to create high priority national assets and fully equip our young human resources to meet the requirements of wealth-creating business organisations.

From the very outset, it has been our endeavour to place special emphasis on the holistic development of our students so that they are groomed into outstanding professionals and entrepreneurs who exemplify human values and become socially responsible.

The modern infrastructure and state of the art facilities, expert faculty, world-class curriculum and innovative pedagogy have all helped the JIMS to carve a distinct niche in the field of management education. Some of the awards that you’ve mentioned are a perfect testimony to the excellence and recognition that we have achieved to date.

What are you views about the recent trend of providing management education in India as large number of institutions has mushroomed in past decades and now they are closing down?

Education sector has expanded very rapidly all over the world, in recent years. With rising inflation, the cost of providing education has gone up manifold due to better teaching methodologies and learning instruments. In India too, a number of B-schools had mushroomed, many small and unrecognised, and a large number of these have closed shop in the last one year or so. This is due to the fact that these institutes failed to offer quality education. As a result of various analysis conducted, it came to light that institutes which are practicing a sustainable growth model, focussed on providing high quality infrastructure, expert faculty, modern pedagogy, prolific industry exposure and attractive placements, survived the tumble and continue to flourish even today.

With lots of Management/B-Schools claiming to offer quality education in India, what is unique about JIMS as an education destination?

JIMS, Kalkaji is today perceived as an ‘Institute of Excellence’. Our PGDM and PGDM (IB) programmes are considered at par with those of top management institutes in India. Our excellence lies in our unique attributes which include modern infrastructure and facilities, superior intellectual capital, exclusive tie-ups with industry for training and placement, partnerships with national organisations for joint conduct of events such as conferences, seminars, etc and collaboration with foreign universities for faculty and student exchange programmes. The immense academic and industry exposure, thus provided, is perceived as a great “value for money” experience by all our stakeholders, including students.

What role, according to you, do management/educational institutions play in developing future talent/leaders? What major initiatives you’ve taken as the Chairman of this institution to develop students in sync with the industry demands?

The global economic slowdown experienced during the last few years has resulted in most business leaders revisiting their strategies. The hunt for new talent has become more complex as fresh B-School recruits are expected to be equipped with new skill sets, innovative ideas, heightened mental agility and nerves of steel. In order to keep pace with the challenges of the uncertain environment, we have launched several strategic initiatives to ensure that students’ development is in tune with industry demands. These include curriculum re-design, mentoring and live projects, advanced statistical training software, international summer internships, soft skills and stress coping programmes and E-learning. These initiatives are focussed on developing student competencies in dealing with global complexity, change and cultural diversity.

What would be your message to the aspirants of JIMS?

By and large, the younger generation today is very talented, goal-oriented and quite passionate in whatever they do. For those aspiring to join JIMS, I would simply advise “Be Hungry and Stay Hungry”. In other words, maintain a passion for learning, innovate and experiment with new ideas, embrace the latest technological developments and forever strive to become socially responsible leaders and good human beings.

 

Dr Amit Gupta, Chairman - Jagannath International Management School (JIMS)

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