B-schools must make MBA education on par with global standards, says TAPMI Director Dr. Saji Gopinath

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 needs a paradigm shift, how top 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 working as Professor in the area of Operations Management and Information Technology at IIM Kozhikode.  His association with IIM-K began since 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 many public and private sector organizations. He was the founder Chairman of Asia’s first synchronous e-Learning programme in executive management.

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

Q: What, according to you, makes TAPMI a unique B-school?
TAPMI focuses on holistic education. We offer output based education through a strong academic process. We are currently in the final stage of securing AACSB accreditation, which is something we are looking forward to.

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

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

Q: How does it connect with MBA students?
It has management orientation and relevance. Management institutions have to emerge as platforms for showcasing real life challenges and problems that need to be debated and solved. We practice inclusive growth in totality, particularly from a societal role.

Q: Will TAPMI implement it?
Not until we have developed a scalable model of inclusive growth that can be taken to the next level. Meanwhile, our students are studying the adopted village in detail and working on creating practical mechanism to solve some of the existing problems they are facing.

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