- FDP to be conducted online for the first time ever amid pandemic
- 8 international participants a part of IIMI FDP this year
The five-week Annual Faculty Development Programme (FDP) of IIM Indore began on July 03, 2021; for the first time in online mode. The programme was inaugurated by Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore; in the presence of Chief Guest Prof. Saral Mukherjee, Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad; Prof. Sanjeev Tripathi, Chair, FDP, IIM Indore and all the registered participants virtually. This year, the FDP also has international participation; as 8 participants are from Mid-Western University School of Management (MUSOM).
Prof. Rai in his address threw light on the importance of ‘practice what we preach’. He mentioned that choosing teaching as a profession, by default makes one a leader. ‘We as a faculty have an added responsibility, since our students watch, observe, imitate and follow whatever their teachers do. Therefore, we need to focus on transformational leadership via intellectual stimulation, enhancing their decision-making process and helping them look at things from different, new and unique perspectives, to add inclusivity to the classrooms’, he said. He noted that students are inspired by stories, and hence a teacher needs to lead them by examples. ‘Stories make memories and make us what we are. It is important to be a source of inspiration to the students. Believe in idealised influence. If you want your students to do something, make sure you are the first person to do so’, he said.
Prof. Saral Mukherjee shared his views on ‘Excellence as an MBA Educator’. He noted that management as a subject is inter-disciplinary, and that’s what makes it challenging. ‘We as management educators need to understand that management is vast and comprises of various sub-subjects. For us to teach management, we need to focus on practical problems in Indian context and help our students learn managerial skills while he or she works at an executive and managerial position’, he said. Educators need to interact with the managers on field and understand their challenges, working patterns and problem-solving approaches. ‘We need to redesign our teaching pedagogy and curriculum in a way that it is more practical and enlightens our students to work in a way that they are able to contribute to the growth and progress of the nation as a whole’, he said. He mentioned that to excel as a teacher, one needs to focus on student transformation so that the student in turns brings a transformation in the country, since IIMs are established to create managers and leaders who bring about a change in the nation and contribute in its progress. ‘Do what you think is right, focus on that internal fire inside you. Find your love for the subject and help your students understand their purpose’, he concluded.
Prof. Sanjeev Tripathi welcomed all the participants and gave a brief about the course. Unlike the previous years where the programme was conducted in summers, the five-week FDP is been conducted in July-August, in online mode. The programme will be conducted from July 03-August 14, 2021.