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CNN with awardNoted corporate-honcho-turned-academician, Dr. C.N. Narayana is the recipient of the 2015 “Visionary Leader Award for excellence in Education, teaching and Leadership”. Dr. C.N. Narayana – or CNN as he is popularly referred to – was bestowed the honour in a glittering ceremony at Taj Land’s End, Bandra. The award was given at the World Thought Leaders and World Education Congress held in Mumbai on the 23rd and 24th of July.

The World Education Congress is an annual affair, which attracts worldwide participation. This year, the Conference partnered World Thought Leaders, and was designed around the theme “Evolving Trends in Education”. The Congress examined modern and traditional knowledge systems. The focus was to explore how education can help develop the mental, emotional and physical skills needed to help facilitate personal excellence, as well as psychological and socioeconomic well-being in the challenging times the world faces today.

Dr. C.N Narayana expressed his feelings after winning the latest award” Visionary Leader Award for excellence in Education, teaching and Leadership”. . He said I believe in what Late APJ Abdul Kalam used to reinstate about his living philosophy- “If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun” and every time I am extended an award or bestowed with an honor, I make sure I stay grounded and my aspirations to make meaningful contribution to academia and world at large get multiplied. He envisions taking KIAMS to new heights, to push the boundaries of convention, and introduce novel , innovative ideas to management grads.

A Management PhD in HRM Strategies (2008) from Canterbury University, UK, Dr. C.N.Narayana is currently the Principal Director of KIAMS, one of the foremost industry-backed management institutes in the country, receiving its support from the engineering giant Kirloskar Group. Dr. Narayana comes from a sterling corporate background, where he spent nearly 25 ears, before moving into the academia in 2010. In his corporate roles, he has traversed a number of industries, with organisations like Godrej & Boyce, GE Appliances, Thermax, Xerox, RPG; Dr. Narayana reached the zenith of his corporate career at Essar Group as the Head – Global Working Capital Assurance. After being bestowed a PhD by Canterbury University, Dr. Narayana shifted into academia, starting with International Management Institute, where he held the dual roles of GM, Operations and Professor between 2007-08. He returned to IMI later in 2011, again in a dual role, as Registrar and Secretary, Board of Governors, and Chief of Operations for New Delhi and Bhubaneswar. Simultaneously, in June 2014, he was inducted as a Professor of HRM and Director of CDL by IFIM, Bangalore, before taking over as Director of KIAMS.

Dr.C.N.Narayana has received many awards both in the Corporate sector and in higher management education, including Time Research Award in 2013,  22nd Dewang Mehta Award for Best  HR Professor Award 2014, Innovative Business School Award 2015 (DNA Award),  Best Professor of the year 2015 by Asia Education Summit & Headlines Today and now World Educational Congress and Thought Leaders “Visionary Leader Award” in July 2015.

CNN Final“In KIAMS vision of ‘Excellence’, my focus is primarily to build the academic rigor to give KIAMS students the skills needed to succeed in the competitive world and to reach the pinnacle of success”, says Dr. C.N. Narayana, Director KIAMS, who has recently joined the institute. He was sharing his understanding of the vision of KIAMS is to provide society a center of learning that excels in Management Education, Research, Training and Consultancy. His efforts are directed towards encouraging the faculty members to bring more output on research and publications. “Training and Consulting will automatically follow once we excel in Education and Research”, he adds. KIAMS has the Centre for Executive Education, which is clearly focusing on Executive Education.

KIAMS, Director, Dr. C.N. Narayana believes KIAMS offer an edge over other institutes: “With KIAMS, students have the option of choosing minor electives like Marketing, Operations or even Finance, along with the major electives. This gives them a better opportunity to succeed at the time of placements”. KIAMS also has a unique Industrial Study method, wherein the students are expected to look into the excellence model of specific organizations under the framework of CII and they are encouraged to learn how ratings are done in manufacturing and other industries. In addition to this, it has an 8-week summer Internship across various industry sectors. This gives every student a deep understanding of how various industries work on a day-to-day basis before they begin working toward final placements. KIAMS continually upgrades its curriculum to meet the industry norms. Beginning in the next academic year, the institute is migrating to a semester system and a 4-month LIP (Long Internship program), which will further strengthen opportunities for both the corporate and student community as a whole. These changes have been implemented with industry inputs to make them more relevant.

Dr. C.N. Narayana shares his opinion on PGDM, saying that the program has a stronger focus on industry and student needs, vis-à-vis MBA programs. It has a highly dynamic curriculum focused on industry inputs. PGDM also includes better evaluation methods, case-study teaching and application focused delivery. These Diplomas are recognized by AICTE and commands better acceptance in the corporate world and amongst the student community, as the education and placements are better, too. He believes PGDM has and will continue to have its edge over university offered MBAs.

Work opportunities are growing today with the economic growth of the country. Employability, however, is a function of a student’s performance. Explaining the grading system at KIAMS, Dr. Narayana said that in Management Education, especially in PGDM institutions, both relative grading and CGPA is widely used. KIAMS uses a CGPA out of 4 for every subject. A+ denotes 4 grade points, A denotes 3.75, B+ is 3.25, B is 3 grade points, and C is 2 grade points. Finally, a D is 1 grade point and an F is 0 grade points. According to Dr. Narayana, this shift in grading makes sense: “ This is undoubtedly better than the 35 percent pass marks of the university grading system. The evaluation criteria is different – if you look at passing, which is equivalent to a “D”, this will be more than 45 total marks. CGPA indicates better educational performance in terms of quality. But from the organizational perspective for the recruitment of quality students, it is just the first filtering criteria.” In addition to CGPA, employers also look at aptitude and attitude when making recruitment decisions. Dr. C.N. Narayana is looking forward to leading the institute towards excellence and meeting the challenges of the dynamic world of business. “KIAMS strongly believes in shaping future leaders with holistic development apart from building budding managers. KIAMS has a consistent record of placement and has an edge over others in terms of corporate relations with the backing of Kirloskar Group.” These words, coming from an evidently sure leader and visionary, set the stage for a new way of looking at education in the 21st century.

24 (2)Dr Gopal Iyengar, Director KIAMS is headed to Dubai to deliver a Management Development Programme on Negotiation Skills and Conflict Resolution. It has already become a hugely anticipated event not only because of the relevance of the subject for our times but also since it comes at the back of the successful Modern Management programme he had delivered last year.

Dr Iyengar is considered to be a voice of authority in the world of management given his 15 years of Industrial experience including Saudi Bahraini Cement Co., which has given him immense insight into corporate functions in the Gulf region. He also has 15 years of experience in Management Education and his papers presented at National and International conferences have always been warmly received.

As the Director of one of the reputed management institutes in India, he’s a respected academician and his management sessions are looked forward to. Little wonder then that when he accepted the offer to conduct a session on Negotiation Skills and Conflict Resolution in Dubai, it raised a lot of curiosity amongst those in the know.

Kirloskar Group has a substantial presence in the Middle East and executives from the company’s esteemed dealers are expected to attend the program. Dr Iyengar himself is quite excited about meeting the participants of the MDP in Dubai. “I am excited about partnering the K-Group in its knowledge initiative for its dealers. There would be cross national and cross cultural participants from the Marketing team of the dealers. That should be interesting,” he says looking forward to the experiences at the program.

“The participants are vastly experienced and that will enrich the delivery,” adds Dr Iyengar about what promises to be an inspiring platform for exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge. Having delivered several MDPs in India, how different does he think this particular programme in Dubai would be? “Firstly, there would be a greater mix of Nationalities and cultures. Secondly the previous Management workshop went very well and they are all geared up for this one,” he enthuses. “Moreover multinational experiences will be brought to the table, which will add to the richness of the programme.”

The Middle East has established itself as a hub for industrial and corporate activities, which has brought the attention of the entire world. Its infrastructure is top notch and several huge projects are in the pipeline in different parts of the region. The Gulf is said to be the future and projected as the centre of growth for the next decade or so. In that context the significance of a programme on Negotiation Skills and Conflict Resolution cannot be overemphasized.

The two day programme delivered by Dr Iyengar is divided into different sessions that are directed towards understanding the concepts and context of conflict and then delving deeper into their classification and the impact they have. There will be sessions that will deal with approaches to resolve conflict including Negotiations as an important tool for it.

The pedagogy for the programme includes lectures, case studies, exchange of experiences, video clips, role play and discussions to have the desired impact on participants and helping them get a better grasp of the subject. There will also be a brainstorming session on a present situation that needs resolution so that participants can get a first-hand experience of putting these concepts into practise.

While Kirloskar group has a prolific presence in Dubai, the huge base KIAMS has in the region cannot be overlooked either. Many of the alumni from the institute have made their home in Dubai and their presence felt in their respective professions. Together they have carried the beliefs of the institute to the area and are its glorious ambassadors.

That’s why the first alumni meet of KIAMS in Dubai to be held during Dr Iyengar’s stay there seems long overdue. It’s something that has added a new dynamic to the trip for the institute Director, who is excited about catching up with his past students. “They have been extremely supportive of our initiatives in Dubai. I know each one of them well from their college days and am sure there will be a lot of nostalgia when we get together.”

Will he be carrying any message for his alumni? “Not really, we’ll just meet and have a blast,” he says. Seemingly all the messages and learning is reserved for participants of the MDP, who should be in for a special treat.

Design (2)With numerous nomenclatures for a post-graduation in Management all over the country, things often become incomprehensible for an aspirant. MBA, PGDM, PGDBM, PGPM, PGDIM, MMS… the list goes on and on. Over a period of time some myths have been repeated so often that they have ended up as gospel truth. First things first, are MBAs or MMSs recognised Masters degree programmes, while PGDM and other programmes simply diplomas?

“There is no difference between the two, in terms of validity or certification,” clarifies Dr. Gopal Iyengar, Director, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies. KIAMS is one of the foremost B-schools in the country, mentored by one of India’s foremost corporate conglomerates – the Kirloskar Group. “The difference essentially has been created by AICTE so that the source of the certification is known. While universities give MBA degrees, AICTE recognised independent institutes confer a PGDM. Independent AICTE recognized institutes like KIAMS, give you a PGDM, while Delhi University or Mumbai University confer MBAs on their students.”

Is there by any chance a disparity in employability? According to Dr. Iyengar, the employability quotient is not dependent on the PGDM/ MBA status. Instead, factors like the brand, credibility and pedagogical excellence of the institution are the deciding factors. How about for higher studies, like those wanting to do a Doctorate and Post Doctorate? We have all heard that a PGDM is not recognised as a Masters programme by universities.

Dr. Iyengar insists that students who do a PGDM from a renowned B-school are much better off than those getting an MBA from a university.

“On an average, the university MBA lags behind non-university management (PGDM) education in terms of adapting and adopting. In progressive B-schools like KIAMS we can see pedagogies, processes and content continuously evolving in step with industry requirements. The tremendous potential of the internet in providing data and information on one’s fingertips, as well as in facilitating professional networking, is also much better harnessed by the top-notch B-schools as compared to universities. The system is closely moving to education in a partnership mode, which includes the institute, industry and the student. As we have had industry acceptance globally for 15 years, surely we must be doing it right!”

Dr. Iyengar points out that a good B-school which employs proper methods, processes and structure actually puts all its cards on the table. So, aspirants must not overlook any information – or lack of it – before taking a decision.

“You will find the audited placement records of KIAMS available in the public domain with the Indian Placement Reporting Standards (IPRS). Please visit http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/iprs/ for details of 2011-12. Good B-schools attract better summer internship offers. Of course, we have the advantage of having a mammoth industry partner of the stature of the Kirloskar Group, which ensures that embedded in the delivery are practical assignments and a wealth of internal, exhaustive case studies.”

Dr. Gopal Iyengar believes that clearly, any premier management institute, seeks to be well endowed in the four resources – people, processes and systems, technologies and relationships – the best bet to deliver quality management education. These are the exact parameters which industry looks for and on which aspirants would do well to assess their options. Then the debate of MBA vs PGDM fades into insignificance.