Professor Ashish Nanda, who is all set to take over as the new director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad on September 2, strongly feels that a very important determinant of learning in a discussion-based classroom comes from the diverse experiences of class participants.
Dr Nanda, a professor of Harvard Law School is the first academician from an overseas institute to head any of the IIMs.
Responding to the recent decision of IIM-A to change its selection criteria such that non engineers get a level chance for selection, Prof Nanda who is an alumni of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad told HT: “Ensuring a diverse mix of entering students, on multiple dimensions will enrich everyone’s learning,”
Indian management education at prestigious institutions such as IIM-A is already of very high quality, he said adding: “It needs to maintain such quality while ensuring that the educational experience offered to its students equips them to be successful in the enterprises they join.”
Asked on how he felt on heading an institute, from which he passed he said: “ A lot of what I learned is thanks to my experiences here 30 years ago as a student. It feels like a life coming full circle to return to IIM-A.”