Could you tell us more about the energy management course?
The course has been formulated in collaboration with Bauer College of Business in University of Houston. They want to focus on teaching this course all over South East Asia, using India as the base.
How will it work?
The course is designed in a way that allows professionals who are already in the field to take it and continue with their work at the same time.
That way, they can use the knowledge they acquire at their workplace. We are also looking at companies sponsoring people for the course.
What led you to think of this?
Our founder, Prof. Bala V Balachandran, has extensively networked with university officials from all across the United States, including the University of Houston. He decided to start this course in India, realising its potential. Our campus in Chennai is also a completely green campus.
You have teamed up with the University of Houston. How will they contribute to this programme?
Teachers from that university will fly down to India to teach students. Since this will be done for a few days at a stretch, it will be totally feasible.
When will the course start?
In the first quarter of 2010.
What is the duration?
The course duration is 18 months but those who have to work full time can come for 80 days’ worth of classroom sessions. These sessions will be spread over three months — two weeks at a time.
What subjects will it cover?
Basic management and marketing operations with the focus on energy. The information imparted will be pertinent, considering we have people like the CFO of Exxon Mobil coming to lecture.
How much will the course cost?
The fee is Rs 12 lakh, but we are looking at companies sponsoring their best employees. Companies send their employees for courses abroad, so this will cut their expenses immensely, while giving them the same quality of education.
You have been in talks with the Union ministry of petroleum, and they are interested. How will you involve them in this?
The government of India has taken a keen interest in this course, and we are looking to perhaps contribute to policy-making decisions in the public sector. This subject is of national importance.
Could you tell us about the MoU with Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, to create a centre for excellence in energy management?
Yes, the Indira Gandhi Centre is party to the MoU. This happened a few months ago and we are working out the details.