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Boardroom boys breathe easy

india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 03:38 IST

Fresh out of one of the best B-schools of the country, Sreenivasan was ready to dart up the corporate ladder. Two years into his job with McKinsey — chasing impossible targets, boosting sagging bottomlines and fighting boardroom battles — the sprint has turned into a slow jog. And Sreenivasan is out of breath and on the verge of a burnout. Clearly, stress is one factor that  escapes most SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis taught in India’s B-schools. Not any more.

The XLRI School of Management, has included yoga and meditation in its curriculum as part of stress management lessons for future managers.

The B-School is toying with the idea of drawing up a module of yoga and meditation classes with the help of experts at its modern SC Sarkar Gymnasium from this session.

XLRI director N Casimir Raj said the management had roped in fitness expert Surender Sharma for the classes.

The institute will also seek services of other experts for conducting the session in a more planned manner. "We have been thinking for a long time now about taking the help of such proven means of reducing stress. Stress management is gradually becoming an integral part of the management education in the European countries as well as in India,” said Raj.

Sources in the institute said apart from the gymnasium, the newly-constructed basketball court might also be used for conducting meditation session for different batches.  “We hope that students will show genuine interest in meditation, as it would not only help in their academics but also go a long way in helping them in their work. The gymnasium will initially be used for the meditation session but as the number of students increases, the basketball court may be the ideal place for the purpose," said a source.

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