Just an IIM course is not enough!
COL C S Mohan, Director of All India Management Association (AIMA)?Centre for Management Services (CMS) (better known as AIMA-CMS) believes that just doing a Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) from an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) does not make one a successful manager.india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 10:46 IST
COL C S Mohan, Director of All India Management Association (AIMA)—Centre for Management Services (CMS) (better known as AIMA-CMS) believes that just doing a Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) from an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) does not make one a successful manager.
“It’s all about being practical and relevant. Attending a Management Development Programme (MDP) regularly has become a necessity for all corporate managers irrespective of the institution they enroll themselves at because regular short-term training programmes can only make managers look at the practical side of managing people or business,” he says.
Col Mohan believes that even ‘B’ and ‘C’ Category business schools have used MDP programmes to good effect by making students understand the importance of their management skills being relevant to the industry. “Students who have attended the MDP programmes on their campuses or outside have told AIMA about practical benefits of developing skills the industry had been looking for even before they became corporate managers,” he says.
“Why just students? The faculty of a management school should be regularly deployed for industry training for two months every year. What can you expect a faculty to teach students about managing production if he had not seen a shop floor in his life. The industry wants the academia to teach students what it wants in the globalised economic environment,” says Col Mohan.
At the institutional level such as AIMA, there is a consistent activity of inviting corporate leaders and deans of the country’s business schools to deliberate on how best to improve industry-academia interaction. At the end of each interaction, a comprehensive report is prepared in the form of a book and circulated to both the industry and the academia across the country, he says.
To the issue of increasing number of retired Army personnel finding key management assignments in management bodies, business schools and the corporate world, Col Mohan commented: “Attributes such as integrity and dedication to a job which is a given in active Army life helps retired Army personnel become ideal candidates for corporates and business schools to lead large teams of students and professionals”.
“Most Army personnel, during their service days, join a course to adjust better to the civilian life when they retire. I did a course from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) during my service days and it has paid off well,” he says.