Impressed with Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's managerial acumen, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) plans to rope him in for lectures in November.
"The man who can change the fortune of the railways deserves to be a part of the IIM-A course curriculum. He is a great manager and we are going to use his managerial skill through a series of classes," institute director Bakul H Dholakia said.
"We are preparing his case study and it will be ready in two months. We hope that a series of lectures by the minister will help the students understand the subject better," Dholakia said.
The IIM-A director was in New Delhi recently and signed an agreement with IT training major NIIT to start two new short-term courses for working executives. The director said his institute always believed in setting new standards and anyone writing a success story would be welcomed by IIM-A.
He added: "Whatever people may say about Lalu Prasad's political standing, he is certainly a management guru."
"We are sure his case study and lectures will help both our students and teachers in understanding a new field. The minister has some unique experiences and we are quite eager to learn new things."
Lalu Prasad, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief, is credited with turning around the fortune of the railways which ended 2005-06 fiscal with a healthy cash reserve of Rs.110 billion.
Dholakia also said that a team of professors in charge of developing the case study are in touch with the railway ministry and are getting 'enough support'.
"It's really inspiring that a government department is collaborating in formulating our course material," he added.