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Meet these IIM-L managers in uniform

SIXTY SENIOR Army officers took their first step towards becoming managers in reputed organisations after completion of their six months general management programme (GMP) at IIM-Lucknow (IIM-L) here on Friday.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 00:14 IST

SIXTY SENIOR Army officers took their first step towards becoming managers in reputed organisations after completion of their six months general management programme (GMP) at IIM-Lucknow (IIM-L) here on Friday.

The Army officials ranging from the rank of Captain to Brigadiers have also formed a website, forcesofindia.com to remain in touch with those officials who have taken up alternative employment through a similar programme held at IIM-L earlier.

Major general, Harwant Krishan, director general, resettlement, who arrived at IIM-L to distribute certificates to the 60 successful Army officials during his valedictory address stressed on the importance of re-employment of Army officials after their retirement.

“About 60,000 Army officers retire every year. There are about 19 lakh retired officers registered with the resettlement wing and these include about 4.5 lakh widows of martyrs. Such programmes as the one at IIM-L indeed would go a long way in providing gainful employment to army personnel who are fit and raring to go even after their retirement,” Maj Gen Krishan observed.

Of the 60 officers who took the IIM-L course, 41 were from Army, 10 from the Navy and rest from the Air Force. The satisfaction of having successfully undergone managerial training at IIM-L was evident from the faces of the officers—both young and veterans—as they spoke about their plans for the future.

Among those who excelled in their course were Lieutenant Commander Nitish Pandey, Commander Jaya, Captain Rupendra Kaur, Captain Deepesh Gambhir and Flight Lieutenant Gangawar etc.

While Lt Commander Nitish Pandey has already got several offers from various organisations the IIM-L faculty was hopeful that others too would slip into any top managerial position with consummate ease.

As the DG resettlement explained there were brilliant examples of army officers, like Captain Gopinath who set up the hugely successful Air Deccan airlines that is now well known for its cost-effective air travel. “There is every reason to believe that these 60 officers would bring laurels to the profession they choose to enter after their retirement-voluntary or otherwise—from the armed forces,” he said.

This was the second such course at IIM-L that was started after IIM-L director Prof Devi Singh took charge. Having run the course successfully during his stint as director of MDI, Gurgaon, Prof Singh was responsible for initiating the course at IIM-L too. Said Lt Commander Nitish Pandey, “so far we knew how to manage our men. But, the IIM-L course has taught us how to manage organisations and the ingredients required to run them successfully. We learnt about the corporate world and I think the experience has been invaluable.”

Captain D Gambhir too echoed similar opinion.

“Our experience with the armed forces already taught us so many things like managing our men and forces in war and peace. But, this experience at IIM-L has been enriching for it has opened up huge possibilities for us,” he said.

Lt Commander Bhawana Sharma described her stint at IIM-L as an “enriching lesson” while Brigadier MS Dhillon felt that “we learnt about new management models.” Did they have any problems taking lessons after being used to giving orders? “Well, initially sitting in a classroom and taking lessons did seem a bit uncomfortable but gradually with the passage of time we started enjoying the course and discovered the pearls of wisdom that the course contained,” Brigadier Dhillon said.

Present on the occasion were chairperson PGP Prof Archana Shukla, chairperson MDP, Prof Neerja Pande, Prof R Srinivasan, Prof Sushil Kumar besides several other senior teachers.