The BW Education-Future of Management Education Conclave witnessed a thought-provoking panel on Placement, Employability, and HR: Measuring the right fitment.
Among the panel were esteemed leaders of various educational institutions. It included Dr. Shridhar Kumar Dash, Dean, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, Mohit Agarwal, Chairman, Doon Business School, Vivek Ranga, Dean & Campus Head, ICFAI Business School (IBS), Ahmedabad and T G Vijaya, Director, PSG Institute of Management. The session was moderated by AP Parigri, Co-Founder, Radio Mirchi, and OOH Media.
Shridhar Kumar Dash expressed, “Skills will come and go but education will remain permanent. We have to create an education platform which helps us to learn ourselves and not be dependent on any other source”
Mohit Agarwal introducing his institution said that they are great in creating functional managers. They provide them hands-on industry experiences and a lot of real-time work.
He added, “The students we prepare are employable. They are equipped with all the functional tools. Each curriculum that we design very diligently help us to prepare our students for the industry when thy pass-out of the college”
Vivek Ranga asserted that the student side has become much choosier when it comes to placements. The 3 stakeholders of the placement process are the institute, student, and recruiters and all three of them have different definitions of placement for them.
He further added, “We need to change the focus of how our students will perform in college to how they will perform after the placements. Performance focus has to come in and we need to change the pedagogy.”
TG Vijaya expressed her take on placements and said, “The way we look at placement is that management is neither an art nor a science but a skill. So the way we have designed our curriculum is to look at management beyond academics”.
All panelists agreed to work towards creating the right skills that the jobs are looking for today and to modifying their syllabus and curriculum in a way that can translate into practical work of the industry.