Mr. Ramkumar Mishra is currently the Senior Professor and Director of Institute of Public Enterprise. His professional services include dedication of forty-one years as Director, Senior Professor, Dean, Professor, Research Coordinator, Chairman Financial Management Division at IPE; and Lecturer in Economic Administration and Financial Management for University of Rajasthan. As a Director of IPE, the responsibilities entrusted in him relate to leading networking, planning, expansion management, research, consultancy, management education, training and management, development, interacting with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues, and creating competitive advantage for institutional building. During the course of association with IPE, frequent interaction takes place with global and regional organizations. During his tenure, he has attained various Fellowships and Visiting Professorships along with his Educational qualification.
Ques 1: Kindly tell us about your experience in the education industry and what makes it the best industry to work in?
Ans. Education industry creates and gives a big push to the social overhead capital. According to Rosenstein Rodan, without education, no country can think of economic growth and development. Education contributes to building up a cohesive and harmonious society. Education builds up an informed society leading to developing a self-sustained employment base which goes on increasing due to creativity, innovations, and R&D. It has been seen that the destiny of a family undergoes a total transformation through access to education empowering the family for employment. Education creates an eco-system for providing various skills ranging from technical, professional, self-employment, combating and manning the industry, agriculture, government and social sectors. For those involved in teaching, the education industry is considered to be the best as they get paid for the work that they like to do. Education industry provides self-esteem to those who are engaged in the task of delivering education.
Ques 2: Any of the significant challenges you faced as the Director of Institute of Public Enterprise?
Ans. The challenges faced are manifold. One, lessening dependence on the government. Two, keeping pace with the changes arising out of various stakeholders. Three, taking institute to another level by creating a differentiator in terms of integrating research, consultancy, and training with teaching. Four, creating a world-class infrastructure partly self-funded and partly on borrowed money from banks asking to stand up for time engrossing and highly complicated scrutiny. Fifth, motivating colleagues to enrich their teaching from looking around to industry, peer group schools and day-to- day developments. Sixth, selling the concept that management education is not only limiting to management courses but enmeshing it with social sciences, sciences, and technology.
Ques 3: How does your curriculum ensure best practices of the industry?
Ans. The IPE Dean continuously oversees that what is taught is practice based management. In all the activities of the Institute, IPE jointly works with industry at the micro level, industry associations at the macro level, and the governments at the meta level. Each course has a Board of Studies and for all the courses and academic activities, the Institute has an Academic Advisory Council which has a fair representation of public sector, the private sector, social enterprise sector, government and international organizations. The Alumni of the Institute is significantly involved in the activities of the Institute.
Ques 4: What goals do you have in your mind for Institute of Public Enterprise?
Ans. The goals include:
- Delivery purposeful management education in consonance with the requirements of various stakeholders
- Preparing the pass outs to rise up to the expectations and have grit and determination to face challenges and overcome them
- Be socially responsive
- Become self-sustaining
- Be an institution that always welcomes new idea and appreciating change
Ques 5: You pride yourself on the level of education and responsibility you teach here to students. How do you ensure the quality of education in your institution?
Ans. IPE prepares students with a well-rounded personality. The quality is ensured through continuous interaction with and among students, having a 360 degree feedback, working together with industry and the other stakeholders, and remains current in disposition.
Ques 6: How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
Ans. The message that goes to students joining Institute is that the Institute belongs to them. They have to work on the principles of taking relevant initiatives, putting themselves in the leadership position and fulfilling the expectations in future of those with whom they are going to work.
Ques 7: How do you tend to establish a relationship with the students?
Ans. Teachers are facilitators, mentors, guides, and coaches. We always provide access to them. We involve them in the decision making of the Institute in terms of course delivery and issues related to course execution. To harness their talent, we have set up a number of clubs starting from book reading to covering startups, entrepreneurship, travel, and tourism, subject related associations. We liberally connect them to their peer groups in India to showcase their talent.
Ques 8: How do you look at the growth of students through placement opportunities available at Institute of Public Enterprise? How do you wish to push the envelope further?
Ans. The placements at IPE have been always fulfilling. We are nearly at 100% barring those who would be on their own, setting up start-ups or going abroad. We are integrating placements and admission activities. We have created an infrastructure – soft and hard–commensurate to the need for a large management education institution. We arrange personality development program and provide access to them to the personality and communication labs. However, we are engaged in thinking to work on altogether different lines. We would now tailor our programs keeping in view the requirements of the companies that come to visit IPE for placements. This would help us in matching our course delivery with the needs of the industry.
Ques 9: What is your philosophy of leadership? How would you describe your leadership style?
Ans. My philosophy of leadership is of working together and inculcates shared vision enveloping both faculty and staff. This goes beyond the normal understanding. In IPE, all of us have the sensitivity of sense of belonging to the Institute. The leadership style pervading the Institute is to move forward together each moment and make a place for ourselves to be visible and communicative.
Ques 10: Any suggestions you would like to give to the current youth and the aspiring students?
Ans. My suggestion would be to be less emotional, more realistic, goal focused, inculcate the feeling of falling nine times to get up ten times and understand the dynamics of the world based on what Lord Krishna showed to Arjuna to be read from Chapter XI of Gita.Last Updated - 26 Jul 2017