Interview by Yash Panchal
Dr. Mohsin Shaikh is the Professor & Head of Department of Management Studies at SKN College of Engineering. He completed B.Sc from Poona College. He is an MBA and Ph.D. from University of Pune and MA (Public Administration) from University of Madras. He has also passed the UGC - NET examination for the award of a junior research fellowship. Currently, 8 students are pursuing Ph.D. and 2 students are pursuing M.Phil under his guidance.
Dr. Shaikh has over 18 years of experience in teaching PG students at various management institutes under University of Pune, Shivaji University, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University. Prior to SKNCOE, he has also worked as Lecturer and Assistant Professor. He is trained in Case Method of Teaching by Harvard Business School, USA and in writing by TISS, Mumbai.
His area of expertise is HRM, Strategy & Entrepreneurship. He has authored books on Industrial Psychology, OB and Business Research Methods. Dr. Shaikh is a life member of professional bodies like Indian Society of Training & Development, Indian Society for Labour , National of Personnel Management, National HRD Network and Quality circle forum of India.
Dr. Shaikh’s experience in the education industry
The education industry of today is very different from what it used to be 20 years ago. One major issue with the education industry today is the policing by multiple agencies and regulators, there has to be only one regulatory authority at the national level for the entire education sector. I appreciate the efforts of the current government and the HRD minister for granting autonomy status to various central, state, private, deemed universities and colleges.
We need more such institutions in the country. There is a of competition with the setting up of private universities. The industry is still considered good to work as the working environment, working hours and the culture is one of the best as compared to other sectors where there is less chance to make an on the lives of the people and the society at large. The personal satisfaction in this field is highest.
Dr. Shaikh’s philosophy of leadership
I believe in a participatory style of leadership. I involve my staff in the decision-making process and assign them tasks with full autonomy and responsibility.
Challenges faced as the Professor & Head of SKNCOE, Pune
The most significant task I faced in the was to make people independent and capable of taking responsibility their actions.
Dr. Shaikh on how his work experience as the Lecturer & Professor of various other institutes helped him in SKNCOE
I was fortunate to work in four other institutes with a culture and different type of students. I worked in an institute which was very new, another which was going in the decline phase and other two were in their maturity phase, each of these institutes had different challenges and I had the opportunity to address these challenges successfully. Also in the initial phase of my career, I handled all aspects of the institution work right from preparing a proposal of a new institute, admission, student counseling, liaison with industries, academic planning and accreditation, placements, student development, identification of resource persons, these all experiences came handing in my current position and in the organisation.
Curriculum of SKNCOE, Pune
The revised curriculum of Savitribai Phule Pune University which SKNCOE follows is one of the best among all the business schools in the country. We have the choice based credit system, innovative evaluation pattern, over 18 Sectorial and traditional specializations which ensures that the student is exposed to the latest trends and requirements of the industry.
Changes noticed in the Education Industry over the past few years
There are 3 major trends which I have noticed in the education industry, one there is a of competition among institutions in attracting quality students, second there has been an increase in the use of information technology in the design and delivery of the educational experience to the students and the third trend is the shortage of committed and dedicated faculty entering the education industry.
I had conducted a research project on the requirement of the from the students and it was found that the corporate world wants the students to have good communication and analytical skills, understanding of the larger business perspective and the ability to lead and learn in the ever-changing business environment.
Growth of students through placement opportunities available at SKNCOE, Pune
We at SKNCOE focus on the holistic development of the student. Apart from regular lectures, we have a with Harvard Publishing for using the case studies which helps in improving their analytical and communication skills, we provide them opportunities for live projects so that they get hands-on experience of the industry environment and also involve them in the planning and execution of various events so as develop their leadership and organizing skills. We would like our students to explore international internship and placements through MOUs with various international universities and agencies.
Mr. Shaikh on his with the students being the Professor & Head of SKNCOE, Pune and his availability for them
From the very beginning of my career I have always followed an open door policy, any student any time can enter my cabin for any issue related academics or any other matter. My faculty is also available to the students at any time. We also have a group of not only the current students but also of our alumni who are in direct contact with the faculty members.
Ideal school environment according to Mr. Shaikh
I would want my students to be self-motivated and plan their own educational experience in the institute. I would like to give them the freedom to choose their subjects, their specializations as well as plan and execute all the event and programs organized by the institute. We already have formed various committees of students who are given the freedom to plan, organize and execute the events in consultation with the faculty members, but I want them to take the initiative and plan and organize the events themselves with minimum help from the faculty members.
Top qualities that an aspiring Engineering/Management student must possess
The aspiring management graduate should have the ability to lead, communicate and understand the business environment at the national and global level.
Goals in mind for SKNCOE for the next few years
I would like to focus on three major goals, one to prepare our students for global placements and internships, second provide our faculty members opportunities for consultancy assignments for the industry and start a global and local immersion programme for our students as well as foreign students at interested to understand the Indian business environment.
Suggestions to the current youth and the aspiring students
My suggestion for the youth of today is to take charge of their lives and their career, have a global mindset and focus on creating and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in whatever career they choose.