Interview by Bhawna Rawat
Prof. Kameswari Chowduri is working in Aurora’s Business School as an Associate Professor from the past five years. She holds an MBA degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTUH). She has a remarkable experience of 18 years as an educator. She has worked in foreign institutions for four years. She has served in a couple of management colleges prior to joining Aurora’s Business School. She is specialized in HR, career guidance and personality development areas. Presently she is pursuing her Ph. D. from Annamalai University.
Prof. Chowduri’s teaching interests lie in the areas of Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior, and Talent Management. In addition, she has administrative skills and research skills which contributed to her participation in national and international seminars, workshops and conferences. She has visited North-East Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi which gave her exposure to an international environment with a diverse culture and strategic thinking. Her primary responsibility as the head of the management is to promote academic quality and efficient teaching consistent with the mission of the business school. This includes building strategic planning and assessment efforts, coordinating with the faculties for executing academic programmes and scheduling the sessions of the faculty.
Values and skillset that are nurtured at Aurora Business School
We develop skills and expertise in a range of subjects to bring a set of personal values and consistent skill sets that flourish with
- Passion for teaching and learning.
- An open attitude to new ideas that improve the classroom experience of students.
- Skills to coach, mentor and inspire other members and teams.
- Promoting characteristics such as personal excellence as patience, strategic outlook, decisiveness, empathy, hard-work, sensitivity, respect, politeness, knowledge, passion, positivity, adaptability, self-awareness, data awareness, and emotional intelligence.
- Conventional Learning approach includes strategies for taking students’ leadership skills to the next level.
- Interactive Learning approach includes developing a global network of peers whose challenges are mirrored by self.
- Research skills include observation, data handling, interpretive and assessment, evaluation, tracking and target-setting skills.
Strategies used to help learners who are underachieving in
a) Prof. Kameswari’s classes
Understanding the phenomenon of so as to develop cognitive, emotional and managerial skillset through
- Providing awareness
- Tutorial Classes
- Clarification of doubts
- Improving the self-learning process
- Supporting/Motivating to focus on basics
b) Classes taught by other teachers in the department
The Visiting faculty, the CEO’s of startups who had established business provide live cases and deal with the practical situation to enhance problem-solving skills. These skills support and strengthen the core competencies for student’s long career and sustainability in the industry.
Functions of the regular department meetings
In the meetings we figure out the effective implementing of academic schedules, continuous assessment, and evaluation of students with 360 degrees performance appraisal, sorting and resolving student issues and managing their affairs by prioritizing to get readiness for the corporate world.
How we deal with parents’ feedback on the faculty
A positive approach to receiving a parent always supports student-teacher relationship
Hence receiving parent’s information helps in identifying and resolving issues in student affairs.
The responsibilities of a HOD:
- Scheduling the classes
- Student discipline
- Project Monitoring
- Organizing industrial visits and international study tours every year
- Facilitating the completion Course Curriculum as per schedule
- Monitoring syllabus Completion
- Coordinating continuous Assessment and evaluation process
- Organizing events, seminars, workshops, symposiums
- Arranging guest lectures
- Providing pre-placement training
- Coordinating on-campus and off-campus placements.
- Maintaining a harmonious relationship with ABS stakeholders
- Monitoring Industry Institute interaction cell activities.
- Running student clubs
- Ensuring student participation in all
- Enrolling students in professional associations
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How we ensure that students excel in their fields
Students are expected to learn about strategies for business development, building global leadership skills, research and development across the corporate world and manage changes in policies and practices for their career success. We pay attention to these.
Views on centralizing all the department resources and methods
Optimum utilization of resources and knowledge sharing for prospering together. However, too much of centralization is counter-productive.
A suitable "mission statement" for our department
Our Mission is to nurture socially and environmentally sensitive global business leader.
Student- teacher relationship needs to be nurtured all the time
The student-teacher relationship is a powerful and unique relationship that needs to be nurtured all the time. It is possible through grooming, trusting, adapting, welcoming diversity, mutual respect and open communication.
The development of students at ABS for the recruitment marketplace
Improved skills and knowledge, including softer employability skills, specific technical skills and competencies are under focus. The Ability to compete in a turbulent graduate recruitment marketplace is the need of the hour.
Prof. Chowduri’s philosophy style is to lead by example
Demonstrate, rather than commanding.
A leader should have the emotional intelligence quotient
I wish to lead by example.
Prof. Chowduri suggests the principle of KASH to students for achieving success
A KASH for Success
K for Knowledge (Updating Knowledge)
A for Attitude (Positive attitude to keep in their mind)
S for Skill sets (New skills acquired from the industry)
H for Habit (Punctuality, discipline, adhering, meeting deadlines)
- Integration of high–impact learning practices with demonstrated pedagogical improvements to improve students so that they turn up as globally transformed leaders.