Dr. Ajay is the Director of GL Bajaj Institute of Management, Greater Noida. He is an enterprising academician with an enriching experience of 32 years in the field of education, research, training &consultancy. In the interview he mentions about the influential tool education is and how educational leaders propagate a learning environment for the institution to grow. He goes on to add that the continuous flow of technological revolution around the world has opened new vistas to masses, and how the institute articulates various dimensions of KRAs to guarantee an enviable confidence. Furthermore, he describes the road ahead is full of newer approaches to education.On a concluding note he advises students to endeavour upon exploring their hidden abilities and evolve into successful professionals.
Education is an influential tool to cultivate values in an individual
Having worked in the education sector for so long, I personally feel that education is more than an economic investment as it is an essential input, upon which life, development and the survival of a man depends. This ideology drives me to realise that it is the responsibility of everyone in a country to educate; whether we are parents, adults, children, or teachers. Since education is a powerful instrument of social change and human progress, it is also an influential tool to cultivate values in an individual.
Thus, I feel privileged to recognize the greater responsibility of mine to impart learning and nurturing values through education and facilitate the opportunity for people to develop as fully as possible.
Educational leaders are the cornerstone of the institution on which learning communities function and grow
In my opinion, educational leaders play a pivotal role in affecting the climate, attitude and reputation of their institute. They are the cornerstone on which learning communities function and grow. Therefore, I sincerely believe in the necessity of building community through empowering faculties, cultivating leadership skills and effective delegations of tasks based upon the individual’s competency for optimal utilization of data and resources. To adapt and thrive in a challenging environment and efficiently respond to recurring problems, I follow adaptive leadership. My focus is to bring out the best in every team member and motivate all to create a collaborative and inclusive learning environment.
Envisioning a sustainable curriculum amongst the continuous disruption is the need of the hour
I believe envisioning a sustainable curriculum amongst the continuous disruption is the need of the hour. Hence, our institute with its constant impetus on delivering professional excellence has structured an array of value added certifications from MSME and BSE, Club activities showcasing students’ talents in a varied spectrum of subjects ranging from stock market trading and portfolio management, advertisement and marketing campaign, CSR and community services. The road to success comes through hard work, determination and perseverance. GLBIMR has witnessed meteoric growth and success which is visible through academic excellence and awards and ranking from Assocham, CSR, ABP, Outlook, IRMA, Times etc.
The continuous flow of technological revolution around the world has opened new vistas to masses
The continuous flow of technological revolution along with rapid growth and development around the world has opened new vistas to masses for developing the knowledge and skill based society. GLBIMR provides students a rich opportunity to learn practically through interaction, working methods and employment practices by regularly arranging live projects, industrial and corporate visits and running specific corporate skill development workshops to increase the employability quotient of students. Students get involved in live streaming and analysis and club activities such as Thinking Hats and Technovation. We provide students global exposure with internationally acclaimed corporate leaders as adjunct faculty members. We are also associated with international network platforms such as United Nation Global Compact Network, India (UNGCI). Also the institute participated in Harvard University- Leadership program and collected important insights for improving the management system. In the later segment he emphasizes why it is important to provide an ambient environment to the students. On a concluding note, he advises students to
We articulate various dimensions of KRAs to guarantee an enviable confidence in our students
The curriculum of GLBIMR is specifically designed to articulate various dimensions of the strategic Key Result Areas (KRAs) which guarantees an enviable confidence and alertness in our students resulting in enviable futuristic expertise in dealing with the intricacies of managerial decisions. GLBIM strives to ensure the best practices of the industry through corporate interface series, industrial visits, entrepreneurship development cell, Startup summits, soft skill enhancement programs, technical skills development subjects such as MS Excel, Analytics, selling skills; expert talk, global talk, input of corporate experts for curriculum designing.
Individuals equipped with knowledge can internalize and apply the knowledge in everyday’s life
Generally, education is always associated with the process of delivering skill, disseminating knowledge and internalizing value. Practically, individuals who are equipped with knowledge can internalize and apply the knowledge in everyday’s life. Upliftment of any institute is based upon students’ academic and professional excellence. For holistic development of students my focus would be to build up harmony, empower students to voice out their views, expose them to their real potential, lead them to become a better person and widen their views in certain areas. Also we facilitate them with best possible resources like qualified faculty, technologically advanced infrastructure, corporate exposure, upskilling and placement assistance and mentoring mechanism..
Road ahead for us includes newer approaches to education and focus on quality research, entrepreneurship and employability
Road ahead for GLBIMR definitely includes new approaches to education like blended learning and more focus on quality research, consultancy, entrepreneurship and employability. To reflect the GLBIMR’s commitment to ensuring excellence in management education across the global, the institute is keen to accomplish foreign academic collaboration, International ranking and accreditations and strategies the policies to attract best faculty and students.
Amalgamating the faculty, students, infrastructure and curriculum to ensure essential development was a vision
My vision for the college was amalgamation of four elements of contemporary professional education and training system, i.e. faculty, students, infrastructure and curriculum to ensure the development of essential qualities in the student managers as key to success: Sincerity, Personal Integrity, Humility, Dedication, Wisdom and Charity. With recent development, incorporation of remote technology in order to make education system disruption proof has become part and parcel of shared vision. Moving forward in this direction GLBIMR is proud to announce that we have successfully managed to run online classes to ensure educational resources within students’ reach.
We inculcate learning processes through competition, collaboration and cooperation
GLBIMR embodies the value system of the group and inculcates a learning process through competition, collaboration and cooperation. The multi pronged approach in pedagogy and the faculty at GLBIMR ensures the transformation of an aspiring professional into a committed and employable contributor to society and nation at large. To match and exceed the corporate expectation, our academic calendar is a reflection of a balanced roadmap for extensive soft skills programs and various activities to enhance competitive spirit. GLBIMR provides the opportunity to every student to attend the prestigious corporate events and make them corporate ready through industrial and corporate visits which is over and above the statutory requirement. In order to inculcate the research and applied approach right from the beginning, minor projects have been made a compulsory course for students.
The escalating cost and deplorable quality of education with low gross enrolment ratio remains a challenge
Every nation and society have to create the pool of intellectual wealth coupled with a defined set of skills so that to capitalize upon the current demands and contextual requirements. Although India is home to the largest number of Higher Education institutions in the world however we lag behind in producing world class universities and establishing our position in world ranking. The escalating cost and deplorable quality of education with low gross enrolment ratio for higher education still remains a stern challenge. Recently the world witnessed an unprecedented disruption in form of Covid-19 pandemic, resulting into a complete standstill of the higher education system across the globe. Thus, we at GLBIMR feel that leveraging the remote education technologies is the need of the hour. Our institute has undergone significant transformation in paving the way for critical examination and evaluation of new and innovative approaches to management through online lectures, webinars, workshops, quizzes and video lectures.
We offer monitoring mechanisms, collaborative working approach for an ambient environment to the students
Positive and productive learning environments are key to students’ academic, emotional and social success. There are many key components of a healthy environment we follow, like offering monitoring mechanisms, collaborative working approach, club activities, promoting democratic leadership styles, grievance redressal and ensuring clear and explicit policies.
Students should endeavour upon exploring their hidden abilities and evolve into successful professionals
I would suggest students endeavor to endeavour upon exploring their hidden abilities and strengths, spark curiosity to ignite learning, upskill, grow and evolve into successful professionals in their areas of interest and specialization. Certain key skills they must adopt are Adaptability, Dedication, Enthusiasm, Creativity and innovation to smoothen their success path.