Prof. Ramesh Behl is the Director and Professor at International Management Institute, Bhubaneswar and a full Professor at IMI Delhi. Prof. Ramesh Behl is credited with building and transforming IMI Bhubaneswar to an institution of National importance.His teaching and research expertise includes Business Analytics,Enterprise Systems and Emerging Technologies. Prof. Behl has over thirty three years of teaching, research and consulting experience. Staying connected for these many years, he explains why education is the best domain to work in. Along with that, he throws light on becoming an effective leader and why it is important to form a team for effective functioning of the institute. He goes on to describe the changes and exposure brought in by international conferences and how the institute have brought innovation in their teaching pedagogies. He further describes how the institute is instilling skill sets to make students industry ready. Putting emphasis on developing skills is important for the students and their focus should be on the same. Placements are secondary criteria which can be fulfilled with the right skill sets. He concludes by saying that Try to acquire the knowledge as much as you can and sharpen your skills.
The factor that keeps me connected with the education sector is my passion
The factor that keeps me connected with the education sector is my passion. Passion to contribute to society. Throughout my career I have been associated with the education institute, except for initial years of my career working with the industry. The knowledge that one has gained needs to share for the development and betterment of the society.
One cannot create or run an institution at an individual level
People centric and open culture are the key styles of my leadership, I prefer to take my team along. One cannot create or run an institution at an individual level, it is the team who builds and contributes to the success of an institution. We started IMI Bhubaneswar in an entrepreneurial mode, where we empower our people from day one. This empowerment helped every individual to stay connected with the institution and get a feel of ownership. The entrepreneurship style helped us to take risks and implement things in a different way. This helped us in implementing innovative systems and processes. The empowerment of individuals also helped us create a highly motivated team, which contributed to our success.
Programmes that we offer tries to fill the immediate needs of the industry
At IMI Bhubaneswar, we have a very strong multi-layered governance structure and each layer has a good representation of industry leaders. Whatever programmes that we offer tries to fill the immediate needs of the industry. All our programmes prepare our students to be industry ready, as all the programmes are designed and structured with inputs from industry leaders. At IMI Bhubaneswar, we have a very strong connection with the industry through various forums & initiatives of ours. These forums help us to connect and interact with the industry leaders on a continuous basis. Our academic advisory board is also a perfect mix of academia and industry, which helps us in keeping our programmes and courses relevant as per the need of businesses. We also have a very strong and connected alumni base and we take feedback from our alumni on a regular basis. Our Alumni members are our best brand ambassadors.
International conferences bring global talent at our campus
We deliver knowledge that is relevant for the global business environment. IMI Bhubaneswar is a true International Management Institute and the teaching, training and research that is conducted is of international standard. We have strong international collaborations with the leading business schools of the world, we invite leading global faculty members to our campus, we do collaborative research and training along with global faculties. IMI Bhubaneswar conducts three international conferences every year in association with our global partner institutions. These international conferences help in bringing the global talent at our campus. We have also started the global accreditation process, to validate and align our system and process to global standards.
We have brought innovation in our teaching pedagogies and moved from typical lecture based teaching simulation based teachings
We always create our curriculum with the inputs from the industry leaders and are validated at multiple levels as per our governance structure. IMI Bhubaneswar got accredited to National Board of Accreditation (NBA) in 2016, as soon as we got eligible for the accreditation. The NBA accreditation also validated the fact that the curriculum offered by IMI is as per the best practices. We are also associate members of EFMD Global and soon will be going for EQUIS accreditation, which is one of the most prestigious global accreditation. Over a period of time, we have also innovated our teaching pedagogies and moved from typical lecture based teaching to case based to role play to simulation based teachings.
Some of the scholarships are merit based and some for a specific set of students
We do not differentiate between students and all are equal for us. To recognize the talent, we have introduced a number of scholarships. Some of these scholarships are merit based and some for a specific set of students. To support social causes, we have scholarships for the wards of defense personnel; scholarships for economically backwards students etc.
My role and responsibility is to ensure that quality education is delivered to my students
If you talk about my role and responsibilities it encapsulates each and everything. My role and responsibility is to ensure that quality education is delivered to my students. To ensure whatever is required for their career development, it is provided to them. I do open houses with my students to understand their needs and try to address them.
We would like to consolidate quality teaching, training and research in the years to come
In this uncertain time, ten years is a long period to talk about. We would like to consolidate quality teaching, training and research in the years to come. We will be going for international accreditations and strengthen our global reach. At IMI Bhubaneswar, we have already started Incubation Foundation to support young entrepreneurs. We have already started mentoring a couple of start-ups and also become part of start-up Orissa initiative of Government of Orissa.
It is important for institutions to offer skill based courses in a flexible manner
Getting the right kind of faculty resource is quite difficult. Today, every person wants to learn and acquire knowledge in a flexible manner and also wants to acquire only specific skills. So, it is important for institutions like us to offer skill based courses in a flexible manner. IMI is soon venturing into that space through blended learning.
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Try to acquire the knowledge as much as you can and sharpen your skills
One important suggestion for aspiring students is, please don't run after placements. Try to acquire the knowledge as much as you can and sharpen your skills. If you have the necessary skills, placement will happen. You need to keep updating yourself by unlearning old things and learning new things. Try to be a good human being and develop respect for every other individual. Always work in an ethical manner and there is no shortcut for hard work.