Interview by Sakshi Aggarwal
With a career spanning more than 30 years in teaching and education administration, Dr. Nishikant’s educational qualification include Ph.D. from Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune in Management; M.Th. (Master of Theology) from Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Pune in Theology; MDBA (Master’s Diploma in Business Administration) from the Institute of Management Development and Research [IMDR], Pune in Human Resource Management and Marketing and BLA (Bachelor of Liberal Arts) from Spicer Memorial College, Pune in Philosophy and History. Apart from this, Dr. Nishikant has certification in German Language from Max Muller.
Currently working as Academic Head & Dean with International School of Management Studies, Pune. Dr. Nishikant has earlier worked as an Associate Professor in IBSAR (Institute of Business Studies and Research), Pune and as an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Biblical Languages in Spicer Memorial College. Dr. Nishikant has also worked as the visiting faculty in a number of institutes. Apart from this, Dr. Nishikar has also attended various seminars and conferences.
Dr. Nishikant’s experience in the education sector
Being a teacher in the education sector has been a very humbling experience, on one hand, and exciting on the other. It is humbling because a teacher has the responsibility of imparting knowledge and not just passing on information. Transforming information into knowledge is an arduous task because unless information becomes meaningful, teaching cannot be effective. Teaching is also very exciting because a teacher is expected to be constantly in the flow of unfolding knowledge. It is a great responsibility to mould young mind and help the young people to find their way in life.
Dr. Nishikant’s philosophy of leadership and his leadership style
In a world that is changing at a fast pace, there is a need for people who would think beyond themselves and lead others in the right direction. It is essential for a leader to be able to lead everyone, both weak and strong and achieve their and organizational goals. This has been my modus operandi in leading the students.
Dr. Nishikant on time management
Prioritize the work and attempt to follow the schedule.
Dr. Nishikant’s relationship with current student and alumni of ISMS, Pune
I always try and find time for the students. At ISMS, the students are very important and we never turn them away when they need us by sharing knowledge from our past experience. We conduct informal interaction with the students where we attend to their concerns as well as give our views on their performance. We are in constant interaction with our past students and the industry they are with. Apart from this, we often invite our past students to impart their experience about the corporate world. We take the help of our alumni for placing our students.
Dr. Nishikant on how a healthy culture and climate is established among the diverse family of ISMS, Pune
The culture of ISMS is very friendly and open, which allows for all the students to get the attention they want from us. We have developed a healthy culture over the years by consciously developing, with us and among the students, a deep sense of respect for each other. Thus, we have a very good climate fostering the close bond between management and students.
Dr. Nishikant on what makes stand apart from other institutions
Firstly, our academic program is oriented towards the need of the hour – i.e. all courses are Strategic Management oriented. Secondly, we give personal attention to each student for their course-work. Thirdly, the courses that we offer are all centred on research that helps the students to develop critical and research-oriented thinking.
Qualities, which over the years have helped Dr. Nishikant and the entire management create a brand name for ISMS, Pune
The selection process for getting caliber students, well-qualified faculty with long years of experience and a good academic and social culture.
Dr. Nishikant on how do they prepare students to face challenges of modern organizations and global standards successfully
We have special sessions with the students where we help them to understand the need for professionalism, know the importance of developing strategic thinking, develop their personal and professional skills and develop a mind to research.
Goals in mind for ISMS, Pune for the next five years
Skill enhancement in the areas of critical thinking, strategic thinking, and other professional skills, to make the students ready for employability in the corporate world, to conducting time to time Faculty Development Programme to enhance the academic standards of the Institution and to mprove teaching methods by strong institute-industry collaboration.
Suggestions for the current youth and the aspiring students
Gain knowledge beyond your normal academic requirement, learn to come out the comfort-zone and broaden your horizon of understanding and develop professionalism with respect to the corporate world.