Interview by Yash Panchal

Dr. Indrajit Goswami, Professor-HR,  Associate Dean-Research, NLDIMSR

Dr. Indrajit Goswami is working as the Professor-HR and Associate Dean (Research) at NLDIMSR (N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research). His educational qualifications include a Diploma in Industrial Psychology from NIIRD, Chennai; PG Diploma in HRM from Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata; MSW from Visva-Bharti Universty and Ph.D. from Rajasthan Vidyapeeth.

Dr. Goswami has worked as Professor, Associate and Assistant Professor, Consultant, Deputy Director, Doctoral Research Supervisor, Professor & Director & Lecturer at various renowned institutes and universities. He has also worked as an Assistant Professor in Social Service for 8 years at J R N Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur.

Dr. Goswami’s experience in the education industry

I have been always passionate about a career in academics. However, after my first PG in Social Work, I joined an internationally reputed NGO in Kolkata and simultaneously was associated with an institute as guest faculty to nurture my passion in teaching. Qualified in UGC-NET and completed my MBA in Kolkata. After about a four years’ stay there, I moved to Ranchi, then Udaipur for eight years, Tamil Nadu for twelve years and now in Mumbai for last one year. My career progression across parts of India has helped me in understanding our diversity and acquiring cross-cultural skills and unique attributes to adapt to different socio-cultural situations both in industrial settings and classrooms. I believe such a vast and enduring experience will help me to attain self-actualization in academics.

Dr. Goswami’s views on his leadership style as he has also served as Deputy Director, DBA Program at S.P. Jain Global School of Management and a Doctoral Research Supervisor at Bharathiar University before joining NLDIMSR

Yes, it was my first professional assignment in Mumbai. For a short period, I served SPJ School of Global Management as deputy director of DBA program. It was a wonderful experience and exciting too. It’s an Australian program and my mode of delivery was through flipped classrooms. I’ve enjoyed my delivery and interactive learning sessions on qualitative research methods to senior and middle-level corporate executives, both from India and abroad. To the best of my self-assessment, I could effectively use a combination of transformational and adaptive leadership styles at SPJ.

However, my experience as Doctoral research supervisor at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, has been different. I’ve been serving as doctoral supervisor for the Ph.D. scholars in the category-B, i.e. part-time. I’ve had three scholars registered with me. One had qualified Ph.D. viva, one submitted thesis and the third scholar is pursuing her study. My role there is restricted to technical guidance to the scholars and lead them to successful completion of their research projects.

Dr. Goswami on what makes NLDIMSR, Mumbai stand apart from other institutions

NLDIMSR is well connected to its alumni and thus it remains vibrant and progressive. The students and career academicians prefer NLDIMSR because of its unique ways of grooming the students and nurturing career development of its teaching faculty. We stand apart because of our academic commitments to students and alumni for their meaningful transformations and continuous development.

Dr. Goswami on what makes NLDIMSR

Changes noticed by Dr. Goswami in the education sector

Earlier, we used to consider education as part of social sector but now it is promoted as an industry. The privatization of education has led to the mushrooming of educational institutes but has largely failed to transform the sector in terms of its quality, academic rigor, research output and extension activities. There is an imbalance among education policy, resource sharing, accreditation systems and other practices. The overlapping roles of different regulatory bodies, especially UGC and AICTE, has created more misunderstanding than clarity. The recruitment of State-run/sponsored institutes is governed by reservation policy, but the private institutes follow the principle of merit. However, the pay structure for teachers in most of the private institutes is not as good as the teachers in State-run/sponsored institutes. Unless such disparities, differences, and discriminations are over, we may find it difficult to achieve excellence and Global standards in education.

Dr. Goswami’s greatest strengths as an instructor

As an instructor, I firmly believe in students’ engagement and participation in learning process. They are demanding and restless, and so I often face challenges in class. I’ve almost migrated from my traditional teaching role and have been adapting to students’ aspirations to help them to enjoy learning.

Dr. Goswami’s greatest strengths as an instructor

Dr. Goswami on the new and exciting opportunities that NLDIMSR, Mumbai’s students are getting to explore apart from regular course structure like publishing research papers, attending conferences and working on live projects

We at NLDIMSR formally and informally integrate those options in the learning process. Very recently, I’ve mentored four students to publish their research papers in peer-reviewed international journals. Our students regularly participate in conferences, workshops, and competitions outside, and are well received and appreciated.

Important changes brought in the curriculum of NLDIMSR, Mumbai

It’s a team or group exercise. Each department faculty under the leadership of the head of the department and director work on it. However, individual faculty members exercise their freedom to incorporate innovative learning methodologies in the classrooms. It includes videos, related case studies, workshops, field visits, etc. We are in the process of merging emerging technologies, such as data analytics, machine learning, the blockchain, etc. into the conventional curriculum.

Dr. Goswami on how to prepare students to face challenges of modern organizations and global standards successfully

Teachers can’t teach everything necessary for students’ transformation. We create lots of space for their self-learning process through organizing students-led activities and events in the institution in collaboration with diverse corporate organizations and professional agencies.

Dr. Goswami on how to prepare students to face challenges

Plan of action on Dr. Goswami’s mind for the students to make sure that their learnings are in compliance with the industry requirements

It’s mainly technological revolutions are driving compulsive changes or transformations in industries across sectors. The global economy and markets are witnessing disruptions due to competitive technologies and radical changes in geopolitical situations. Through bureaucratic systems and procedures in education, it’s never possible either to cope up or maintain status-quo in compliances. Students need to nurture pro-active learning attitude to keep pace with the fast-changing industry scenarios. They are living in an era where continuous skilling, de-skilling, and re-skilling is the guiding principle. We are closely working to build in a system where students, faculty and corporate organizations will collaborate for mutual learning and development.

Suggestions to the current youth and the aspiring students

The students in the contemporary society are emerging as new Avatars. They are innovative, creative, demanding and restless. As the primary stakeholders of the entire education system, they are gaining attention across functions, such as curriculum designs, designing of learning tools and methods, development of faculty performance evaluation mechanisms, etc. All are progressive signs. However, students need to be empathetic and they must not manipulate systems to defend their weaknesses. Apart from fulfilling their career aspirations, the students must use education for their intellectual development and holistic transformation to coexist with humanity and humility.