Director Speak: Interview with Dr. Padmakali Banerjee, Amity Gurgaon

Do you think the recent growth of 1yr PGP courses is a sign of maturity in the market both from candidates as well as employers?

1 Year PG courses are certainly the need of the hour. Executive education is very critical to the success of any individual that chooses to rise within the society or an organization. For example, technical graduates that are looking to climb the corporate ladder in hierarchy, have the opportunity to do so by enrolling in the 1 year executive MBA courses, thereby fast tracking their career. In this case, we provide learning that is perfectly aligned with strategic goals and has value added impact for their future growth in any work area.

What important interventions would you suggest for business schools today to be relevant in such a dynamically changing world?

The rapidly changing business landscape requires leaders with a global perspective and understanding of evolving economies. Innovative curriculum coupled with world class faculty and thought leadership help create such leaders. By focusing on quality education through innovative teaching methods, industry interaction, live projects and corporate connect Programmes we are able to stay relevant in today’s dynamically changing world. Additionally, any intervention that is futuristic, which deals with the current economy, addresses the climatic changes, and keeps in mind the current trends of changing economic scenario and disaster management will also aid in being consistent with the changing economy.

You can connect with Dr. Padmakali Banerjee on Amity Gurgaon Official Thread

What is the objective for Centre of BRICS Study at Amity?

The Centre of Excellence was formed with an objective of creating a practice research outreach center. The center promotes technological information exchange among the countries of this economic block. The center aims to improve the professional development of the BRICS countries by benchmarking the best practices and providing a holistic atmosphere, that nurtures and encourages the application and practice of research leading to towards growth in all sectors. The other centers of Excellence that we have established are Center for Financial Analytics, Center for ROBOTICS etc to name a few.

Would the future of higher education in India be driven by “private” or “public” Universities? Why?

Whether government or private, innovation and reforms in academic delivery system are very much essential in today’s education scenario. The future is driven by collaboration between public-private partnership,Government of India, and Research& Academic Institutions. More than 45% of the universities in India today are private. I visualize a growing trend through collaboration and association; both national and international with industries as well as best practices center.

What is your view on Innovative best practices

Innovation is the order of the day. Our innovative techniques focus on academic flexibility, blended and innovative learning methods, teaching and enhanced learning,flexible credit system and academic innovation which can be holistically referred to as value based quality education.Through innovative best practices we are able to develop responsible leaders that bring value to their education and are able to serve the community better. By offering a curriculum with a contemporary and global perspective, we are able to develop future leaders that possess knowledge and skills that are relevant to the changing trends.

There are few women in leadership roles in our higher education system in India. What do you think are the challenges?

The role of women has undoubtedly changed significantly in the last 67 years. Today’s women aspire for leadership roles in all sectors including higher education. There are challenges in all sectors and in all industry irrespective of gender. As a women leader I always look forward to transforming the challenges into opportunities, rather than looking at them as challenges. Coupled with my need for achievement, the leadership role is very fulfilling and contributing towards knowledge creation.

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