“Innovation in Promoting Management Education at Undergraduate Level”

Aiming to bridge the gap between academics and industry in Management education at the Undergraduate Level, a one-day workshop on “Innovation in Promoting Management Education at Undergraduate Level” was held on 2nd March 2019 at St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru. The Department of Business Administration led by the HOD-Ms. Arati Shanbhag and Convenors-Mr. Chetan Shettigar, Ms. Suraksha Karkera, Ms. Vinola Sequeira and Ms. Prakrithi Shetty hosted the event.

Speaking at the Inaugural program, the Guest of Honour, Prof K Sadashiva Rao, said ‘To tackle the dynamic nature of Management, there are 4 essential leadership values that need to be inculcated- Dream, Do, Dump & Delegate’. He said that one has to dream about what needs to be achieved, Do actions that help achieve the dream, Dump hindrances & misfits and Delegate work to others and work as a team’.

Rev. Dr. Praveen Martis SJ, Principal, St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangaluru, in his presidential remarks delivered the importance of the workshop and said, ‘The workshop must help you evolve yourself, this can happen through complete involvement in the discussions”. He gave an interesting analogy on how ‘there are no free lunches’ meaning success will reach you through hard work and involvement.

Dr.Savitha Shelley (Associate Professor, School of Management Manipal University, Manipal) delivered the first technical session on – “Management Education at the Undergraduate Level- Present Scenario and Prospects”. Dr. Babu Thomas (Dean Research- St. Aloysius Institute of Management and Information Technology, Beeri) delivered the second technical session on- “Collaborative Learning through Management Education”.  

The Panel Discussion on ‘Encouraging entrepreneurship through management education’ was moderated by Mr. Suresh Poojary. The Panel members were Mr. Bharath Kini, Mr. Sandesh Shenoy and Ms. Christabel Mary D’Souza. Panel discussion ranged over topics such as the adoption of technology by entrepreneurs, Influence of the Indian Education system in harbouring entrepreneurship among students, Foreign educational practises and Funding and incubation for start-ups.

At the Valedictory Program the Chief Guest Mr. Ananth Pai (Director of Bharath Group, Mangalore) advised students to explore for all the BBA subjects in the undergraduate level and specialise in a core subject during the master level of education. “Reworking the course is required to uphold the quality of Management Education at the Undergraduate Level”.

The event was basically designed to bring the academia and industry under one platform to share information on innovation strategies needed for management education at the undergraduate level.