MDI, Gurgaon Organizes National Seminar on Frontiers on Management Research in India

 | July 26,2010 01:27 pm IST

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, at the juncture of completing 10 years of the Fellow Programme organized a National Seminar on Frontiers of Management Research in India.


Over the decade the doctoral students graduating from the fellow programme have been well settled in top institutions and organizations across the country.


The seminar saw well-known personalities from academia and industry reflect on management research, knowledge creation and entrepreneurship during the panel discussions. 


Speaking at the seminar Prof. M. P. Jaiswal, Dean- Research, MDI, said, “In this era of Knowledge Economy one question which often hinders me is that when and how Indian economy transit from Transaction based to that of IPR based?” "MDI is committed to conducting research work of a consistently high international standard that will directly contribute to the advancement of knowledge, facilitate economic development of the country and foster innovation at organizational levels. As an institution of higher learning, we have the responsibility of generation and dissemination of knowledge for benefit of wider sections of the society." Prof. Jaiswal added.


The event was graced by the presence of Professor Yash Pal, renowned scientist and educator, as Chief Guest, and Professor Prof. S. S. Mantha, Chairman (Acting), AICTE. Welcoming the dignitaries at the event MDI’s Director Prof. B. S. Sahay said, “After ten years, when I joined back MDI last year, Research was on top of my agenda.


I keep telling that PGP programmes gives visibility to the School, but credibility to school comes from high quality research and doctoral programme. In the contemporary knowledge economy, research constitutes a key attribute in the knowledge value chain of any academic institution. Fellow Programme is a vehicle for producing management scholars who can generate and disseminate high quality research not only for the academic community but also for business, industry and society at large. I feel very happy when the government talks of research and impact factor.” Prof. Sahay urged the doctoral scholars to pursue relentlessly higher and higher standard of research, which benefits the society, nation and world at large. 


Padma Shree Prof. Pritam Singh, Professor of Eminence, MDI, in his address said, “As professors, we belong to the ‘Brahmanical’ profession and should strive to create the equivalent of the Vedas that is we should create knowledge. I strongly believe that we have a lot to offer to the world in the domain of knowledge and higher learning. It is high time we developed our management paradigms from the rich pool of business and managerial experiments abounding around us.” 


In his address to the audience Prof. S. S. Mantha told about the different forms of research and asserted that the researchers need to look at the validity of the theories they promote. 


Prof. Yash Pal lauded MDI’s initiative of giving research its due importance and enlightened the audience as he stated that the first thing for a researcher is curiosity, going through data and manipulation will not be able to give an outcome if one does not have the understanding of the research problem. One has to be passionate and deeply involved to have a means to research. 


The first panel discussion was on “Frontiers of Management Research in India’’ moderated by Prof. Rajen Gupta, MDI, and the panel members were Dr. Siddhartha Roy, Chief Economic Advisor - TATA Group, Professor Ishwar Dayal, Former Director IIM Lucknow and Mr. K. K. Gupta, Executive Director, IOC. The participants deliberated upon what should be the research agenda at management institutes in India and the role industry and government to play in promoting management research in the country. 


The second session was on “Knowledge Creation and Entrepreneurship: Partner Challenges and Prospects” moderated by Prof. A. P. Arora, MDI, which had participation from Mr. Pradeep Gupta, CMD, Cyber Media, Mr. Ashish Gupta, COO & Country Head, Evalueserve, Mr. Anil Sachdev CEO & Founder, The School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) and Mr. B. Narayanswamy, President - Loyalty, Media & Public Affairs, Ipsos Indica Research. The panelists discussed about developing research based entrepreneurship and the role management institutes and industry can play in this direction.


Post the panel discussions the alumni of the fellow programme shared experiences of their research journey at MDI which was followed by an open session on discussing the roadmap for the fellow programme at MDI in the coming years.