Participants at IIMA’s faculty development course want more

October 5th, 2008 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Oct 5 (IANS) Many of the 37 management teachers from India and abroad who participated in a special programme at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), would like to come back to learn more.”It was like being in a monastery for 16 weeks. It gave me academic discipline. And this is a visit to a Mecca of a management institution,” said a participant of the 30th Faculty Development Programme (FDP) which concluded Saturday with a valedictory function.

While a participant from Mumbai considered it “a great learning experience”, another from Tamil Nadu said: “The entire content of FDP was useful, especially the critique writing, data analysis.”

A teacher from Kerala, who holds a PhD, commented: “The qualitative research is a value added area. It was exciting. I feel confident to take another PhD.”

A participant from Nepal said: “It is an everlasting experience at an esteemed institution like the IIM Ahmedabad.”

A teacher from the Maldives said: “Apart from the formal classroom learning, it taught me a lot about Indian people and their culture.”

IIMA launched the FDP in 1979. A multi-tier programme meant for management faculty from India and abroad, FDP is designed for management education requirements of teachers, researchers and trainers in training colleges and industrial organizations.

Manjari Singh, chairperson of the 30th FDP, said: “They (the participants) were from different fields of management like finance, marketing and human resource and came with a rich array of experience. Their presentations reflected their learning amid diversity which has honed analytical skills of academicians.”

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