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March 28, 2009

Experts rue faculty shortage in management institutes

Shillong: Scholars and experts on Management Studies are gravely concerned over the growing disinterest in research works in Management Studies and the dominant tendency of the management fellows to join the corporate sectors leaving a wide gap in the academics and teaching.

This was highlighted at a brainstorming session organised at IIM Shillong on Friday on the ways and means to overcome the faculty shortage in Institutes in India

Director of the Institute Prof Ashoke Dutta highlighted the desire of the IIM, Shillong to tackle this major problem facing management institutes.

Inspite of operations of less than a year, IIMS has organised this brainstorming session to garner different ideas and approaches to mitigate the shortage of faculty.

Discussing on the issue, the members opined that IIM Shillong can play an important role in overcoming the gap of management teachers and encourage PhD work by extending the project works of the students, and the various extension works of consultants can be the basis for PhD work.

Mr Shantikam Hazarika of the Assam Institute of Management and Father Joseph, Vice Principal of St Anthony’s College, Shillong expressed their opinions that students already holding a PhD degree in other subjects could be inducted for pursuing PhD in Management Studies, where IIM Shillong can play an important role.

Dr Shrivastava, Member NEC, Shillong appreciating the achievements of IIM Shillong in such a short span focussed attention to the fact that the institute should not compromise on merit in any matter, and NEC will provide all the necessary help to the IIM in that regard.

He also emphasised that there are many consultancy work for the Northeast which he had requested the IIM Shillong should take up, and this could be connected to research investigation.

Among the others who participated in the Session were Prof KK Choudhury, Director Army Institute of Management, Prof Petiya, Director Indian Institute of Forest Management, Rekha Modi founder of Stree Shakti etc.

The proposal for the forthcoming journal of the institute and its catalytic role for furthering the research agenda was also discussed. THE SHILLONG TIMES

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