Academic Programs

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Academic Programs

(A) Seminars

  • 1. ‘Spirituality & Management’ – a comprehensive 15 session seminar for postgraduate and doctoral students at universities, business schools
    Overview:

    The seminar reviews the critical ‘wisdom literature’ of ancient Indian traditions and examines how these precepts and practices can complement and enrich contemporary businesses and global managerial frame. In doing so, it delves into the rich repository of knowledge and wisdom contained in the Vedanta philosophy and other key ancient texts including religious thoughts rooted in Buddhism and Jainism.

    Aims & Objectives:

    The seminar consists and dwells on the following components:

    1. Understanding “spirituality” and gaining insights into its new found appeal in academia and management discourse
    2. Understanding and analyzing the cardinal tenets of Indian thoughts (Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism) and the ancient treatise on economy and state
    3. Harnessing the spirit and influence of Vedanta in modern management and exploring alternative models of management for a more sustainable and globalized economy
    4. Internalizing /imbibing tenets of ancient learning, to actualize individual potential for taking up effective managerial roles.
    Pedagogy:

    The sessions consist of lectures, discussions, video shows, case analyses, guided exercises and presentations.

    Evaluation & integration:

    Being offered as an academic program, the course can very well be integrated in the curriculum for obtaining credits to the tune of 5 credits with needed evaluation component integrated in the seminar.

  • 2. ‘Cross-cultural Management’ – a comprehensive 15 session seminar for both undergraduate and post –graduate’ students at universities, business school
    Overview:

    As businesses diversify and expand globally, employees, especially managers, need to be fully aware of the differences between various cultures to be able to function effectively in all countries, whether dealing with colleagues, customers, clients or shareholders.

    Aims & Objectives:

    The object of this course is to make students aware of cross-cultural nuances as also the challenges resulting from such differences. The course as such focuses on international organizational behaviour, human resource issues and practices in MNCs.

    The course is divided into 3 modules:

    1. understanding the effects of culture on attitudes and behaviour
    2. organizational and human resource issues such as team work, leadership, and negotiation and
    3. preparation for working with people in international assignments.
    Pedagogy:

    The class consists of lectures, discussions, video shows, role playing and other empirical exercises, case analyses, and presentations.

    Evaluation & integration::

    Being offered as an academic program, the course can very well be integrated in the curriculum for obtaining credits to the tune of 5 credits with needed evaluation component integrated in the seminar.

(B) Experiental Learning (Workshops)

  • 3. Journey of ‘self-discovery’ and ‘self awareness’
    Overview:

    One rarely (especially as student) finds a breather or a moment to pause and reflect on one’s own self and conduct. So intense is the pressure to compete and excel, many a times pressured to live up to an image of a ‘successful individual’, either created or thrust upon by the environment that one loses touch with one’s own true nature. This not only impacts their conduct and behavior towards their own self but also gets amplified in their interaction with others who may belong to a different cultural background, unable to fathom such a behavior.

    Objective:

    The workshop, through guided exercises aims at assisting participants to become more self-aware of their mental conditioning, individual biases and assumptions and to understand the implications they have on their own behavior as also in interactions with people who are different from them.

    Target audience & duration:

    The workshop is offered to doctoral, master and undergraduate students across diverse academic stream and is spread over 2 sessions of 90 minutes each.

  • 4. Insights into the ‘science of meditation’
    Overview:

    There exists abundant literature based on scientific research and studies by psychologists, doctors, yogis from different traditions on the science of meditation. Studies show that regular practice of meditation can be a source of healing. Meditation helps calming the mind with which one can overcome mental blocks, negative thinking, debilitating fears, stress and anxiety, and also enhances their potential to deal with them.

    Objective:

    The workshop aims at introducing the ‘science of meditation’ to young minds that are eager to gain insightful awareness to their own self, and seek to practice simple yet effective techniques to gain better control over the fluctuations of the mind, more often than not the source of all suffering.

    The workshop consists of both thematic understanding of the subject and an ‘easy to practice’ meditation component.

    Target audience & duration:

    The workshop consists of two sessions of 90 minutes each and is open to both students and interested faculty members.

  • 5. Embracing a state of ‘fearlessness’
    Overview:

    If we reflect a little deeper, we realise that the underlying motive for all our mundane efforts is to overcome one or the other kind of fear. Quest for wealth is because we dread poverty and its debilitating effects; we want education because we have seen the tyranny of ignorance; we strive for sound health because it is in sound body that a sound mind will dwell; every race and every nation relentlessly pursue power because they have witnessed how weak races and nations have been oppressed and brutalised and they shiver at the prospect of being the next victim. Examples can go endlessly.

    The ancient teachings from Vedanta provides precepts and practices, which inspires one to be spirited and dynamic by choosing the righteous path and attain the supreme goal – ‘abheyapad’ – the complete state of fearless, the goal for all mundane and spiritual efforts.

    Objective:

    The workshop aims at providing insights from the Vedas and assist participants to overcome dilemmas they face in daily life, make informed choices, and slowly and subtly gain control over their fears and anxiety. A state of fearlessness alone can induce a state of selflessness in which one thinks beyond the realm of one’s own narrow interests and existence.

    Target audience & duration:

    The workshop spread over two sessions of 90 minutes each and will be beneficial to student as they prepare themselves to join the world of work and take up decision making roles.

  • 6. Actualizing individual potential for undertaking effective leadership / managerial role
    Overview:

    Together with technical skills and competences one would need in adequate measure softer skills to manage and lead team(s) at workplace, point management studies. The role could expand to deal with other stakeholders in business. A CEO of a large organization once quipped: “an individual may get recruited for his technical skills but fired for his attitude”.

    While most academic curriculum focuses in imparting technical knowledge and skills, the onus to build softer skills rests with young students.

    Objective:

    The workshop aims at guiding students to identify their strengths, areas of improvement, chalk out a road map to work upon towards enhancing their potential and capability to dawn leadership / managerial role. A set of creative tools, synthesizing exercise are used to provide participants with a flavor of the ‘real world’ of work situation they are soon to set their foot on and perform.

    Target audience & duration:

    The workshop is spread over two sessions of 90 minutes each and is particularly useful for Master students who are preparing to take up jobs in the near future.

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