Dr A K Sen Gupta, an eminent educationist in the landscape of education in India with more than two decades of corporate experience and an equal number of years in the field of academics, research and consulting, was the guest speaker as part of the leadership series organized by ISME, Navi Mumbai on 12th January, 2011. Dr. Sengupta discussed on “Opportunities and challenges for management graduate in the Global Economy”.
The main purpose of his lecture was to throw light on the most probable competition to be faced by today’s MBA youth, who is tomorrow of India, to tighten its belts in order to face the bright and dark colours of the reverse globalisation, which is projected to happen at a rapid pace in the near future. This purpose was duly served by his speech, as he did full justice to the concerned topic. He initially spoke that India has been looked upon as an emerging market, but at the same time should be ready to face the corresponding challenges. The primary and secondary education being the grass root should be strengthened at an early stage, so as to make the children to be able to think by themselves, which can help the system to transform from the traditional chalk-board one. As per his words, learning by oneself is the most critical differentiating factor that sets apart the US and the Indian education system. The Indian B schools, therefore, are expected to sharpen the cultivated managerial skills in the MBA students, so as to enable them to see from a global eye. In the sense, they should adopt a global view of anything that comes into their way while the course of learning or the course of working. The rapid globalisation in the near future will not only create incompatibility in work systems, but also in value systems. Thus, B schools must furnish its students with all the inputs necessary to make them a globally accepted commodity. This was the ending note of Dr Sengupta.
Dr A K Sen Gupta is presently the convener of Higher Education Forum(HEF). HEF is a voluntart non-profit group of individuals as well as organizations representing various stakeholders directyly or indirectly with any form of higher education. As on date, there are more than 1600 members. The forum has chapters in Singapore and Dubai in addition to India chapters in cities of Kolkata, Bangalore, Bhubneshwar and Ahmedabad. Prof. Sengupta was previously Director of SIES College of Management Studies (SIESCOMS) and the Director with S P Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR). During 1990s he was also associated with the World Bank as a Consultant and as a faculty member with National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pune.