Book Review : “Masters Speak: Management Education In India”

Gyan Management Journal
Year: 2019(Jul-Dec), Volume: (13), Issue. (2)
First page: (77) Last page: (80)
Online ISSN: A/F
Print ISSN: 2250-348X

Book Review : “Masters Speak: Management Education In India”
Dr Bushra S P Singh

Assistant Professor, Department of Management GJIMT, Mohali 

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09 Dec 2019

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26 Dec 2019

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This book presents first hand conversations with some of the living legends and veterans who  shaped the development of management education in India. These include Professors Abad Ahmad,  Ashoka Chandra, Charan D. Wadhva, D. M. Pestonjee, Dilip K. Bandyopadhyay, Ishwar Dayal, J.  Philip, K. R. S. Murthy, Krishna Kumar, Mangesh G. Korgaonker, N. R. Sheth, Pramod Verma, Pradip  N. Khandwalla, Pritam Singh, Rajan Saxena, S. Neelamegham, Samuel Paul and VinayshilGautam.The smooth precise questions, thought-provoking follow ups and interesting anecdotes capture the  essence of teaching from the best in the field. The interview with the thought leaders and institution  builders offers to its readers, their perspective of the purpose and conception of management  education in India, development of some of the most important B-schools of the country like Delhi  University, IIMs, bird’s eye view of present state of management education, role of leaders in  institution building, evolution of management education, major milestones, qualification for faculty  members for management institutes, unique characteristics of management education, accreditation, common admission tests etc.The book starts with the influence of American industrialization on business education. It talks  about the evolution of education and the impact of changing dynamics such as second world war,  colonialism, Indian independence, Prime-ministership of Pandit Nehru, coming of UGC and AICTE.  In the backdrop, the intriguing questions also demonstrate the effect of these dynamics on the  thought leaders and how it shaped their academic journey, personal and professionallives.This book also draws comparison between Indian and foreign business education, management  and other disciplines like medicine, law, social sciences, pure sciences and related streams like  commerce and economics. Through the spontaneous conversations, the luminariesreveal the  success mantra of the leading B-schools which makes them stand apart, growth of standalone  institutions like IIMs, Institute of Management Technology (IMT), International Management  Institute (IMI), Management Development Institute (MDI) vis-à-vis departments in universities  and institutions like IITs. It also presents the changing mindset of students and faculty members and  the changing scenario such as advent of information technology. The great academicians present  their view on replacement of residential campus system with distance learning programs, virtual  and open universities.The book discusses the issues and challenges faced by management education in India and the road  79 ahead. Also, their views on the importance of maintaining balance between teaching and research  and filling the industry-academia gap have also been concisely presented. The academicians discuss  the emerging issues such as mushrooming of universities and institutions, deterioration in quality  of education, redundancy of summer internship programs, importance of introducing new courses,  right mix of academicians, guest lecturers and industry experts in institutes, Ph.D vs non-qualified  teachers, CAT vs GMAT admission tests, experienced vs fresh graduates etc.Through the interviews, the veterans have divulged the key elements that constitute the bedrock of  an institution and the critical success factors that are most essential to the delivery of management  education in India. The suggestions given by the leaders are relevant, credible and offer directions  as to what actions should be taken in future. The book is a life-time achievement and gives teachers a  wonderful lesson about teaching, faith, passion and humanity. It is a must- read for those who want  to be inspired, imbibe the qualities of great teachers and contribute to the field of management  education inIndia.


business education, management , medicine, law, social sciences