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KSOM conducted a webinar on the topic “Implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020”

The webinar consisted of 3 panelists and 1 moderator

Prof. Bhuwandeep, who is a management professional with over 6 years of experience in Plant management, Quality Circle assessment, Supplier management, Project management Business Development and Marketing – across Steel, E commerce, Textiles, Cement and Mining businesses. His expertise is in the domains of Sales, Marketing, Business development, Project planning and execution and Plant operations. He is has worked with Global Indian conglomerates like TATA group and Aditya Birla Group. He is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur where he was recipient of Merit Cum Means Scholarship. He has also done his PGDBM form IIM Bangalore in the areas of Marketing and Sales. He has also done specialization in Marketing from Rennes School of Business , Rennes , France as exchange program.

Prof. Bhuwandeep moderated the interactive panel discussion. He started with context setting. He talked about the new NEP policies, its vision and the way ahead.

Prof. S. N. Mishra, Dean, KSOM was the first panelist. He is an MA in Applied Economics with International Trade and Statistics as his special papers with first class. He did his Ph.D. (Economics) on “Challenges, Before Self-Reliance in Critical Defence Technology”, a pioneering area on the subject. Initially he was in the Indian Economics Service (1976-79) when he did Cost Benefit Analysis of World Bank Projects and handled International Development Agency (IDA) desk. Thereafter, he was an Officer in the Indian Defence  Accounts Service (1979-2012), when he served as Director (Finance) with DRDO, Financial Advisor and Joint Secretary to Indian Air Force & JS (Aero Space). He authored the Defence Procurement Manual (2005), drawing encomiums for the Prime Minister’s Office. Before voluntary retirement in 2012, he was Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Navy) & PCDA (Southern Command) in the rank of Addl. Secretary to Govt. of India. He was  trained in IRBM, California, Defense Acquisition University, Washington, Marshall Institute of Strategic Studies, Munich, IIMs, Calcutta and Bangalore. Post retirement, he teaches Economics and Constitutional Law in KIIT University and contributes handsomely to prestigious journals on Development Economics, Defence and Public Policy. He is a regular columnist in Orissa Post and speaks passionately in important fora. He also writes in a blog : misrasn54@wordpress.com

Taking the discussion forward, Prof. S. N. Misra emphasized the role of NEP for early childcare and education. He emphasized upon the need of mid-day meal scheme, activity based learning and anganwadi in this regard.

The second panelist was Prof. Mohar Banerjee Biswas, who has a corporate experience of 12 years with leading multinational company like IBM. She has worked in varied domains including web technology, Siebel CRM, Software Quality and SAP. She has led multiple assignments in USA and worked as a Business Analyst for a variety of clients including Electronics and Pharma companies. She has also been a part of technical recruitment team for IBM. Her areas of interest include Web Technology, SAP, Data Warehousing and Business Analysis. She strongly believes in the Right to Education for all and that the right education is the way forward to eradicate a lot of problems being faced today.

Prof Mohar further elaborated on the reforms that NEP was going to bring to higher education institutions. She especially touched upon the need of autonomy, flexibility, and holistic education in this regard.

Prof. Ashok Kumar Sar, who is member of faculty in the Strategic Management area was the third panellist. He has a blend of working experience, 20 years in industry and 20 years in academics. For the last 15 years, he has been in full time academic positions (five years of academic experience as Adjunct Faculty Member concurrent to his industry assignment). He served as the Dean of Faculty, KIIT School of Management during 2010 – 2016. He teaches core courses in Strategic Management and Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility and elective course in Pricing Management. He has conducted MDPs for working executives in the areas of Personal Effectiveness, Building Learning Organization, Strategy Execution, Time Management and Quality & Effectiveness through Systems Thinking. He has also developed an eight weeks executive education programme in general management for young working executives. He is in the panel of visiting faculty members at the Odisha Judicial Academy, and trains the state Judicial Officers on Management Skills. Prior to his present assignment, he worked with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) for twenty years in varied areas of responsibilities, such as,  Marketing Operations, Sales and Supply Network Planning & Development, Business Development in Retail, Industrial & Consumer Segments, LPG and Lubricants; Training & Development; Business Partner – Human Resource Management; Management Control and Reporting Systems; and Enterprise Resource Planning. He published thirty papers & case studies in peer reviewed journals, eleven of which are in SCOPUS/ Web of Science/ ABDC index/ list. He has guided four Ph.D. scholars and is guiding six more scholars, who are in various stages of their research work. He is currently working on an ICSSR-IMPRESS funded research project titled- “Impact of Dynamic Capability on Success of Entrepreneurs: A Study of Small and Medium Manufacturers in Odisha”.

He continued the discussion with emphasis on Shared vision, Institutional structure, culture and control & monitoring mechanisms. He gave many examples while stressing upon the need of research and development in the education sector.discussion seminar ended.

The audience included more than 200 MBA and BBA students, faculty members and Ph.D. scholars.

Key takeaways from the program: 

  1. Shared vision of NEP 2020.
  2. Institutional structure envisaged.
  3. Control and monitoring mechanisms.