Empowering students and faculty while engaging them in institute activities is my key agenda: Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay, Director, IMT Ghaziabad
Sreetama Datta, 21 Jun 2016, #IMT Ghaziabad
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After making his mark in SPJIMR Mumbai and MICA, Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay has taken the role of Director at IMT Ghaziabad. With a rich experience of around 8 years at SPJIMR and comparatively a short stint of 11 months at MICA, Dr. Atish Chattopadhyaycomes with a proven academic and administrative acumen.

While handling the admission process at MICA, he did not only increase the number of applications to almost double, but also brought in transparency in evaluation and selection process at the institute by making the test online and releasing score-cards of test takers. Further, in both his earlier roles in SP Jain and MICA, he has significantly increased student-engagement in most of the institute’s activities starting from admission process to placements. In IMT Ghaziabad also, he plans to create more than 20 student and faculty committees to run different activities starting from admission processes to placements. This, he says, helps students ‘learn by doing’ and bridge their knowledge gap between theory and practice. For example, in both MICA and SPJIMR, he ensured that there was no external Public Relations agency as students and faculty members were engaged to run the process.

In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Dr Chattopadhyay shares his plans for IMT Ghaziabad and talks about the tasks he has already started working on. In this freewheeling interview, Dr Chattopadhyay fiercely criticizes IIM-A’s response to recent placement crisis terming the crisis as a ‘litmus test’ for the B-schools who are supported by crores of government funding.

Read excerpts from the interview:

Careers360: Congratulations on your appointment as Director at IMT Ghaziabad! How different this role is from the previous in MICA and SPJIMR?

Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay: Thank you.IMT Ghaziabad functions differently than MICA as it is a much bigger institute with multiple campuses. As director of the institute, I am entrusted with driving all functions of this B-School and take them to new heights. I understand this is a huge responsibility and I have a lot of plans for the institute and I am working my way through to execute them.

Careers360: What are the priority areas you have focused so far at IMT Ghaziabad?

Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay: As of now, my focus is to improve the faculty strength. I feel that the potential of the talented faculty and student pool are yet to be utilized fully. I believe in empowerment and feel strongly that with power comes the sense of responsibility.


My thrust is on building the student-faculty engagement inside the institute beyond the classroom and curriculum. They should take up real time projects and work on them. For example, the faculty members and students of marketing specialization should get involved in the Branding & Marketing aspects of this institute. In MICA, I had already worked on the similar lines and made the marketing and admission process completely student-centric.  Also, I would like to improve the usage of technology. I also plan to introduce more credits for teaching outside the classroom.

Careers360: What are the strength areas of IMT Ghaziabad that you plan to explore and utilize?

Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay: Among the many strengths of the institute, faculty, global campus and AACSB accreditation are the prime facets.


We have an extremely talented faculty pool. But on the same side, I believe that faculty members must be practitioners first. Corporate experience is more important than PhD or academic qualifications. In order to leverage our faculty and alumni strength, we plan to start the system of co-teaching between faculty and industry players.


The other strength which I must mention is the alumni network of IMT. The alumni members are present at every domain and sector and even outside the corporate premises. I plan to utilize the faculty and alumni members to channelize student potential in building a ‘Growth Lab’. It is an assessment centre for students’ individual development plan. Professional development cell under the mentorship of the faculty, industry and alumni members will recognize the specialized skill within the students and groom them accordingly. This would structure the process during placement as the student would already know about the sector to choose or whether to go for placement or tread the path of entrepreneurship.


Careers360: You have joined this institute recently. Do you plan to introduce changes in the curriculum or pedagogy for the PGDM batch of 2016-18?

Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay: For this batch, the application process, pedagogy and curriculum were finalized by the time I joined here. I am working on my plans so as to implement them from the next academic year. We would, of course, improve our regular 2 year PGDM programme in terms of curriculum and pedagogy in the coming years. There are 3 stages of curriculum restructuring, which are innovation, execution and social responsibility.


Along with that, I aim to augment the number of applications next year. Apart from our flagship PGDM programme, we are focusing on the Executive and the Dual Country Programmes. These programmes have tremendous potential to attract international students, faculty members and international context as well.


Through the Executive MBA programme we are investing on the intellectual capital, which is more important than the financial capital. The presence of the senior executives at the campus will also be beneficial for the regular students who can enrich their learning through interaction with Executive MBA students. This will create a dynamic environment in the campus.


Careers360: Recently, job offers for IIM-A graduates were deferred by nearly 6 months. IIM-A strongly reacted to this and also decided to remove Flipkart from premium recruitment slots.  What is your take on this?

Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay: The reason why Flipkart’s placement deferral at IIM-A hogged limelight is that the placements at the institute have consistently been a success story. Any dent into that has potential to dent their branding as well.


But, I personally, feel that IIM-Ahmedabad reaction to the ‘deferred job offers’ is a notch higher than what was required. IIM Ahmedabad and its students should take this situation as a litmus test to check their ability and worth in the market. The institute should have confidence in its academic processes and such crisis should have been dealt in a matured manner.


Unfortunately, this episode has reflected their insecurity and they seemed to be scared of proving their market value. It was not a test for Flipkart, but for the IIM students. This also raises questions on whether the IIMs, which receives crores of annual government funding despite charging a high programme fee, have been able to create value in that proportion. It would have been better for them to utilize this as an opportunity to constructively engage with recruiters and encourage students to go for off-campus recruitments. I strongly believe that MBA graduates from such top B-schools should be self-driven and enterprising.


Careers360: So, what steps are you taking at IMT to develop entrepreneurial zeal among students?

Dr. Atish Chattopadhyay: IMT encourages entrepreneurship among students and we have a very good incubation cell, but we plan to develop it further. We aim to fuse the concepts of management and technology.  Our idea is to build an Entrepreneurship Track. Students with a business idea can join the cell. We will admit them as entrepreneurs, handhold them. The incubation cell will not only comprise students but alumni members as well. They will also mentor students along with the faculty members. As we require technology entrepreneurs, innovation is the key for a successful incubation cell. Also, in case of failure, we will back such students by allowing them deferred placement opportunities and alumni network support.


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