Dr. Gireesh Chandra Tripathi, Deputy Director General (Academics) at NTPC School of Business, Noida, highlights how to close skill-gaps and make students industry-ready…
Learning means a relatively permanent change in behaviour resulted either due to practice or experience. To enhance curriculum excellence of B-schools, it is important to make students practice repetitively or expose them to situations to challenge their cognitive and decision-making abilities. Achieving excellence requires benchmarking of certain standards to be maintained and deliberations of industry-academia collaboration.
The initial objective of NTPC School of Business (NSB) is to bridge the skill-gap of human capital employed or expected to get employed in energy management domain. Skill gap can be addressed through updating management curricula once every year through collaboration with industrial practitioners. This would help B-Schools focus on the demand of human competencies and work milieu. For instance, NSB has designed its progressive curriculum under the supervision of experts from IIM Ahmedabad, NTPC and other key stakeholders in the arena of energy and power sector. The NSB students are being taught by IIMA and NSB’s faculty members, practitioners from industry, corporate and eminent personalities from environmental realm to gain insights on the practical scenario.
Academia to academia and industry
NSB offers AICTE approved PGDM in Energy Management and PGDM for Executive of energy domain. The 4th batch of PGDM for Executives has sponsored applicants from organizations like NTPC, BHEL, NHPC, which are the source of enriching peer learning experience. Consequently, we encourage interaction between executive batch and two-year energy management batch by assigning common project. Apart from regular curriculum, NSB students can attain short-term courses on Six Sigma from Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, Business Analytics for Energy Sector course under IIT Delhi faculty. For industry experience, NSB has designed tactics of industrial visit, live projects, guest lecture program, self-management program and global immersion program. To set the corporate tempo among students, we have Summer Internship Program for 4-8 weeks under the supervision of both corporate and faculty mentors to fast-track the metamorphosis process of corporate culture and ethos.
Creating social and environmental well-being
NSB curriculum has been designed to create a sense of social responsibility among both students and faculty members on energy savings or power management. NSB indulges students in social services contribution and visits to NGOs to support societal development. Through innovation and entrepreneurship cell, it keeps up the practice of entrepreneurship. To infuse ethical values, NSB has comprised ethics-based courses in the curriculum titled “Understanding Bhagavad-Gita Managerial Perspective.” A habit of yoga, weekly stress management and self-awareness workshops help students in becoming healthy individuals. These events rope in students to enhance managerial skills, decision-making ability and becoming emotionally intelligent.
From pedagogy to andragogy and heutagogy
NSB curricula do not believe in pedagogy, rather practice andragogy and heutagogy. It is said that people only retain 70 to 80 percent of information they listen or visualize. To make them retain 100 percent of their experience, we follow the training method of simulation through case-study technique and artifact practice. It includes role-play, management game rehearsal, etc. We also conduct sensitivity training sessions, allowing T-Group Intervention for developing personal effectiveness. These techniques help in bridging the gap between theory and practice.
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