Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad to start doctoral course to train educationists

Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 12:56pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA
Aims to prepare individuals for leadership roles in education sector.

In a bid to train manpower, who can take up the challenges to improve the education system in India, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) is set to introduce a doctoral programme in Innovation and Management in Education.

The new Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) aims to meet the demands by preparing individuals for leadership roles in educational organisations, said faculty at the IIMA Prof Vijaya Sherry Chand, whose area of interest includes education. While the Indian university system does offer excellent doctoral programmes in education, they are driven by the foundational subjects that have been traditionally applied to educational theory, like educational psychology and sociology, Prof Chand told dna.

“The proposed programme, in contrast, targets a unique academic space that combines a management perspective with the broader theme of innovation, within the framework of educational change. Given the IIMA's strengths in management education and the Ravi J Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation focusing on innovation at all levels of education, the institute hopes to contribute to the national task of building quality human resources,” he said. 

Prof Chand, who works with RJ Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation said, there is also a growing demand for research and policy making roles in government research bodies and social think-tanks. He insisted that the changing educational landscape is likely to create a demand for educational leaders with a strong research and teaching capability in educational innovation and management.

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