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Unlearning!!! The need of the hour

           The days when a mere qualification of MBA and you were hired, paid-off well and looked upon , when MBA was considered to be highest gift of knowledge achievable or may be was well sought for by the youth are past.

 The need for the hour is a combination to absorb the teaching of MBA in the B-Schools, to unlearn it and then in the real means applying the knowledge in to business. It certainly needs a conjugated relation between the latest technologies and the gist of the MBA.

In my days at XLRI, it was the initial period which taught me that segmentation in marketing was rather important in real life where you see the client behavior and rather the theoretical aspect where you only know what is basis, types etc. What really lasts is the learning which one develops by working on ground, its then you realize that all the long lasting classes actually were actually meant for.

As rightly brought by Uday it is not the MBA alone that is being sought today, what most employers now look for is a techno –MBA who atleast has an idea of the innovative techniques, their  present technology, strengths, weaknesses etc and how to modify the existing practices to maximise the benefits ,keeping the overheads under control.


Sunil Vadlamani


Techno-MBAs – need of the hour

Design, innovation and technology will be the mantra for change in businesses of the future and are essential for meaningful career opportunities

   The existing compartmentalized approach to management educa tion has inherent limitations to be able to walk hand-in-hand with the fast changing global business scenario.
   Today’s technological civilisation needs rapid and radical changes to tackle issues. Hence business management programmes that connect with technology, design and innovation are indeed critical.
   Survival as a manager in today’s techno savvy work environment depends largely on your ability to innovate – and technology provides tremendous opportunities to innovate and differentiate.
   The MBA of tomorrow therefore needs a strong foundation in technology.
   Does this mean that one has to learn programming or be an engineer? – No. What is required is an understanding of the available technologies, their strengths and weaknesses, possible applications of these technologies to real life business situations and the ability to visualise newer solutions as an integral part of business planning. Equally the MBA needs to be able to harness this technology effectively and therefore must have good project, process and change management capabilities.
   We are slowly but surely moving to an era where all business is becoming e-Business.
   Recognizing this need many B-schools started adding a few subjects such as e-commerce, MIS and IT for Management into their MBA syllabus. These subjects are usually handled as very elementary courses on technology and the management aspects of technology.
   With the growth of IT and ITES businesses, the need for techno-MBAs is increasing by leaps and bounds.
   From my recent years in helping students in placements I find that company’s, both IT service providers as well as user industries looking for MBAs for traditional business roles seem to prefer MBAs who have some knowledge of technology.
   Some B-schools, apart from having systems as specialisation, which is more suited for roles in the technology domain, provide the possibility of dual specialization or a major/minor combination between functional and systems. This is an interesting way of addressing needs. Students who take finance or marketing for eg. can take these as their major and take a few subjects such as CRM or ERP or E-commerce as part of the Systems Minor.
   Since many of these industry relevant courses and indeed the manner in which they are offered do not fit into the sometimes rigid framework of traditional ed ucational systems such as Universities etc, the MBA aspirant must remember that the industry today evaluates based on the students’ demonstrated talent and content of the courses and not merely affiliations to universities or government agencies. It is relevance which matters most.
   Design and Innovation Management – imperative for future.
   In this era of uncontrolled growth, not only of population but also products, services, scientific and technical information, how does one make sense of human needs and aspirations?
   Emerging unarticulated needs and realities need new approaches. We feel management education can play a very crucial role in creating a new genre of managers who are attuned to these realities.
   All forward thinking business leaders agree that innovation is the only way forward. Design that delivers sustainable solutions will play a significant role in business transformation.
   We need a separate genre of managers who are trained not only to manage but also innovate, looking at the human, social and psychological needs of the users of their products and services, to make better profits in their line of business.
   There are several organisations that have innovation centers/innovation hubs that focus on internalising design and innovation at all levels in the organisation. Some of the roles one can expect to play as persons with business and design knowledge are:
   Design Strategists / Design Interface Managers
   Business Analysts / Solution Architects / Information Architects
   Business and Organisational Architects
   Certainly new output needs new input and therefore the pedagogy used while inculcating design and innovation thinking include unlearning workshops, integrated teaching and handson learning.
   Your future success lies in selecting institutes and courses which have demonstrated their ability to deliver such as a blend of management, technology, design and innovation.
   (Uday Salunkhe is Group
   Director and Pradeep
   Pendse, Dean IT and Business Design,Welingkar
   Institute of Management)

From Three Idiots to a College of Idiots

 Mixing Education with Entertainment is a heady cocktail. Sagarika Ghosh in the blog beneath has hit the bulls eye and the right nerve.. In the 3 hours of cinema with whatever gripping humor is to make a mockery of the teachers and the education system that leads to more reinforcement to replicate in real life also. That is a lot of damage to the impressionistic age in the higher education where the learning has to be internalized. Just a simple reality check are when the Event Management companies bring the Rock Music festival who are fake duplicates of Bon Jovi types sponsored by Liquor barons . The Parents too are to be blamed for paying donations for admission for sort of education who when could not make it IIT. After all the coaching one lands to learn the “Idiotic” way. It does not end there; they keep on becoming the victim of all through the Education cycle beyond Engineering and MBA etc. There is a massive disconnect of Industry requirement and the Education delivery. The solutions are simple and can be implemented. It just requires a vision to translate in making assets for a better tomorrow for both the College campus and the Students also.

With best wishes only to those who do not wish to remain ” Idiot”


Sunil Vadlamani

From Three Idiots to a Nation Of Idiots Before I went to see Three Idiots watching the film had become something of a sacred duty. Friends telephoned from Mumbai and hissed furiously, “You mean you haven’t seen Three Idiots? Why? It’s the best movie ever.” Cousins cornered me at family gatherings and shouted, “When are you seeing Three Idiots? Its brilliant, its excellent, it’s the best.” With a chorus of “excellent”, “brilliant”, “fantastic”, “the best” ringing in my ears, jet propelled by the force of family pressure I dutifully lined up on a freezing January afternoon in Delhi, and accompanied by a glassy-eyed horde who had no doubt also been dragooned into the theatre by armies of friends and relatives, we all surged in, breathless with anticipation, to watch Three Idiots. And did Three Idiots the film live up to the hosannahs and eulogies that I heard chanted? Did the film deserve the tidal wave of frenzied applause that broke over my head every time its name was mentioned in any gathering? In my very humble opinion, no. Three Idiots is, for all its fine comic moments, a dangerous film as it legitimizes a scorn and hatred of education, sanctions wilful dumbing down and if cinema harnesses its immense power to such films, then very soon we will become a nation of idiots, and will have to hire foreigners to do our thinking for us. The fact that the film is so enormously popular shows how eager we are to embrace mindlessness and how keen we are to promote a culture where education and thoughtfulness are seen as obstacles to enjoying the good life. Is it any wonder that an Indian Express Indicus Analyticus study gives us the bad news that by 2020 those holding medical degrees/diplomas will go up from a shockingly low 1.3 million to only 2.1 million in the next ten years. As a nation we are in no mood to study, and Three Idiots encourages us to throw away our books because today we are chanting the mantra, “the-system-sucks-and teachers-are-pathetic-and-who-cares-about-grades-and-the-rat-race-is- foolish.” Before I proceed any further, I must say at the outset that am a great admirer of Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani. Aamir is a wonderfully talented actor, whose every performance is a joy for sheer energy and versatility. And Hirani’s Munnabhai, was a work of pure genius, Gandhigiri and jadoo ki jhappi entered our everyday lexicon as words and concepts and the Mahatma was more successfully marketed than the Congress party has ever managed to in its 125 years of existence. `Three Idiots’ too is a slickly made, fast moving film. Purely, as a cinematic adventure, Hirani holds the film together perfectly. Chetan Bhagat’s books are justifiably popular and notwithstanding the controversy over credits of Three Idiots and whether or not it was based on Bhagat’s book Five Point Someone, the slice of Indian undergraduate life that both book and film captures is a reality familiar and well loved by so many of us. Yet I found Three Idiots far too preachy, far too sanctimonious and far too much of a caricature. It lampoons and trivializes our higher education system as an unrelieved arena of bad teachers, suicidally pressurized students, manic success-oriented parents and evil money seekers who care nothing for learning but only want grades so they can get big jobs and Lamborghinis. Such a caricature is, as we all know, far from the truth. Although a liberal arts degree doesn’t compare to an engineering degree, my own experience of higher education at St Stephen’s College and Oxford University, is that it is an immensely enriching experience, consisting of many idealistic teachers and the excitement of new ideas is something for which there is no substitute. Yet a film whose central message is “the education system sucks”, “we learn nothing at our centres of excellence” and “teachers are unable to teach and only want to ruin students lives,” is a rather dangerous film. Three Idiots disdains the rigour of study, pours scorn on wanting to better oneself through the sadhna of learning and instead seems to suggest that to be happy in life we all need to drop out, sing songs under the night sky and not bother with studying hard because studying hard is a waste of time. As a former IITian has pointed out Rancho, in the film mocks Laplace Transform, the equation written on the blackboard, as an example of rote learning. Yet without Laplace Transform, Hirani’s computer would not boot up! This former IITian says he has never come across a teacher like Prof Virus, and believes that in its fashionable disdain for education, the film is dangerously juvenile. Yes, our education system needs urgent reform. Yes, we need to relook at our exam system. Yes, we need to ensure that parents do not pressurize children. But in the pursuit of educational reform, we cannot allow standards of excellence to be lowered. India’s IITs and IIMs must be applauded for the world-class minds they have thrown up, these are institutions that are respected the world over. Lets not start lampooning Indian engineers by showing them as students who deliver babies with vacuum cleaners. Let’s get real about higher education, not engage in an escapist fantasy and convince ourselves that education does not matter. After all, Rancho could be a subversive because he was a genius student. For those who are not geniuses, alas, there are no short cuts.

3D Printing: An emerging innovation

Ever heard of 3D printing, no i am not referring to the typical 3D movies that people watch. Ever saw the science fiction movies or probably the pokeman cartoon show, where anything drawn on a paper comes to the object exactly eg dram a cycle on paper and by 3 D printing you get a cycle in the 3Dimensional planes.

Well coming to the question

What is 3D printing? A 3D printer is a device which can convert a blue print in to a physical object. Feed to it the design of a wrench and what it will give you is a physical working wrench.

A 3D printer actually builds a object by adding on layer by layer.And since they built it layer by layer the objects are movable also.

When linked with the on demand circuit printer the 3D printers can produce basic house hold electric items too.

Feed the design of a coffee mug and it can produce numerous identical mugs without any error.

Advantages being:

Instead of a person assembling the individual parts the printer itself gives the readily assembled object.

Now the question that comes up is , all this is exciting but can this really be useful but it would be the same question which popped up on the first personal computer made.

A look at this link would elucidate it further.

Probably now we can correlate it to What pranav mistry says about the sixth sense device, an amulgamation of these technologies would beget wonders.

A few thoughts to tickle and let us think some apart from our routine lives.


Sunil Vadlamani