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IIMB syllabus to take a leaf out of Gita!

IIMB syllabus to take a leaf out of Gita!

Author: R Shankar
Publication: Free Press Journal
Date:
URL: http://www.freepressjournal.in

ANCIENT times in modern days - that will be the new mantra at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB).

In a new move, the premier institute is mulling over dove-tailing the wisdom handed over by Krishna to his friend Arjuna in the Kurukshetra battlefield through the Bhagwad Gita into the modern management syllabus.

"We are getting an expert opinion on this. Though we have some key aspects of ancient wisdom in our syllabus, this is for the first time that we will be introducing the Gita. But to make it as a syllabus will take some time," said Prof. B Mahadeva, Dean (Admin), here today.

Speaking at a seminar on "Towards a New Paradigm of Business Management-Alternative Perspectives from Ancient Indian Wisdom," he said ancient wisdom is still relevant in modern times, more so in management.

The seminar was jointly organised by Yugayatri, an organisation for promotion of Indian culture and Heritage, and Bangalore Chamber of Industries and Commerce (BCIC) at the IIBM.

Dr Shamsundar of Yugayatri said India's ancient wisdom can show business management in a new paradigm.

Yugayatri, he said, is working to implement and educate organisations on Indian culture and heritage.

BCIC Chairman and Senior Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar, T R Parasuraman, said the wisdom in many
Indian ancient scriptures can be used to rev up present business principles and administration. By studying and discussing these scriptures we have to come out with a new perspective for business administration, he said. Dr Satish Modh, Management Consultant, Mumbai, explained the three gunas -- Tamasika, Rajasika, Satvika Guna. The human resources wing of companies should use these gunas to judge the capabilities of workers and help them climb the ladder of corporate management. K Two, CEO, Anant Koppar explained the ways to implement the wisdom handed down by Krishna to Arjuna in present corporate structure. Citing the example of Satyam, the said companies should think of sustainability more than short term profit.

Management Consultant from Chennai, Dr. T V Subramanian explained the working of Vidhura's mind in the Mahabharata and how his thinking process could be used in the present corporate world.


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