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Vishwanath’s First Century and a Kick start to my... It is amazing how a small incident can make a crucial difference to your life and career. This was what Vishwanath’s test debut did to me. I was a relatively junior official in my company. I knew I was...

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Meeting Satyajit Ray......and into Ashani Sanket (Satyajit Ray and I have had very little in common, personally and certainly not professionally. Most mornings I drove past Ray's house on Bishop Lefroy  Road and parked my car close by. I had, however...

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AMRITABHASHINI and its Fading Footprints In the Wikipedia pages on Kottakkal, there is a mention of Amrutabhashini . I quote ,” The development activities of women included modern publications such as Amritha Bhashini and Bala Chandrika, published...

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Another Family Reunion Family Reunion-May 11, 2014 The Kizhakke Covilagam family reunion I attended in 2010 was my first experience of attending the annual family meet, started ten years ago. I attended it a second time...

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Medical Education: Is Ethics part of it ? July 31, 2014 diagnostic tests It is high time that a formal course in ethics is made an integral part of medical education. An administrator of a leading hospital in Mumbai, herself a doctor, told...

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Precious Moments

Category : Non Profits

I would like to share  a story I heard the other day. It is about a young man who received a brand new car as a New Year gift from his elder brother. As he brought  the car out and parked it near a municipal school, an eight year old boy came up, looked at the car and. as if under a spell, said ‘How beautiful!’. And he asked “Sir, may I touch it?’. Partly amused and certainly pleased, the owner said ‘Go ahead’. The boy then asked him what he had paid for the car. ‘Nothing, the owner said.’ ‘It is a gift from my brother.’ → Continue

Op-Ed Columnist – The Third Depression

Category : Business Insights

www.nytimes.com

“There was the Long Depression, then the Great Depression, and now we are in the early stages of a third depression. This one is primarily a failure of policy.”

I would recommend  this to students of the global economic crisis. Paul Krugman, the author, is a Nobel Laureate in Economics and a columnist in New York Times.

In Unending Search of the Best!

Category : Miscellany

I was on the Executive Committee of a body that had on it very bright thinkers. The Committee used to meet on the second Monday of every month. The meetings were memorable as much for depth of discussion as for follow up failures! I remember one session to discuss and plan  a major event about five months away. Promotional material had to be prepared and a proposal from the Chairman of the sub committee  had to be approved.

Several alternatives were discussed. One was selected and the Chairman was authorised to get the job done. → Continue

For quarter of a century he has been concerned with management education.

Category : Testimonials

Former Director, Indian Institute of Management, AhmedabadI have known Professor Raja for more than a decade. He has deep insight into managerial issues, which he acquired from his long association with Indian industry. For quarter of a century he has been concerned with management education. Besides teaching he has been involved in setting up management schools and managing institutions. What I admire in Prof. Raja are his sustained efforts to learn what is new in the field of management and his desire to use it in resolving issues in practice. I am happy that he is starting a website to interact “on management practices, management education and education management” with those who are concerned with management education and administration. I am convinced that Prof. Raja is the most appropriate person to initiate a forum for such interactions. Every one in the field of management education and management administration would benefit from these interactions. I wish him all the success in this effort.

Prof Jahar Saha,
Former Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

About this Website

Category : Miscellany

I look upon this website as an opportunity for interaction  with my friends and well wishers. While the primary focus is on education, management education in particular, my blogs cover experiences in other fields including personal experiences right from childhood to the present day.

These blogs should facilitate interaction on management practices, management education and education management. For over a quarter century, I have been closely associated with management education and educational planning and administration. And  I believe  both will undergo fundamental changes in the coming decade.

Sam Pitroda recently remarked that the next revolution in India will be in education. In 1990, if anyone had predicted the state the Indian economy is in today, few would have considered him mentally sound. The same disbelief and doubt prevails in the education sector today.

The changes  that can occur may well produce world class colleges and universities in India. They will stand up to global competition the same way as the Indian global companies are now doing.

But all this cannot be taken for granted. We need wide  discussion not only among  educational administrators but among the general public who are the most important stake holders .I do hope that such discussion will surface on this website and several others.

Fellowship in organizations

Category : Non Profits

The warmth of fellowship is often experienced in Rotary through a small but memorable experience .I had my first taste of it soon after I joined the Rotary. The summer of 1984 was a seemingly endless nightmare for us, with my wife lying,  virtually reborn, in a Bangalore hospital, after a gruesome road accident. I distinctly remember one sweet incident of those months –  meeting a young Rotarian in a new Rotary Club in that city. His voice came across the telephone the next morning with a concern that touched us. “Any help I can organise for you, Raja? Medicines? I work in a  pharma company. What about the blood transfusion you mentioned!” By the grace of God, we didn’t need any help, But the face of the young friend stands out as the only sweet recollection of that bitter summer in Bangalore. → Continue

In unending search of the best!

Category : Non Profits

I was on the Executive Committee of a body that had on it very bright thinkers. The Committee used to meet on the second Monday of every month. The meetings were memorable as much for depth of discussion as for follow up failures! I remember one session to discuss and plan for a major event about five months away. Promotional material had to be prepared and a proposal from the Chairman of the subcommittee  had to be approved.

Several alternatives were discussed. One was selected and the Chairman was authorised to get the job done. → Continue

No one that I know updates himself so diligently and fully as he does

Category : Testimonials

I am delighted to know that  K.C.R. Raja is starting his website, devoted to Management Education and Management of Institutions. I have had the privilege to know  Raja for many years and while few have his knowledge and experience in the fields of Management Education, no one that I know updates himself so diligently and fully as he does. In a field that is forever changing, developing, reviewing and rediscovering itself,  Raja is not only current but focused always on the future as well. As a person, a more affable, accommodating and genial person is hard to find. I wish his new effort every success. And I am glad he is doing it because it will benefit everybody in this field.

Kalyan Banerjee
President, 2011-12
Rotary International

Is creativity enough?

Category : Business Insights

The tension between continuity and change is said to constitute the groundwork of history. Not only nations but organisations experience this tension in some form and measure. Continuity is guarded by solid, stable no-nonsense administrators while change is advocated by a small band of impatient innovators. One rests largely on traditions and conventions and is highly procedure oriented. Every time you suggest a new idea they would give you five reasons why it will not work. They would sacrifice results for rules. The impatient innovator, on the other hand, tends to measure success in terms of results obtained even at the cost of bending the system. → Continue

Swami Vivekananda and Jamshedji Tata-Where Hi Tech met Hi Touch

Category : India and The World

In 1893, in a boat that sailed from Yokohama to Vancouver, two great Indians, one, a monk and the other, an industrialist met for the first time.  The monk was Swami Vivekananda, who was to take and interpret to the West, more effectively than anyone else, the religious and philosophical tradition of India. The industrialist was Jamshedji Tata,   the father of Indian industry. As they got talking, Vivekananda explained his mission of preaching in the US, the universality of all religions. Jamshedji  said he was in search of equipment and technology that would build the steel industry and  make India a strong industrial nation.  Vivekananda  blessed Jamshedji, and remarked “How wonderful it would be if we could combine the scientific and technological achievements of the West with the asceticism and humanism of India!” → Continue