BITS Leading Change

Dr. Umesh Dhyani

About the Author :

Dr. Umesh Dhyani is Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities & social Sciences at BITS Pilani, which is one of the premier deemed to be science and technology Universities of India, credited with continuing academic reforms since its origin. He completed his PhD from BITS- Pilani in social sciences and has also done his PGDBA programme.

For the last two and half decades, Dr. Dhyani has been involved in teaching, research and other academic and institutional activities at BITS –Pilani. He has for long taught courses in public Policy and conflict Management to the graduate students at BITS – Pilani. An extensive researcher, Dr. Dhyani has participated, presented and published research papers in numerous seminars, conference and journals in India and aboard and has also delivered invited talks at various academic journal on sustainable Development. His area of research is CSR and community participation. He is the author of among other works, “Global Corporate Executive 63 Mantras’ (2005) and Co- author of ‘Grassroots Entrepreneurship strategy for development (2004). Apart from academics, he has extensively worked in promoting development projects for the rural population.

Growing the Tree of Science :- Homi Bhabha and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Indira Chowdhury

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Indira Chowdhury, heads the centre for Public History at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. Formerly Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, she has a PhD in history from the school of Oriental and African Studies, London (1993). Her book the Frail Hero and Virile History (Oxford University Press, 1998) was awarded the Tagore Prize in 2001. She translated Ashapurna Debi’s major novel The First Promise (2004) and Co –authored with Ananya Dasgupta an archival book titled A Masterful Spirit: Homi –Bhabha 1909-1966 (2010). She was awarded the New India Fellowship in 2006. She set up the Archives of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, and subsequently, several institutional archives through the centre for Public History. She serves as president of the oral History Association of India and also as president of the International Oral History Association.

Mind & Hand - The Birth of MIT

Julius A stratton & Loretta H. Mannix

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The motto on the seal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Mens et Manus” – “Mindand Hand” – signals the institute’s dedication to what founder William Barton Rogers called “the most earnest cooperation of intelligent culture with industrial pursuits”. Mind and Hand traces the idea about science and education that have shaped MIT and defined its mission- from the new science of the enlightenment era and the ideals of representative democracy spurred by the Industrial Revolution to new theories on the nature and role of higher education in nineteenth - century America. MIT emerged in mid –century as an experiment in scientific and technical education, with its origins in the tension between these old and new ideas.

Mind and hand was undertaken by Julius Stratton after his term as MIT president (1959-1966) and was continued by his administrative assistant Loretta Mannix following his death in 1994; Philip Alexander, of the MIT program in writing and Humanistic studies, completed the project. The combined efforts of these three authors have given us what Dr. Stratton envisioned –“a coherent account of the flow of ideas” from which MIT emerged.

“ A labor of sustained love and deep learning, Mind and Hand unearths MIT’s rich multiple roots – in the polytechnic models of France, the aspiration of the mid- nineteenth century’s rising industrial technologists, the boosters of Boston, and the vision of its founders for science – based technical education. More than that, it is a kind of user’s manual for its time – an insider’s history of what it took to create and develop this urban university; including fund- raising and faculty recruitment, land acquisition and community support, and the friendly, creative competition with that other educational institution down the Charles River. Mind and Hand reveals just how much the MIT of today is mirrored in the story of its birth”

- Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale university

“This Sweeping account of MIT’s origins and earliest days captures the essence of a very special institution – its spirit of inquiry, innovation, openness, integrity, and academic excellence. As we face the opportunities and challenges of change that lie ahead, we have meant to learn from this story of the institute’s emergence in response to unmet educational, technical, and industrial needs in mid- nineteenth century America”

- Susan Hockfield, President , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nurturing Institutional Excellence

Dr. Vijay Sherry Chand & T.V .Rao

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Conceptualized by visionaries like Vikram Sarabhai, Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Ravi.J. Matthai. And nurtured by various Directors, Faculty member, Board of Governors and other stakeholders, the Indian Institute of management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is today regarded as an institution of excellence. As the institute enters the fiftieth year of its existence, individuals who have been closely connected with it over the last two decades, examine what has made IIMA stand out as a mission – driven institution. They describe the institutional processes, the values, the culture of self- regulation and high accountability to oneself: the leadership, and the dynamics of working in decentralized teams, which have underpinned the making of this institution. Their accounts reinforce the good institutions focus their attention on internal processes and systems through their culture and values and provide space and energy to people so that they can focus on the purpose and mission.

The contributions to this book include Directors, members of the board, and people in various academic support services, faculty members who have managed the various programmes of the institution or have championed innovations within IIMA, and faculty members who have headed other institutes. The book offers all those interested in developing institutions, insights into institution building processes and an idea of the thinking that goes on behind the scenes in a premier management school.

Vijaya Sherry chand joined the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1993 as fellow of the Ravi J. Matthai centre for Educational Innovative (RJMCEI) and joined the faculty of the institute in 1997. Prior to joining the institute, he was for about elven years, a social activist working with socio- economically marginalized communities. His current areas of specialization are management of basic education, social entrepreneurship, the non- profit sector, sustainable development and management communication. He has worked closely with the ministry of HRD, Government of India and a few stage government, on the management of major educational programmes like the district primary education programme and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He has also worked on short – term advisory projects with many development and donor agencies. His publication include a co- edited book, Institutional building; An international perspective on management education, published by Macmillan India (1999). At IIMA, he has chaired the admission committee. The financial Aid and Awards committee, the faculty development programme, the post- Graduate Programme in Agri- Business Management and the RJMCEI.

T. V. Rao joined the organizational behaviour area and the Education system unit of IIMA in 1973. During his association with IIMA, as full time faculty until 1994, as visiting faculty and adjunct Professor after that Dr. Rao has been a close observer of institution building at IIMA. During the seventies and early – eighties, he worked closely with Ravi J. Matthai on many projects, including the jawaja project. At IIMA, he has been chairman of the post- Graduate programme, the fellow programme, and the public systems Group. He has worked with ministry of education and HRD on a number of projects, including the new education policy of 1986. Dr. Rao, along with Dr. Udai Pareek, was instrumental in conceptualizing the first HRD department in the corporate sector in the mid-seventies at Larsen & Toubro. Subsequently, he established the centre for HRD at XLRI. Jamshedpur, the national HRD network and the Academy of HRD. He has written over 60 books on organizational behaviour, human resource development, education, health, entrepreurship, and 360-degree feedback. He has worked as a consultant to organizations like the UNESCO, UNIDO, FAO, USAID and the commonwealth secretariat. He is at present Adjunct professor at IIMA and chairman of the TVRLS, a research- based consulting firm which he founded.

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