Tuesday, 11 October 2011

What is missing in Management Education (II) ?

     The Indian philosophy believes in the duality of Maya and Bramha  ( माया और ब्रम्ह ) e.g. the body  and the soul or say electrical appliance and electricity or say motorcar and its driver. It says that one cannot work in isolation to another and both of these should work in tandem to be of some significance.   

  In my previous post , I had raised the issue that something is missing in management education. The word management includes MAN . Unless the management  theories take care of this MAN in his all manifestations , they cannot be effective. 

   Let me  explain through an example. An average Indian citizen is least bothered about the cleanliness and sanitation in public places. All management theories imported from West failed here to ensure it. But , everybody knows that there is also an exception to this. The temples,mosques and churches are cleaner in India than any other public place. Because India has a  legacy  of  a God-fearing country.

   So, when ceramic tiles with images of god and goddesses are placed in public place stairs , people would not spit Paan-Peek पान पीक   . Somebody told me that it still happens if light is not there. Further, we  Indians cannot organise for any important issue , but millions will gather for one month long Kumbh Mela without any cost implications, just for the sake of God. 

   Therefore, the MAN in Management is to be understood in its three dimensions of Desh, Kaal and Paatra ( देश , काल और पात्र ) translated as place,period and person. An Indian citizen responds to religious significations more than atheist western management theories. Since the world class IIMs  and IITs treat these issues as taboos in their curriculum, these institutions have not been able to make noticeable difference in Indian society's functioning and its productivity level.
   It is unfortunate that while practicing western secularism , we abandoned the positive attributes arising out of God-fearing mentality. We abandoned the religion , which resulted in elimination of God-fear ( the supreme of all positive fears ) and that has caused an overall chaos and crisis in every field of public and private life in India.

   So,  it is my firm belief that in Indian context, unless god-fear ( irrespective of which religion you belong ) is instilled in our teachings from nursery to Ph.D. level again , every type of education is to resemble a beautiful mummified deadbody without soul and hence ineffective in making any dent in Indian scenario.   

   I will write  an interesting personal experience on this issue in my next post.    

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