SCIM - Sambhram Center For Indian Management
 
 
VISION :
 
  • To disseminate the idea of Indian Ethos in Management and Indian Management Nationally and International to give a new dimension to Management Concepts and Principles in all domains of Management and Leadership

 

MISSION :
 

  • To undertake Research and Consulting on the ideas of Contemporary Indian Management thought and propagate the same widely



ACTION PLAN
 

  • To encourage faculties to undertake research and MDPs with respect to indigenous ideas in management and leadership in all domains of management
  • To develop intellectual resources related to Indian Management thought and to develop an exclusive section in the Library dedicated to Indian Ethos and Management with a view to facilitate high quality research in this field
  • To arrange lectures, seminars/ workshops, interactive discussions and intellectual exercises and thus expose professionals from all walks of life to integrate Indian thought to achieve work life balance
  • To Globalize Indian Management Thought through International Dialogues and International Conferences in SAARC Nations and other Nations
     

(The Idea of SCIM originated from Faculty Development Workshop conducted by Prof. Subhash Sharma and our subsequent dialogue with him)

The Inaugural Program/October 25, 2016. THE REPORT

Inaugural Program of Sambhram Center for Indian Management (SCIM) was held on October 25, 2016 in the Library of Sambhram School of Management in the august presence of the luminaries like Padmashree Professor H. R. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA Yoga University, Bangalore, as the Chief Guest; Professor Subhash Sharma, Director, Indus Business Academy (IBA), Bangalore and Professor K. B . Akhilesh, Senior Professor, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore as the Guests of Honour. Shri V Nagaraj, Vice Chairman, Sambhram Group of Institutions presided over the program. Library, as the symbol of triumph of knowledge, provided the right ambience for the inaugural program.


The program began with invocation by Mr. H.A. Raghavendra followed by a welcome Kuchhipudi dance by Ms Sowmya T. P. and subsequently the guests lighted the auspicious lamp to mark the beginning of this new initiative. Prof K.C.Mishra, Director, Sambhram School of Management introduced the guests with briefing about this B-School and the SCIM.


Prof. Nagendra along with other guests inaugurated the SCIM. In his inaugural address he expressed his sincere joy to inaugurate the Center and said he was delighted to see this kind of new dimensions of the B-School that are necessary in modern times. He said abundant knowledge of Indian ethos is available so it is the perfect time to start the Center and posed the question what was Indian Management and also answered that it was nothing but an offshoot of spiritual dimension.


He further said modern science has grown to the great heights in the last 400 years but is still incomplete in its search for the reality. Scientists like Newton and Descartes found the world so complex as far as the physical world was concerned but apart from physical world there is also the world beyond our imagination and understanding of Gods’ etc; we had understood the physical world thinking that everything in this world was matter and energy. Scientists could calculate how to put the rockets in to right orbit which was deterministic; on the other hand there is a subtle world where electrons grew like globe leading to collapse of the deterministic world which only showed we could understand the physical world only partially.


The essence of Indian way of life lies in going beyond the physical world like understanding Prana (life); the problem of Western medical world was how non-communicable diseases like Diabetes, Asthma and Cancer arise. However, these diseases require multidimensional approach; modern Science and Technology was unable to solve such modern problems, that is why a system like ‘AYUSH’( Ayurveda, Yoga,Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) was introduced by Government of India recently to give a holistic treatment to these diseases which was backed by WHO also. Professor Nagendra went on to add, in the Management Scenario, along with the Western concepts like TQM, ISO, Japanese Management we should also evolve Indian Management principles. That we have achieved so much and waiting for what next; however, in the process we had burnt up ourselves. So, time has come to maintain one’s health properly and in this direction Indian Management principle of Holistic Management could help.


The Western Management teaches only quality of products whereas Indian Management teaches quality of life which is also very important. Unless we understand this integral dimension of management, it will not be effective, he strongly felt. Human beings need freedom from pains, diseases, greed and arrogance; ancient seers had given solutions for all these problems. Yoga can be a panacea for all ills of modern problems; in this context he opined India is not simply a Punya Bhoomi but it is a Divya Bhoomi. Now there is a need to bring back those management concepts and usher in holistic development of the human personality.


By combining the ‘Best of the West and the East’ to give a total new dimension; total index of the country should not simply be measured by GDP but it should also include health index, personality index, and contribution index. Corruption can be prevented by will power; and there is great need to build values in management and in society. We should listen to wisdom rather than senses; on the one hand we are growing gigantically but we have been reduced to pigmies because of many modern problems. Hence, Indian education should teach us the fine qualities through inculcating right values; all these dimensions should be brought into Indian Management. So it would be a wonderful knowledge base; in this context ancient Indian texts should be studied and ideas learnt from them to be applied to the body of management knowledge. He lauded the efforts of the B-School in developing the SCIM and wished the venture to grow phenomenally in future.


The Guest of Honour Professor K.B. Akhilesh in his address shared an interesting anecdote; in a Conference on Indian Management about two decades ago they strategized to evolve the concept of Indian Management and it was defined in different ways. One way was to define it in terms what successful Indian companies do; second way was to see it in terms of failures of Western practices in Indian context and the third approach was to define it in terms of our culture and values so that the positive aspects of work life could be highlighted.


These can be internalised from our texts and scriptures. Another dimension we learnt was with respect to large scale changes we have brought in India; in this backdrop he quoted about the reforms brought out in Tihar Jail by the top Indian First Woman Cop Dr Kiran Bedi and another example of Salem Silver Jewellery makers with a lakh employee having no financial transaction. Lessons learnt from these experiences are at the core of Indian Management. Now days we are getting many Indian unique case studies and we learn from other parts of the world also which are evidence based.


Today people ask for evidence based questions; in this back drop Management Department of IISc would establish a lab to give evidence based studies about Indian Management; he mentioned very interesting Indian concept of ‘Reverse Decision Making’ that was first presented by Dr. Daniel Albuquerque and discussed in a Workshop at IBA, where in lies the importance of Indian mythologies like Savithri, Bhakta Markandeya, in contrast to usual decision making process based on Western Management theories. He concluded his speech by saying Yoga Programs at S-VYASA are globally accepted and appealed to the youngsters to contribute to the field of Indian Management in future.


The other Guest of Honour Professor Subhash Sharma highlighted about the historical evolution of Indian Management starting in 1980 followed by the ‘Human Values in Management’ propounded by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission. Further, Professor S. K.Chakravarty of IIM Calcuta also added to this conceptualization and the outcome was creation of “Management Center for Human Values” in IIM Calcutta led by Prof. Chakravarty himself.


In 1996 he came out with his book “Management in New Age: Western Windows Eastern Door” opening a new vista in Indian Management. Indian Management is rooted in the idea of ‘Vision of Life’ taking us beyond the ‘Vision of Profit’ that is the root of Western Management. He also mentioned about institutional efforts in this direction at WISDOM (Women’s Institute for Studies in Development Oriented Management) at Banasthali University, Rajasthan and Indus Business Academy, IBA, Bangalore and Greater Noida. He talked of three phases of development of Indian Management, viz. Indian Ethos and Management phase with focus on human and ethical values 1980 onwards; Yoga Revolution and YMS (Yoga, Meditation and Spirituality) phase with focus on Self Management 2000 onwards and now entry into DNA (Development, Nationalism and Aspiration) phase wherein Management is linked with three key ideas viz. Development, Nationalism and Aspirations of people.


He defined it as ‘INDIA Model of Indian Management’; where in INDIA stands for Indian (I) Nationalism (N), Development (D), and International (I) Aspirations (A). He also linked it with the development vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, articulated as ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ (collective energy for collective development). He further stated this can be accomplished through a ‘Step by Step’ approach to success and gave his well known ‘Step by Step’ song of success to the students and the aspirants attending this program.


Mr. B K Gupta, CEO, Giant Step, a noted Corporate Trainer and motivation guru underlined the need and relevance of the inauguration of SCIM; expressed his experience that students of leading B-Schools of the country showed blatant ignorance about Indian values, culture and ethos. He congratulated Sambhram School of Management for laying the foundation of SCIM and believed it would go a long way in igniting the budding managers to know about their glorious past and rich cultural heritage; further he quoted the great French savant and Nobel Laureate Romain Rolland: “If there is one place on the face of earth, where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India”. The august gathering was also reminded of the powerful prediction of the British Historian, E P Thomson “India is the most important country for the future of the world”.


Mr. Gupta made a fervent appeal to the teachers in particular to shift their focus from teaching values to practicing values as the students today are facing the crisis of finding genuine teachers to become their role models; with conviction he concluded on a positive note that time was opportune for India to become a Spiritual Guru and SCIM could prove to be the harbinger of the New Dawn!


Dr. Vithal D Potdar, Principal, Nagarjuna Degree College, extended his concluding remark about the initiative of having this SCIM and stated the new perspective should be followed in a spirit of research not in isolation and an interdisciplinary perspective is the need; we could take a leaf out of Indology and Indian classical works also. Joint study groups should be set up in consultation with Linguists, Social Scientists and Management experts. Interpretations of ancient texts like Rajaneethi, Arthasastra, and Maanasollasa should also be taken up which is otherwise application of ancient principles in the modern contexts; this is precisely missing in today’s researches. In this context he referred about the seminal work conducted long ago by late M.H. Gopal in 1920 by submitting his PhD thesis on ‘Mouryan Public Finance’ to the University of London; how he was motivated to undertake his research studies in 1994 in Karnataka University. At the end he suggested to go for tie ups with Indological Groups, ICHR, ICSSR, ICPR and Mythic Society to take up studies in this direction.


Sri V Nagaraj, Vice Chairman, Sambhram Group of Institutions and President of the Program remarked that he was very happy to see the Center being inaugurated in this B-School and assured all the required support for its growth. He hoped in future more and more students would pursue their interest in this type of studies and researches thus bring laurels to the SCIM and also to themselves. Though he had his own queries about this concept at the outset but now after hearing the legendaries about the efficacies of Indian Management he best assured himself first and then others this humble beginning is the reality in a better way. The program ended with the proposition of vote of thanks by Mr. H.A.Raghavendra, Associate Professor, Sambhram School of Management.
For the audience it turned out to be mind enriching and wonderful experience as they could visualize expanding horizons of Indian Management and its future potential in thought leadership at the global level through globalization of Indian Management.