Technology at WeSchool expanding the classroom

The challenge that confronts the education system in India, today, is a shortage of trained teachers. According to a Technopak Education Outlook report, “India will require 6 million more teachers by 2020 to attain the world average in terms of student-teacher ratio. This would mean a requirement to train 0.75 million teachers per annum, as against this the total capacity of all B.Ed. colleges currently, which is only 0.25 mn per annum.”
In this context, telepresence is proving to be revolutionary for imparting quality education across the spectrum and breaking the physical barriers in learning, points out Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Research & Development (WeSchool).
WeSchool is a strong supporter of innovation. Not only does it take inspiration from new technology, it embraces new technology as well. The premier B-School is tech-savvy and this even reflects in how classroom learning is imparted. WeSchool provides virtual classroom sessions where lectures are delivered by learned professors from the campus studio to thousands of Welingkarites across campus. Since the technology allows a larger number of students to attend live sessions and interact with learned professors than a physical classroom, it successfully addresses the issue of the scarcity of good faculty and the difficulty of making them available at the right place, at the right time. “In case a student is not able to attend virtual classroom lectures, he can still refer to WeLecture, where video lectures are uploaded on all subjects,” informs Dr. Uday Salunkhe.

Welingkarites Are Committed And Uncompromisingly Innovative

To be able to take up a managerial role in the fast-moving and ever-changing industrial scenario, today’s managers must have a strong grip on all interfaces of business areas. They must believe in teamwork and possess skills of research, communication and persuasion.

MBA programs endow students with the required skills, know-how and confidence for their chosen careers. Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director and Principal, L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, believes academic activities at WeSchool equip its students for the future by making adaptive and confident professionals out of them.

The institute offers a variety of flexible programs so that Welingkarites are able to acquire, develop and practice the skills in real life business scenarios. Students are also encouraged to bring in their work experience to the learning table, analyze and develop strengths, reflect on weaknesses, map out charts of personal growth and be equipped with tools for success in career and life.

WeSchool strongly believes in combining the philosophies of leadership and innovation with a design-thinking approach to management education, says Dr. Uday Salunkhe. Today companies are looking for people that can combine innovation with experience to create efficiency. It is important to note that innovation is not limited to products or services. Innovation can be in logistics, financing, marketing, organizational design or even in handling attrition.

WeSchool’s distinctively different approach to management education has manifested as the various successes of its alumni. A few of these are listed below:

  • Stita Misra (PGDM, 2011-13) and her team of young scribes launched Samvad – an online magazine dedicated to the evolution of business education.
  • Sohail Sayani (PGDM Business Design, 2011-13) along with his team of music aficionados launched Mumbai’s first on-campus, web-based radio channel, RadioWE, which offers education as well entertainment on its multiple waves.
  • A story by Anchal Singh (PGDM Business Design, 2011-13) was published in ‘Inspired by Tagore’- an anthology by The British Council – from nearly 4000 entries from around the world.
  • A research paper titled ‘Embedding Technology Human Resource – Distance covered and road map’ by Shweta Maheshwari (PGDM, 2011-13) got published in Conquest, the much-revered management journal of IIM (Shillong).
  • Himanshu Kapadia, the champion of ‘out of the box thinking and action’, and winner of 14 prestigious awards at WeSchool, went on to win an internal competition at HDFC as an HR trainee. On his win, he was recorded as saying, “The best part is the entire HR Transformation Exercise will be named “E-mpower” which was my winning idea. I have also been entrusted to design a logo for this initiative. It is rare that in such a short span of time, one gets so much exposure and appreciation, more than that, a chance to give ideas and see them being appreciated and executed is a big high!”

“The feedback received from my mentors has contributed to giving me a better professional edge,” the budding HR manager revealed of his success.

Failure For Success With MBA

“MBA is more than just an educational course; it is a career-enhancing 360 degree program which, if pursued diligently, can be a life-changing event. The learnings of the program have a huge impact of one’s life and career.” says Prof. Dr Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.