ISB RECENTLY SIGNED AN MoU WITH THE FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW AND DIPLOMACY,TUFTS UNIVERSITY TO SUPPORT THE SETTING UP OF THE BHARTI INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC POLICY AT ITS UPCOMING CAMPUS IN MOHALI. SAVITA MAHAJAN,DEPUTY DEAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ISB,MOHALI.
What was the rationale behind this collaboration?
India is playing an increasingly important role in shaping global affairs— be it political, economic or social. Hence, it has become imperative for our future leaders to be able to interpret, analyse, influence and challenge policies that in turn can help them develop and drive progressive agendas. In other words the future business leaders that are being groomed should be trained to understand public policy in order to effectively conduct business. Needless to say today public policy as an area of study, research and affirmative action has gained a lot of significance. However, research in this field is still in its nascent stages.Through our partnership with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, we want to develop the Bharti Institute of Public Policy that will play a key role in developing business leaders who are conversant with the multifaceted dimensions of public policy. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is one of the pioneers of public policy education and it will help us in curriculum design and development as well as research and pedagogical support.
What are the highlights of this collaboration?
The collaboration between the two schools is envisaged to cover faculty exchange opportunities, curriculum development, research and teaching support in areas such as trade policy, energy and natural resource policy, environment and security policy. We also aim to develop many joint research projects. Development of educational material relevant to India, joint executive education programmes and research workshops and conferences are some other areas that we wish to address through this collaboration. We are confident that in due course of time other areas of collaboration will also open up.
What are the main areas of convergence?
We are looking at many possible areas of collaboration such as trade policy, energy and natural resource policy, environmental policy and security policy, among others.
Why do you think international collaborations are the way ahead in management education?
The forces of globalisation have blurred many boundaries be it political or financial. Indian companies are emerging as global leaders in many industries and many international companies are establishing their presence in India. Therefore, business schools have to equip students to embark upon the increasingly complex commercial challenges that are part of today’s competitive global business environment and changing economic realities. International collaborations help in this direction as they facilitate global exposure by exposing students to an international faculty. An international faculty also helps to incorporate global trends in the curriculum.