Need of self-regulation in Indian B-Schools to improve quality

My article entitled ‘Shouldering the Quality Responsibility’ was published in EDU.

More than 50 years back, Ford Foundation in the US funded a report–Higher Education for Business–in response to the lack of quality in business management programs. The report highlighted that “academics at some [business] schools were more akin to quacks; and the curricula offered were narrow, simple and weak. The calibre of staff and students alike was condemned, with the authors calling for more research and less consulting work by faculty, improved regulation, fewer case studies, more theory and analysis, and more teaching of ethics”, according to The Economist.

Indian B-schools and management education are in not a very different state than US B-schools more than 50 years back. There are serious concerns of quality and inconsistencies in the system. Recent AICTE notification related to the regulation of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programs is a reflection some of the valid concerns about the quality of management education in India. Of course, this is perceived as restrictive by institutions and has created a lot of uncertainty and curiosity about the impact of the notification.

I am certainly not supporting more regulation, however, I believe that regulation is a necessary evil in a fragile Indian higher education and and the history of institutional malpractices have not helped in gaining confidence of stakeholders. I argue that self-regulation through professionalisation is the most effective way to reduce interference and influence of external regulation.

Click here to read the full article. Any comments/thoughts?

Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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