Sustainability has become an important corporate agenda. B-schools cannot ignore this changing trend anymore and must incorporate courses that equip management professionals with relevant knowledge and skills to enable organizations improve their social and environmental performance.
The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) has recently launched a two-year, full-time Post-Graduate Program in Sustainable Management (PGPSM) that will commence from the forthcoming academic session in 2014. Having already taken a leadership role by launching the first-ever course on carbon markets at a time when our professional management education systems were still oblivious to this emerging business challenge, the PGPSM program is yet another endeavor in this direction.
ThinktoSustain.com takes a closer look at the PGPSM program and its objectives. We invite Prof Sushil Kumar, Faculty, Centre for Business Sustainability and Dean, Academic Affairs, IIM Lucknow, who has been at the forefront of IIML’s sustainability initiatives, to answer our queries and share his thoughts on what the program is all about, for whom it is meant, and what it can offer to students.
Prior to joining IIML, Prof Sushil Kumar was SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, from where he completed his Doctoral studies too. Earlier, he was a Member of the prestigious All India Service – Indian Forest Services (IFS) – belonging to the 1988 batch.
A. About IIM Lucknow Noida Campus
Question: Sir, do provide a brief background about IIM Lucknow NOIDA Campus.
Prof Sushil Kumar: IIM Lucknow’s Noida Campus was set up in the year 2005 to serve as a Centre of Excellence for executive education. IIM Lucknow’s path breaking initiative of setting up an additional campus in the country was a manifestation of its vision of leadership in management thinking and education.
Question: Tell us something about Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS) at IIM Lucknow and its objectives and functioning in relation to the newly launched Post Graduate Program in Sustainable Management (PGPSM).
Prof Sushil Kumar: The Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS) is a multidisciplinary, collaborative initiative, bringing together experts from various domains to help businesses shift from the conventional paradigm of ‘shareholder value creation’ to the emerging paradigm of ‘stakeholder value creation’. It disseminates knowledge and makes available appropriate latest modern management and decision making tools and techniques to business leaders. The Centre develops, designs and delivers short term and long term training programs, and organizes highly tailored workshops according to specific needs of corporate and non-corporate sectors. The PGPSM is a brainchild of the CBS, which has been instrumental in establishing the core vision of the program and its curriculum development.
Question: The Centre of Business Sustainability (CBS) is located at IIM Lucknow, but the classes for PGPSM would be conducted at NOIDA Campus; any particular reason for that?
Prof Sushil Kumar: PGPSM is directed at working managers/professionals seeking to add further value to their profile through a professional degree. Running the PGPSM program from Noida, a major hub of corporate India, would enable us to cater to a wider audience having requisite work experience. Being in close vicinity of Delhi, Noida campus is also the ideal platform for bringing together corporate leaders, policy makers, civil society and academia from various universities in Delhi to deliver guest lectures and interact with students.
Question: What kind of infrastructure and facilities does IIM Lucknow make available for the students who join PGPSM?
Prof Sushil Kumar: IIM Lucknow’s Noida campus boasts of modern classrooms, fully equipped computer labs, a well-stocked, regularly updated library, fully furnished hostel rooms, a mess and elaborate sports and fitness facilities. All of these will be available to students who join the PGPSM.