I am happy to start my message with a brief note about the recently completed 40th offering of the Faculty Development Programme (FDP). The recent FDP was conducted during May to August 2018. We had an enthusiastic batch of participants, many of whom were highly experienced faculty members and professionals from across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, who humbly stepped into the role of students at IIMA and made the programme a memorable experience not only to themselves but to the faculty members and IIMA community at large. Amidst a tight and busy schedule demanding preparation for classes, exams and assignments, the participants took an active role in other constructive activities. The 40th FDP batch organized an Art competition bringing joy and smiles to the under-privileged children being helped by the PRAYAAS initiative of IIMA. They created lasting memories for IIMA by organizing a cricket match between the FDP participants and IIMA faculty. I wish the batch a successful career and a happy life ahead.
The Faculty Development Programme (FDP) at IIMA endeavors to contribute to the professional development of management teachers currently working in management institutions and business schools across India as well as abroad. Management teachers play a crucial role in training competent future managers in business and non-business organizations. To be effective, it is critical for management teachers to have (i) an in-depth knowledge of general management principles (ii) a practical understanding of necessary pedagogical techniques and research skills and (iii) awareness about latest research and industrial developments in their specialized area.
We welcome enthusiastic management teachers who want to make a difference in management education to participate in the programme. We also welcome bright researchers who have just completed or close to completing their PhDs aspiring for a teaching and research career in Management Education. The FDP is a rigorous 4-month residential programme that provides training on core general management principles, pedagogical techniques (including case method), cutting-edge research methods and latest developments in specialized areas. The programme will enable the participants to effectively use various pedagogical tools in their respective classrooms, and develop their own cases and other teaching/research materials. It offers opportunities to acquire in-depth knowledge as well as hone knowledge dissemination skills.
In the programme, we use a mix of various learning settings such as classrooms, workshops and seminars. We largely follow a participatory approach to learning. Though there is a clear emphasis on the case method of teaching and learning, other educational approaches such as lectures, small group exercises, simulations, management games, and presentations are also widely used. Multimedia tools, computer based applications, advances statistical packages, and also industry visits; all complement these teaching and learning approaches. Participants will also get exposure of course design, curriculum planning and administration of academic activities.
The FDP demands a high level of individual and group effort from participants to draw maximum learning benefit. Usually, the participants take away more than just class-room related experiences as they enjoy the pristine greenery and inspiring environment of the IIMA campus, access to the vast library resources, and interact with bright students and faculty colleagues from diverse backgrounds. We make a conscious effort to stay in touch with our alumni and have gladly welcomed them to visit us and share with us their experiences. I am happy to note that many of our alumni have described FDP as a life-changing experience. We will continue to strive to make FDP a rewarding experience for management educators.
I welcome you to visit our website to learn about the programme and upcoming offering.