06 May 2019 19:04 IST

ISB’s PGPpro looks to enhance leadership and managerial skills

Time has come when industry and academia need to sit across the table, says Rakesh Mittal

Participants of Indian School of Business (ISB) first off-campus management programme for working professionals, PGPpro, organised their inaugural leadership summit, ‘Abhyudaya’ on May 4. Abhyudaya, meaning sunrise or a new beginning, conference commences on series of leadership conclave that will be organised by the PGPpro cohort.

Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, ISB, said, “ISB’s PGPpro combines learning rigour with the ease of setting the pace of one’s learning. Today with Abhyudaya, PGPpro participants have demonstrated their determination and conviction to excel, yet again. By assembling unique panels, they have made this conclave a success.”

Leadership skills

Srivastava spoke of the need of a weekend executive MBA-equivalent programme such as PGPpro for the mid-career professionals who want to grow in life, enhance their leadership and managerial skills but do not wish to leave their jobs.

Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises said, ''India today is not rising, it has risen and that is an awakening you all must take note of. Time has come when industry and academia need to sit across the table. Time has come, when we need to start looking at the future of the jobs.”

Mittal said that PGPpro cohort should take pride in their ideas and try turning those ideas into a reality.

Start-up ecosystem

A panel discussion on, ‘Startup ecosystem in India’ took place with Deepshikha Anand, Founder, SpeakIn; Rohit Kapoor, CEO, OYO real estate; Pankaj Bansal, Co-founder and CEO PeopleStrong; and Ankur Warikoo, Founder, Nearbuy.com, on the panel. They spoke on how the concept of start-ups has become ambiguous in today’s world.

All of them said that while the start-up ecosystem is encouraging and supporting but one should always be prepared to face failures and have a plan B. They spoke about various perceptions related to the start-up culture and gave practical insights from their personal experiences of building a start-up.

The day-long conclave had two other panel discussions and some of the key panelists were Shubhradeep Guha, Director, Google; Somnath Dutta, franchise head, Johnson & Johnson (Pharma); Sandeep Singh Arora, Vice-President, Samsung; Siddharth Bindra, managing Director, BIBA; and Ester Martinez, CEO and founder, People Matters.

ISB’s Post-Graduate Programme in Management for working professionals (PGPpro), a weekend executive MBA-equivalent programme, is designed to meet career-consolidation goals of mid-career working professionals. It is first off campus programme and is offered in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The programme allows professionals to gain deep strategy and leadership insights, specialise in either finance or marketing, enhance their decision-making abilities as well as strengthen managerial skills.