Dr. Murli Dhar Panga
Deputy Director – PIMR
Tell us about the vision for the growth of PIMR over the next 5 years.
The integration of emerging hyper-tech tools for making education accessible, inexpensive, and engaging for everybody is a crucial issue on which we must focus in the coming days. The introduction of AI into school and college classrooms on a large scale could have a significant impact on the teaching-learning process in the near future. Learners would benefit from this AI disruption, which would be accompanied by 5G because it would give them instant access to the most up-to-date knowledge and help them better comprehend concepts that they could use in real-life scenarios. In addition, facilitators can pool and analyse large amounts of data on many elements of learners’ activities to identify learning gaps and assist them in upskilling their abilities and preparing them for the market as entrepreneurs or skilled professionals.
Did the institute face any challenges for digital transformation that was required for offering seamless learning?
The institute did not face any challenge for the digital transformation at any stage because we were ready to face the challenges.
Setting up of Recording studio: The institute has set up a state-of-the-art recording studio that facilitates recording, designing, editing, sound and graphic mixing for its faculties
Unhindered Internet Connectivity: The Institute for unhindered connectivity has increased the speed from 50MBPS to 100MBPS speed.
They were specialised teams for the management of data over the cloud and servers. The practice has been added so that students have access to classes 24/7.
Subscription to Softwares like Zoom, mike, camera, headphones were purchased immediately to aid faculties in the delivery of lectures.
Will international business as a career domain get a boost in the post-pandemic world that is more connected?
The answer would be a Yes and a No. Yes, all the activities involving human interaction would see a drastic change with more machines. Specifically, the use of AI would increase in International business. I see new career opportunities in technology services, home entertainment, hospitals, cybersecurity, e-commerce, package pick-up and delivery services, and medical equipment suppliers. However, I would also say a No because, with the change in business models, there will be a noticeable change in the customer preference, which now would be exposed to more choices. Still, an absence of knowledge would require more skilled people to guide the customers, design new business operations, and set new enterprise objectives.
Which are the areas of research that interest you the most and those on which you have provided guidance to scholars?
Research is an undying passion for any educator, which is the same with me. I have a zeal for uncovering knowledge in all fields about my education by my special interest: Supply Chain Management, International Entrepreneurship, and International Finance.
If we talk about sustainability goals, how have they impacted businesses across the globe?
A physical disaster has not hit the world but a Covid-19 economic catastrophe. There are no two opinions that businesses worldwide have been impacted irrespective of which economy one belongs to. Further is to develop sustainable elements that improve well-being, such as income, job quality, housing, and health. The short-term stimulus would not be effective, but a broader environment for sustainable growth is essential.
You have taught and provided career guidance to students for more than a decade. What advice would you give to our young readers when it comes to leadership qualities and choosing a career path?
Education’s ultimate goal is to produce good citizens with a global perspective. We must prioritise the ‘learner’ in our educational policies, programmes, and practices to do this. Accordingly, our educational institutions should transform into “Centres of Knowledge and Skills” that meet students’ intellectual, physical, and emotional demands. Through education, we should also instil the importance and necessity of a balanced ecological, community interdependence, and local and global cultural values and ethos.
We must fine-tune and adjust present procedures to achieve these broad objectives. Educational reform does not imply trashing what we’ve built up to this point. Instead, it entails implementing required adjustments to existing policies, procedures, and programmes to create a more sustainable education system that is inexpensive, accessible, and relevant to the context in which learners must always thrive.
Schools and colleges must integrate their curricula with the social and economic life of the community around them and form a partnership with them to fundamentally transform the existing model to improve learning, engagement, well-being, and a more profound sense of integration into larger community ecosystems. Policymakers should empower institutions to develop curricula that meet local and global needs. We must equip educational leaders with the administrative and governance skills necessary to facilitate future and action-oriented dialogue, infused with the energy of youth and the well-being of communities, which is critical to achieving long-term educational transformation.
We should not educate the heart as we speak volumes about community partnerships, technology integration, and other topics. Human components such as emotional well-being should be prioritised in our courses. Physical activities, games, sports, and cultural and literary events and community service initiatives should all be available at all levels of education. These will provide sufficient opportunities to develop problem-solving, stress-management, and cooperation skills, as well as options to appreciate campus life. Integration of heritage and all-faith religious education is also necessary for students to adapt to and appreciate people from all origins.