Dattajirao Y Patil was elected as the president for the year 2012-2013 at the 24th Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) Annual Management Education conference 2012. He is currently working as the director at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management Studies and Research and has 30 years of academic administration and industry experience. He has also published and presented more than 30 papers.
Talking about the management training scenario, Patil said, “There are 4,000 management institutes in the country. Out of which, 2,500 came up in the recent years. The institutes in urban areas are doing well but those in semi-urban and rural areas are struggling.”
“The new institutes are facing problem with the availability of faculty. The government should have thought and estimated about the needs 20 years ago. This would have helped them. However, they have now realised and are giving permissions to the colleges to produce manpower,” he said.
Talking about the AIMS initiatives, he said, “We will bridge and help the weak institutes get support for training faculty. We will also start 3-5 day rigorous faculty training programmes to enhance the skills. We are also working with AICTE and the government for not abolishing admissions tests,” he said.
AIMS has announced the prestigious Ravi J Matthai National Fellowship Awards for three academicians. Uday Salunkhe, group director, Welingkar Institute of Management Research and Development. Shekhar Chaudhuri, IIM Calcutta and E Abraham, SJ director XLRI Jamshedpur were honoured.