Academy Leadership at IIT Kharagpur
To develop innovative programmes, IIT Kharagpur is all set to establish an ‘Academy of Leadership’ which intends combining the core curricula in science and engineering disciplines with philosophy and liberal arts.
“Based on the teachings of ancient philosophies, this academy will also do reasoning, systems engineering and the past successes and failures of humanity apart from scientific and technical training,” IIT KGP Director Prof P P Chakrabarti said recently in a statement.
He expressed hope that on the fast track as creative problem solvers and inspiring leaders, this initiative would place students of IIT KGP both in their professional careers and within their communities.
Named after management consultant/strategist and philanthropist Partha S Ghosh, the academy will be called ‘Partha S Ghosh Academy of Leadership’.
By the distinguished alumnus, the academy will be seed-funded for USD one million who is often addressed as a ‘creative problem solver’ and a ‘visionary leader’ by the government and industry leaders across multiple nations in the Asia Pacific, Europe and America.
“To nurture leadership qualities in individuals and organisations, under this academy, programmes would be developed to enable leaders of various walks and segments of life to share their perspective added with a global reputation and vibrant self-sufficient one,” Chakrabarti said.
During a visit by IIT KGP delegates to the USA in September this year, The initiative has been facilitated by Ron Gupta, President, IIT Kharagpur Foundation USA who along with Prof Subrata Chattopadhyay, Dean, Alumni Affairs, IIT Kharagpur, led the talks with Partha S Ghosh.
To students at all levels, courses at the academy will be open Dean of undergraduate studies Prof S K Barai said.
“Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam” is the motto of IIT Kharagpur. Essentially implying that doing your work well is (true) yoga, this translates to “Excellence in action is Yoga”. With Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, This can be traced to Sri Krishna’s discourse. In the broader context of the Gita, the quote urges man to acquire equanimity because a mind of equanimity allows a man to shed distracting thoughts of the effects of his deeds and concentrate on the task before him. In Karmic endeavours that lead to Salvation, Equanimity is the source of perfection. The Institute aligns all its activities to serve the national interest and seeks.
To provide broad-based education, helping students hone their professional skills and acquire the best-in-class capabilities in their respective disciplines
To draw the best expertise in science, technology, management and law to equip students with the skills to visualise, synthesise and execute projects in these fields
To imbibe a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in its students
In an industrial, educational and socially relevant areas, to undertake sponsored research and provide consultancy services.