Mahindra University appoints Dr. S. Ramakrishna (Rama) Velamuri, as Dean of its School of Management

Mahindra University has appointed Dr. S. Ramakrishna(Rama) Velamuri, as Dean of its School of Management. As the Dean, Dr. Velamuri will provide strategic vision and direction to Mahindra University’s School of Management and ensure that it stays on course in its pursuit of excellence in education, research, and stakeholder engagement. He will be responsible for promoting and designing programs that are benchmarked with the best in India and the world.

Under Dr. Velamuri’s leadership, Mahindra University will launch Mahindra University’s School of Management from the 2021 academic session. The School of Management will begin undergraduate programs this session and will soon commence its post-graduate and research intake as well.

Dr. Velamuri is a seasoned academician with over three and a half decades of experience in holding key academic, administrative and industry positions. Since 2007, he has been associated with the China Europe International Business School(CEIBS), Shanghai. At CEIBS, Dr. Velamuri was the Chengwei Ventures Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Strategy & Entrepreneurship Department. In addition, he has held several leadership positions such as the Chair of the CEIBS Research Committee, Academic Director of the CEIBS Global EMBA, etc.

From 2003 to 2007, Prof. Velamuri worked with IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain and was the Academic Director of IESE’s Global MBA Program. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Bocconi University, the Indian School of Business, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, etc.

From 1985 to 1991, Dr. Velamuri held senior managerial positions with Grupo Tudor, Madrid.

Dr. Velamuri has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Madras and an MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain. His PhD in Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics and Strategy was awarded to him from the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

B-schools getting back to business

Mumbai: Leading business schools in the country including the Indian Institutes of Management are reopening their campuses to students as the number of Covid-19 cases declines.

However, with the pandemic far from over, most institutes are still holding classes in virtual mode, where students attend sessions online while staying on campus. Some institutes have adopted a hybrid method where a small section of the students attends class and the rest take their lessons remotely from their hostels.

The IIMs in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kozhikode and Lucknow and the Indian School of Business said they have been opening up their campuses in phases.

“As of today, about 88% of the two-year MBA students and almost all of the one-year PGPX programme students are on campus. The option of coming to campus or not is with each student,” said an IIMA spokesperson.

“Eighty percent of our students are on campus and by March end we expect 100% to be there,” said IIM Kozhikode director Debashis Chatterjee. “We will get into a hybrid model with a limited number of students being physically present in classrooms.”

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s SPJIMR in Mumbai is looking at opening its campus to students in a phased manner from March.

“Currently, our faculty and students are operating remotely… However, we will give the option of operating remotely and don’t want to force anyone to come… we have a back-to-campus committee that is putting in place detailed safety protocols,” said Renuka Kamath, associate dean of Bhavan’s SPJIMR.

On Wednesday, IIM Sambalpur said it would reopen its campus for students after being closed for almost 11 months. However, students will continue to attend classes in online mode.

ISB in Hyderabad is conducting classes in hybrid mode.

“Students alternate classes between in-class and online sessions from their campus accommodation in the hybrid mode,” said Ramabhadran Thirumalai, associate dean at ISB. “Students can also choose to attend classes entirely online from their campus accommodation.”

“Almost 90% of our students are back on campus…As of now classes are happening in a blended mode – a combination of offline and online – following all safety protocols,” said Ajay Garg, chairperson PGP, IIM Lucknow.

Most institutes have made physical participation in classes optional for both students and faculty.

“Those attending physically are expected to undergo a Covid RT-PCR test and get a negative report on a regular basis before they can attend classes. The institute is organising testing for the same and the costs of these tests are being fully borne by the institute,” said an IIMA spokesperson.

IIM Sambalpur and some other institutes don’t allow students to leave the hostel premises except for medical emergencies and those who have to leave the campus for any reason will have to quarantine themselves upon returning.