Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur

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In mid-October 2014, Dr. Prabhat Pankaj, Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur completed one and a half years as Director of the institute. When he had arrived at the Institute in March 2013 he had observed that student engagement in academics in particular and institutional life in general, needed improvement. After studying the situation he had introduced a few activities that were designed to promote student engagement. He restructured the induction programme in the belief that the initiation into campus life was critical in setting the tone for the next two years of a student’s life. He had set up a “learning ecosystem” which tried to enrich the formal learning system, and promote opportunities and spaces for informal learning. He had also made the summer internship programme a serious academic initiative, with its own standard operating principles. These initiatives seemed to be showing some positive results as indicated by the attendance data and observations of the faculty members. Now, in mid-October 2014, these activities had to be reviewed and discussion initiated within the Institute on how to sustain the improvements. Would the communication and mentoring approach adopted with the students work as the Institute grew? What changes were needed in the learning ecosystem?

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