Research and Teaching Courses based on Indian Ethos


This workshop makes a critical analysis of the need and method for developing frameworks for research and teaching courses based on Indian Ethos in IIMs/IITs, Universities and Colleges. Indian Ethos is a term used to represent the synergetic representation of the indigenous, native and local genius that has blossomed, flowered and culminated in a corpus of profound knowledge over a period of several thousand years in India. Such knowledge has been codified in the Indian literature on polity, religion, philosophy, science, and epics and on many other subjects. Great thinkers who appeared in India from time to time strove hard to synthesize the diverse currents and thoughts to build a unity of outlook out of diversity. The insights from Indian Ethos are immensely valuable for the modern organizations and their management as well as for understanding present-day life with all its vicissitude and complications. In a globalised world marked by sweeping, radical and tumultuous changes (both in organizations and individuals), the crucial question to be answered is the relevance and compatibility of management courses based on Indian Ethos. This workshop answers this question affirmatively. The Indian Ethos characterized by a pluralistic, creative, dissenting, and an altruistic view of life needs to be extrapolated to organizations/institutions. An authentic understanding of Indian Ethos would also help in motivating people and taking economic decisions with reference to cultural context. The workshop entertains a detailed discussion on developing Indian Ethos related courses for management students besides discussing their sources and methods of teaching them. The concepts discussed here and the workshop materials suggested are multi-disciplinary, universally applicable and easily replicable.

The middle path approach is adopted in this workshop while dealing with Indian Ethos which avoids two extreme positions on Indian Ethos viz. (1) Indian Ethos is outdated and of no use in dealing with modern management problems and (2) Indian Ethos is the recipe for all including modern management problems. Middle path approach takes a balanced view and looks at Indian Ethos dispassionately and accepts what is good and relevant and rejects what is bad and irrelevant.

Learning Objectives / Outcomes

The workshop is designed with the following specific objectives and learning outcomes:

(a). To understand and appreciate the frameworks for research and for developing and teaching innovative courses based on Indian Ethos that may be replicated at national and international Colleges, Institutes and Universities. The courses to be discussed but not limited are: Leadership Excellence, Good Governance and Sustainable Development, Human Values and Ethics, Creative Excellence and Inclusive Communication, Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Coping with Stress from Within etc. besides helping the students to become teachers, consultants and entrepreneurs in these areas.

(b). To achieve an authentic synthesis of Western and Eastern (especially Indian) approaches to management by creating frameworks of knowledge and methods of application of the same in the context of existing management concepts and practices besides facilitating the development of a framework for cultivating a global outlook; a concern for fellow human beings; developing environmental and pluralistic religious consciousness based on Indian Ethos.

(c).To crystallize and disseminate time-relevant inputs from the classical literature of India, both ancient and modern, to enrich the principles and practices of modern management.

Who Should Attend?

Student pursuing Fellow programme, Ph.D and M. Phil in Humanities and related subjects and faculty members in IIMs, IITs, B Schools, Management Departments of Universities and Colleges are most welcome to participate in this workshop.