Disruption has become a buzzword in India Inc. And a book that pitches a change model to push up the ranking of Indian Universities, titled “Creating a Learning University – A Knowledge Management Perspective” was released at the University by Principal Secretary – Labour & Employment Sunil Palliwal, who had brought about reforms in education in his previous role as the Higher Education Secretary. Mr.Paliwal complimented the University of Madras for its “excellence in research” and “the culture of debate and lively discussions.” Academic institutions, he felt should “teach students how to learn” and foster “freedom of expression but with respect to the authorities”. The role of universities in its “outreach” disadvantaged sections towards a gross enrolment ratio. “Digital disruption” he stressed was the need of the hour.
The book has been authored by an award winning faculty member of Management Studies at the University of Madras – Dr.Vaneeta Aggarwal. Speaking at the launch, Dr.Vaneeta Aggarwal stressed that “Universities must not be ivory towers but incubators of disruptive innovation. The focus of the book, she added, “is to delineate the concept of learning organisation and knowledge management and study its relation and applicability in the corporate world and higher educational institutions. We need to bring in changes in our existing university systems as Indian universities are not ranked among the top world universities. The framework conceptualised in the book can be applied to transform universities into learning universities and corporate training centres into learning centres.”
The first copy was received by the Professor P. Duraisamy, Vice Chancellor, University of Madras who presided over the function commended the author for ensuring that “universities must be content creators not mere content distributors.”
Mr.T.N. Manoharan, Chairman, Canara Bank reviewed the book and noted that the faculty can emerge “not as fuel pipes but spark plugs if what the book advocates is implemented.” Dr. R. Thenmozhi, Professor and Head, Department of Management Studies, University of Madras welcomed the gathering. The function was attended by Heads of various departments, College Principals, faculty from University departments and colleges and executives from the corporate sector.