The late Dr. M L Shrikant built, nurtured and led SPJIMR for 28 years, seeing it rise under his watch from an insignificant and little known place, literally and figuratively, into a giant of an institution that sits among the top 10 schools of management in India.
As Hon. Dean, Dr. Shrikant worked without a salary and tirelessly crafted new courses and programmes, created innovative pedagogies and focused relentlessly on values and contribution, driving a revolution in the field of management education and setting SPJIMR on an unprecedented growth trajectory.
He positioned SPJIMR as an institution with a difference, noted for a good mix of Western efficiency and Eastern ethos within an ecosystem that encouraged performance with purpose.
Apart from other initiatives, Dr. Shrikant conceived, nurtured, built and delivered the course ‘Science of Spirituality’, combining his unique blend of education and experience of leading business organisations along with his study of the Vendanta for the last three decades.
Dr. Ranjan Banerjee, who took charge as SPJIMR Dean in June 2015, has said that SPJIMR under his leadership would build on the vision of Dr. Shrikant to take the Institute to new heights.
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