SPJIMR DoCC Director and PRME India Chapter Chair, Chandrika Parmar was the Guest of Honour at PRME India North Chapter Annual Forum 2023 hosted by BIMTECH. The theme of the event was “Building Sustainable Development Goals into Business Education: Prioritizing Quality Education (SDG-4) and Gender Equality.” This event, supported by the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations-backed initiative established in 2007, aimed to cultivate sustainability and social equity awareness among business students, empowering them to become responsible leaders.
As the Guest of Honour, Prof. Parmar expressed her commitment to empowering students to champion the PRME agenda in the future. Recalling a previous PRME community meeting, she highlighted the initiative’s objective of establishing four hubs to disseminate PRME principles widely and democratise access. She emphasised the support and collaboration of various organisations on this journey, emphasising the critical nature of future thinking, responsibility, and the SDGs.
Building upon the discussion of growth and GDP, Prof. Parmar proposed exploring alternative ideas for sustainable development. She encouraged students, acknowledging their role as future leaders, to infuse such thinking into the curriculum.
The event brought together leading management institutes and eminent thought leaders in the Delhi NCR region to discuss how to adapt the six principles advocated by PRME in management education to promote sustainability and social consciousness among B-school students and business organisations.
In the week following the PRME Annual Forum, Prof. Chandrika Parmar, Director, DoCC, SPJIMR, participated as a panellist at the International Workshop organised by Yunus Social Business Centre, BIMTECH. The workshop brought together a diverse group of individuals, including corporate leaders, social entrepreneurs, social incubates, and academicians from around the world. The panel focused on SDGs and pedagogy, exploring innovative approaches to learning and engaging participants in management schools. Discussions revolved around building engaged communities and integrating experiential components into the curriculum to enhance learning outcomes. The panel was moderated by Prof. Satyajit Majumdar, a Professor at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Dean of the School of Management and Labor Studies at TISS. Other esteemed panellists included Prof.Sapna Rakesh, Director of G L Bajaj Institute of Management and Research, Greater Noida, and Prof. Kasturi Das, Professor of Economics and Chairperson of Sustainability & Social Responsibility at the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.