The most important resource of any institution is the faculty members who impart knowledge and skills to the students and are also a value addition because of their roles as administrators. In order to improve upon the quality of this rich human capital, development programmes are organized and one such symposium was conducted by the Department of Business Administration of T John College. The main thrust of the programme was to develop the faculty on instructional technology, professional development that emphasized on their responsibilities as educators, mentors, researchers and administrators.

The theme of the one day programme was “Organizational unlearning to learn new teaching methodologies”. Organizational learning is the key to enhanced productivity, performance and efficiency. Newer and better knowledge is created, retained and transferred for the best possible application. The theme of “Organizational Unlearning”, for this Faculty Development Programme is centered around the adoption of appropriate and relevant methodologies which are so critical for survival, sustenance and success. The scientific importance of the subject has great relevance in this technology driven era, that unlearning to learn updated and latest applications is unavoidable. This has special significance to individuals who can become antiquated and the company may turn them out. The fundamental aim of this one day programme is to impart fresh thoughts into the complex phenomenon called organizational change.  

The FDP was organized keeping in mind the changing demands and requirements of the profession and the resource people, the best in the industry have been handpicked to give us valuable insights and bring about the desired change.

The programme drew participants from across different colleges in and around Bengaluru such IFIM, Jain, Christ, Adarsh college and also from neighbouring states. The official host for the day was Ms. Sandhya who welcomed the august gathering in her usual charming style. The event had our esteemed Principal Dr. Shikha Tiwari welcoming the guest speakers and the delegates from different colleges. She eloquently spoke on the need and the importance of such programmes. She was felicitated by the department for being featured in the prestigious Forbes magazine as the Best Peoples Manager. Dr.Kiran Vazirani, head of the department presented her with a memento.

The first session was handled by Ms. Ashwini N V, educationist, champion of child welfare and a powerful orator. She manages the “Muktha Foundation” that works for the welfare of children. She had the audience captivated with her scintillating talk on the theoretical constructs of learning the desired and the unlearning of the not so useful components. Her talk was an eclectic mix of various models of learning and personal anecdotes. The lecture pivoted on the crucial matrices of different levels of learning and the impact of understanding the hierarchy of Bloom’s taxonomy.

The session came to an end with a Q&A that had the audience interacting well with their thoughts and opinions.

A sumptuous lunch followed the first session and thereafter, the second speaker Mrs. Indira Ramaswamy spoke on the practical interpretations of the constructs. She is an academician with glorious years of experience, an author as well as a corporate trainer. The session had lot of real life examples and the challenges faced by the teachers in executing and implementing the tasks.

The valedictory session had Mr.Arunkumar R proposing the vote of thanks. The participants took home rich experiences of the FDP and the feedback received from them goes on to prove that such programmes make a massive impact and provide insights into the growth and career of a teacher.  

The programme convenors were Ms. Sunita Ramaswamy and Dr. Lakshmi S R and here some snippets of the event.