A Management Guru's Views on Education

By admin Dec 3, 2019 - 16:12

Shri Sankar Krishnan is a former partner of McKinsey & Company, who led McKinsey's healthcare practice, initially in India, and then in Greater China. After 14 years in McKinsey, Shri. Sankar is currently CEO of Tesseract Consulting, an independent consultant in the not-for-profit/ development sector in India. He has also served as the Pro Vice Chancellor at Ashoka University.

Since leaving McKinsey, he has focused on developing sustainable solutions to challenges in healthcare and education. He continues to help global clients develop top team effectiveness and also serves on the advisory boards of multinational companies

He graduated with a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from CET (1989 batch), finishing college first, and University third rank across all branches. He also holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, graduating in the top 5 of his class. 

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During his time at CET, computer science was new to India. In 1987 the National Games was held at Trivandrum for the first time and He was among the team of students who took part in the back-end operation helping Keltron make a software for games management. His shift to management too was more of a happen-stance than a planned decision. Nevertheless, was selected by Business Today magazine in 2001 as one of the Top 25 leading young achievers in India.  

One of the things that he noticed while working with people from different countries is that our system is designed around exams and a lot of data. So, we are naturally good at analysing numbers and figures. It is a handy skill and something highly appreciated by others. Yet, we are often vague when it comes to communication, especially when it comes to saying no. 

Shri. Sankar has remarked that the issue here is that we focus on knowledge dumping and exams. What we need to do is make the system more liberal and let the students explore before they choose something to excel in. Courses must employ an interconnected and interdisciplinary approach to instil in students a curiosity to be critical and make them better rounded for the future. The aim at schools and colleges should be to teach them how to learn something rather than throwing tons of information at them.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/education/be-curious-be-critical/article22782507.ece

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