Indian Institute of Management (IIMK) will organize a 'Gurukul for Gurus'
vowing that "the best of India will reach out to the rest of India"

Teachers, principals, educationists from across India will participate in the three day Teacher Empowerment Workshop 'Leading Schools' in Hyderabad

For the first time, a major corporate - Malabar Gold & Diamonds is sponsoring 200 scholarships and 4 Gold Medals for the promotion of excellence in school education in India for school teachers and institutional leaders

Kozhikode, Jan 23, 2013: With a vision to fundamentally transform the education sector in India, the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), will organize a three days workshop (Jan 2931) Leading Schools - for school teachers, principals and educationists. On this occasion, Kerala's leading business group, Malabar Gold and Diamonds, will announce 200 scholarships and 4 gold medals for school teachers. The objective of Leading Schools programme is to familiarize Indian educational leaders with the world's best practices in creating centers of excellence; understanding self to enhance effectiveness; broadening the horizon of perception and nurturing effective learning in the classrooms.

Inspired by the vision of its Director, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, that "the best of India must take care of the rest of India", IIMK aspired to fundamentally mould education policies that opens the door of education excellence to the underprivileged and un-reached communities. This is the third of the series of workshops, sponsored by Malabar Gold & Diamonds to fulfill their share of what Prof. Chatterjee describes as 'Corporate Educational Responsibility'. This is an example worth emulating by other corporate houses through public private partnerships.

Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director of IIMK who has designed and taught this workshop around the world said, "This workshop 2is a demonstration of the fact that the destiny of our country is being shaped in our classrooms".

"Our workshop is a commitment to reinventing teaching and learning excellence by encouraging schools to move away from the old-fashioned approach of teaching to a text toward learning in context. You can teach a child what is far only when he learns what is near. Technology is fast changing the way the younger generation receives information and teacher's today have to adapt to their new learning environment. Teachers need to be oriented towards the realization that India is emerging as a global power, and the future generation and leaders are under their stewardship in the classrooms of today."

Sharing his thoughts on the significance of school education and teachers, Mr. Ahammed MP, Chairman of Malabar Group of Companies, said: "We believe quality education at the school level is important to build a base for secondary education and developing the human resources in India. We feel honoured with this humble beginning of a journey to support academic excellence in India by partnering with an IIM".

The Institute propagates a bottom up approach rather than a top down approach to building excellence in schools.

About Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Started in 1997 with a batch of 42 students in its Postgraduate Programme (PGP), the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) is on a high growth trajectory today, offering widest range of academic programmes in the field of management education. PGP student's intake for 2009 was 309 students i.e. 5 times in 7 years thus making it the fastest growing management school in the country to reach that landmark. This was done keeping the quality of the programme high, as the Institute continued to maintain its sound placement record, ranking among the top 5 institutes in the country in 2008.

IIMK pioneered Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) for working executives in India. The Institute is today leader in Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) and is the major QIP (Quality Improvement Programme) Centre of the All Indian Council of Technical Education, in the field of management education. A significant step was taken for incubation of a Centre of Excellence jointly with Government of Kerala, which is one of its kinds in India, to help the Scheduled Castes/tribes students overcome their deficiencies in communication, personality, etc. Spread over about 100 acres of land, the Institute is situated on two hillocks in Kunnamangalam area of ancient city of Calicut in Kerala, is one of the most picturesque oxy-rich campuses in the country. A strong fleet of highly experienced and dedicated faculty coupled with the state-of-art knowledge resources and cutting edge computing & communication infrastructure enables IIMK offer a life time experience to the student as well as the research community.

About Malabar Gold and Diamonds

Malabar Gold and Diamonds is the flagship division of Malabar Group of Companies, one of the fastest growing business conglomerates. It is among the most trusted jewellery brand name in India & GCC with over 65 retail outlets and 10 wholesale divisions.

Malabar Gold and Diamonds sells 100% BIS hallmarked gold ornaments, diamonds which are certified by international agencies like International Gemological Institute (IGI), platinum jewellery certified by Platinum Guild International (PGI) and Premium branded watches like Omega, Rado, Tissot etc, with international warranty. As a part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives, Malabar Gold & Diamonds has earmarked a portion of its turnover for medical and housing charitable activities under the aegis of Malabar Charitable Trust. Medical charity, which was started during 1999, is providing lifesaving drugs to the poor and to date more than 2, 70, 000 patients have been benefited.

Malabar Housing Charity, which was started during 2004 with the objective of building homes for the poor and underprivileged, has so far built more than 6,500 houses. The group thus extends its solacing hands to the deserving people through its showrooms throughout the year. It has also conducted many litter free awareness campaigns & projects for social well-being as a part of the Green India initiative.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds has its job portal for prospective job seekers and hopes to create 15,000 job opportunities soon for educated and talented candidates.


Media Contacts:
Dr. MG Sreekumar/ Ms. Meghana Bangalore
Media Cell, IIMK/ Adfactors PR, Bangalore
+91- 9447654066/+91-9742660399 /

Source: By E-mail (January 23, 2013)

Published on on January 25, 2013


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