Education Leaders Award

Prof. Indira Parikh 50 Women IN Education Leaders Award

Prof. Dr. Vidya Hattangadi was awarded the Prof. Indira Parikh ‘Top 50 Women in Education’ Award on July 5 2019 at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai, India. She has been recognized for her prowess in research and publications.

Prof Indira Parikh is the former founder president of FLAME (Foundation for Liberal and Management Education) Institute. She was the dean of IIM Ahmedabad from 2002 to 2005 and had been a faculty member at IIM-A for over 30 years. Prof Parikh has also taught at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and Texas A&M University. There were many other female professors who came from foreign countries such as Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Dhaka and few other countries.

The higher education system in the country has a big role to play in the development of the economy. It is this system that feeds the need of trained and skilled manpower for the engines of the industry. With the ever-changing job market and industry, it is vital that the higher education system adapts itself to the new paradigms of imparting life skills and imbibing analytical thinking process among the learners. The educators need to prepare them for any jobs that they may take up in their working lives.

The aim of the award is to recognize contribution of female educators in uplifting the standard of education. The female educators play a big role because of their sensitivity in understanding what changes need to bring for future need, setting vision, openness to change and strong execution over a sustained phase. Women are often more naturally compassionate than men. They often have the ability to connect more with students because of their more direct connection to emotion, and they are more approachable.