Nirmal Bhogilal



I take this opportunity to congratulate the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC) on this momentous occasion and sincerely wish and hope that Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and the IGTC continue this outstanding initiative of education and skill enhancement in our country.

Batliboi has been a founder member of IGCC and has been actively involved in its various activities. So when IGTC first invited us to participate in their Executive Business Management Programme (EBMP) in January 2011, we had no hesitation in nominating three managers to this programme.

We were, of course, apprehensive too. How would this programme – in structure, content, outcome – compare with other popular and elite management programmes? We retained our faith in the thoroughness and innovativeness which IGCC and IGTC apply to the ventures they initiate, and pushed ahead. The post-programme effect on our first batch and the change perceived in their approach to solving business problems, silenced even the most ardent skeptics in our Group.

What we found refreshing in this programme was the classroom method employed. Most faculty members are senior managers from the industry–experienced, knowledgeable with a hands-on approach. The technique employed was to present a case – analyze it chronologically and in detail. The case itself throws up several theoretical concepts, which are then explained and discussed in detail. Not only does this technique give students deep understanding of concepts, the approach embeds it in their memory, ensuring easy future recall.

In Batliboi, we introduced another practice. The end-of- the-year project work is a compulsory EBMP requirement. In addition, each participant had to present a paper on a topic relevant to a current business issue. This practice gave us a real insight into the efficacy of the course and the participants’ grasp of business concepts. It proved to be a great boon to both, participants as well as executives, from their respective businesses.

From modern manufacturing practices to the genesis and growth of the subprime crisis in the USA, the topics were as varied as they were current and absorbing.

Since the first group of ‘students’, over the years, Batliboi has nominated 12 participants. Each of them has only words of appreciation, perhaps several words, for what the programme has done for them and their performance.

I sincerely appreciate the good work initiated by IGCC and IGTC; and on its Silver Jubilee, congratulate IGTC on its continued commitment to business education in India, and wish it unparalleled success in the future.