Nov 9, 2009
School of Business, Coimbatore
Leading business schools, teachers and students of management around the country are honored every year with the Dewang Mehta awards instituted in the memory of the late NASSCOM chief. The selection jury for these awards that seek to promote excellence in management education is comprised of industry professionals.
Prof. Sudhakar Menon Achath of the Amrita School of Business was chosen this year by the award jury for the best teacher award. “The jury has decided to honor you with the award for Best Teacher in Operations Management,” he was informed.
Prof. Achath has taught Operations Management in Amrita for nearly twelve years. Having joined Amrita after a career in industry, he helped introduce many innovations in the business school curriculum, making it more relevant to industry needs.
“In order to study product development, one needs to also know about marketing, engineering, manufacturing and customer relationship management,” said Prof. Achath. “I tried to bring in this holistic approach to the teaching of Operations Management also.”
Prof. Achath’s students, MBA graduates with a specialization in this field have gone on to have successful careers in automobile, manufacturing, electronics and supply chain management industries. Many have joined consultancy firms in operations and logistics.
Last year, the Amrita School of Business was honored with the Dewang Mehta award, for having the best academic input in Operations Management.
It was recognized also as a business school that encourages leadership as part of the curriculum. Other institutions similarly honored included IIM Bangalore, S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research and Faculty of Management Studies.
“The award is in recognition of leadership, development, innovation and industry interface,” the award letter further informed Prof. Achath. “May I request you to accept the award in person and honor us with your presence.”
Prof. Achath traveled to Mumbai to receive the award on November 5, 2009.
“When I asked Prof. Achath how he felt at receiving the award, he gave a modest laugh,” shared Dr. Sanjay Banerjee, Dean of the Amrita School of Business (ASB). “He felt that the award is for the institution. It is indeed a great recognition and honor for ASB.”