Niraj Mankad

“The use of multiple pedagogical tools within a course is the most outstanding feature."

Why I Chose FLAME

Having studied and worked with some of the best schools abroad and in India, I realized that the management’s commitment towards developing an academic environment is critical. FLAME provides an academic and research environment for faculty at par with some of the best schools. The advantage here is that one gets to interact with colleagues from across disciplines and the opportunity to teach and research across multiple disciplines is encouraged.

What Sets FLAME Apart From Other Institutions

Two factors are unique to FLAME – academic freedom and infrastructure. Faculty has wide latitude in their teaching – courses designs, pedagogy and evaluation can be designed by the faculty based on their expertise. The use of case method and simulations as tools are two of many examples of how faculty conduct their courses. Second is the infrastructure. The classrooms, labs, discussion areas and library are well designed and wi-fi enabled so the faculty can make use of online resources in their class.

The Courses I Teach At FLAME

My area of teaching and research is in the IT and Operations Management area.

My Most Eventful Experience In The Classroom

Each time in the class, there is some interaction that one remembers. In one of the classes, while conducting a case discussion for about an hour, I announced a short break of 10 minutes and went for a cup of coffee. When I returned, I was surprised to see that none of the students had moved out for the break and still engrossed in discussing the case within their groups. They were so enthusiastic and committed that the class discussion went on for an hour more!

The Most Outstanding Features Of Curriculum Delivery At FLAME

The use of multiple pedagogical tools within a course is the most outstanding feature. For instance, in the Operations course, we use case method, organize plant visits, invite guest speakers, and conduct video sessions and simulations.

What I Cherish And Admire The Most About FLAME

Faculty and staff quality is admirable at FLAME. There are hours of intellectual discussion that we have as a faculty group and a lot of it finds its way back in the class. The staff is well groomed, polished and well mannered, not just with the faculty but also with the students.