www.siliconindia.com | August 10, 2018
In today’s world, digital mesh gives access to stockpile of information but lacing this knowledge with adequate expertise is what defines a true scholar. A widely respected researcher, thought leader & institution builder, senior faculty member and favourite professor to all his students, Dr. Dishan Kamdar, former Deputy Dean – Academic Programmes at ISB, joins FLAME University as the next Vice Chancellor. Associated with ISB for 14 years and being ISB’s ‘central pillar’, Dr. Dishan supported ISB to become one of the most prestigious B-Schools globally. He will take over Dr. Devi Singh’s responsibilities who completes a successful term with FLAME. Prior to FLAME, Dr. Devi was director at Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow & MDI-Gurgaon.
Making the announcement, Mr. Vallabh Bhanshali, Governing Body member, FLAME University, proclaims, “We are delighted to have Dr. Dishan Kamdar as the second Vice-Chancellor of FLAME University. A reputed scholar in organizational behaviour, negotiation analysis and decision making, Dr. Kamdar brings with him a wealth of interdisciplinary knowledge and global experience, having led an internationally top ranked B-School, which will help strengthen FLAME University’s position as the pioneer of liberal arts education and a University of Choice in India. His career and research have kind of honed him perfectly to take FLAME to new heights by adding deeper research, greater academic rigour and new cutting-edge offerings. We are all very excited to have him”.
A Scholar’s Insights
Expressing his thoughts on joining FLAME University, Dr. Dishan Kamdar asserts, “I am very excited to begin my journey at FLAME University, which has made rapid strides in liberal education in a short span of time. Today, India and other countries across the world are facing some of the biggest political, socio - economic, environmental and technological challenges. Furthermore, the world is getting smaller and the rise of internet, social media and artificial intelligence has created new challenges and opportunities. Tackling these requires the expertise to think critically and having an in depth understanding of how these forces will impact us in the future”.
Further, he continues, “I believe that liberal education will provide the next generation leaders the necessary skill sets to overcome these challenges. Given the emphasis on learning, thinking and communicating via creativity and problem solving and a multidimensional perspective towards issues affecting the world around us, our next generation will be able to find creative ways to resolve issues and more importantly manage adversity. I am confident that many liberal arts graduates will take on the mantle of being the harbingers of change globally and envisage FLAME University playing a significant role in this transformation. I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty, students, alumni and staff at FLAME to make it one of India’s most reputed and respected universities in the next few years”.
Webbing Experience with Excellence
Dr. Dishan recently served as Deputy Dean, Academic Programmes and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Indian School of Business (ISB). Under his leadership, ISB pioneered as the largest student body and carved new benchmarks in its flagship programmes. Additionally, he played a vital role in faculty recruitments, innovative programme delivery, new program offerings and major curriculum revamps.
Commencing his métier with ISB in 2004, Dr. Dishan progressed into leadership roles within a short span and was granted an early tenure, in his fourth year, based on research excellence. Receiving a full professorship, he became one of the youngest full professors in academia internationally. Counted among India’s top researchers and eminent leaders globally, Dr. Dishan has published papers in top-tier international journals and has been invited to various international conferences for presenting his studies. His research interests include work related performance and extra-role behaviours (promotive and prohibitive), knowledge sharing, group performance, trust, voice in organisation, whistle blowing, creativity and leadership, work culture and many more.
A Ph.D holder from National University of Singapore, specialized in teaching negotiation analysis and decision making, Dr. Dishan is a renowned executive coach to several CEOs and a frequently sought after faculty among professionals from the industry and government. Besides receiving multiple teaching awards, he has been awarded the ‘Professor of the Year Award’ five times in the last decade and has surpassed many milestones in teaching, research and institutional governance.
A pioneer of Liberal Education in India, FLAME University delivers premier interdisciplinary education experience and pushes the design and nature of studies to create societal upgradation phenomenon, particularly in liberal education and leadership field. The curriculum includes perspective building, communication skills and competencies, problem-solving skills, creativity, innovation, teamwork and ethics that enable students to meet diverse needs of various sectors. This UGC certified university currently operates under four schools namely – FLAME School of Liberal Education, FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Fine & Performing Arts.