Astudent, perhaps, when reading about his achievements and awards will be dwarfed by the sheer numbers. There are awards and recognitions from all possible kinds of bodies, including an HR Award for 2011-12 by Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) and Indy’s B-School Leadership Award and Bloomberg-UTV Powered B-School Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of education.

And yet, the educator in him feels a little left behind, sine he has become so involved in institution-building. For that reason, he feels he is over-enthusiastic in accepting all the invitations he is extended to speak at conferences, and then is pushing himself to deliver at all the platforms. “It keeps me in touch with the field,” he says.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is Prof Y K Bhushan for you, who is currently Sr Advisor & Campus Head of IBS Mumbai. Seated in his plush office at the campus in the Hiranandani Knowledge Park in Mumbai, he meets his visitors with great gusto, be it a student, faculty member or an outsider. And most often than not, they leave his office with more enthusiasm than they came in with. That is the effect of Prof Bhushan. Always looking at the positives and willing to adapt, even at the age of 77, to be more productive.

One of the most touching things we talked about was the effectiveness of teaching. He strongly believes that effective learning will lead to building of knowledge, which in turn can effect any changes that we envision within and outside the system. He was quite clear – education was all about learning, not about teaching. “We can teach a much as we want, but in the end, only the learning will be effective. Therefore, I have always striven to take my teaching as close to learning as possible to bridge that gap,” he said.

According to him, management education can become easy if it becomes participant-centred. He said, it is happening in a few institutes, or may be in a handful of classes. But he also mentions that it is difficult for Indian teachers to adapt to that style quickly. It is his idea of keeping pace with the times and bringing about internal changes when external changes occur is what keeps him young at heart. It is the sole basis of him being able to connect with the youngest of his students, and to direct and guide them


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