The Existence is for a Change
Entrepreneurship and Management Processes International (EMPI), one of the oldest management institutes launched in 1994, is known for conducting an array of developmental studies and projects both at the National and Global levels. \"We were doing things, which were not done normally in a B-School,\" says Gurnam Saran, Founder President, EMPI B-School. Last two decade of operations, some of the major initiatives of EMPI includes, We Think of India (WTI), Mission Innovative India, The GLOBE Project, Indian Quality Management Project, Indo-Korea Partnership, and International India Innovation Program.
To imbibe a sense of social responsibility in teaching - learning culture, EMPI supported an initiative called \'We Think of India\'. It was an unique EMPI initiative that brought together some of India\'s most distinguished personalities to try and create a Participative Public Policy Forum, that synergizes Academia, Corporate and Government on a common platform to create policy alternatives for the government, as also educate intelligentsia in policy formulation for the first time in India. WTI undertook its first major initiative in 2002 on conducting a National Manufacturing Sector Policy competition along with FICCI and Business World. The culmination of the competition was at the Prime Minister\'s residence on May 24, 2003 where the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave away the awards to the top teams.
In 2005, EMPI initiated the annual Indian Innovation Awards under the \'Mission Innovative India\' with the blessings of the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The following year, the Boston Consulting Group joined in as the Research Partner and Process Validator and the awards were re-christened as the \'EMPI-Indian Express Innovation Awards\' with the joining in of the leading national group - The Indian Express. The Awards celebrate innovative corporate, non-corporate, government and network organizations as role models by documenting and disseminating their innovative stories. With this initiative, EMPI further strengthened their relationship with industries and made smooth channel for its students to reach over there. More than 3250 organizations have actively participated in the Innovation Award Process since 2005. So far, 64 organizations have been awarded for their innovative work in different sectors. EMPI students actively participate to study innovation in these organizations which gives them in-depth understanding of how innovation can make a way of life.
True to its logo \'Innovating Future\', EMPI during the last 20 years has pioneered unique professional specialization programmes. EMPI created first of its type combination curriculum of Advertising, Communication and Marketing Management (AdCoM) in 1999, and 2006 saw the initiation of the Human Resource Labs. EMPI\'s Vittal Centre for Management, Governance and Informatics (VC-Magtics) decided to launch \'Research and Business Analytics\' programme in 2006. Alumni from this two year full time AICTE approved Business Analytics programme are placed in organizations such as IBM, Capital IQ, HCL, Deloitte, Wipro, E-Valueserve, WNS, IPSOS Research, and IMRB. Currently, IBM has chosen EMPI as its key partner institution in Delhi NCR to deliver \'Innovation\' embedded, industry integrated analytics programs enhancing thereby global career opportunities for better employments. IBM-EMPI joint programs are being delivered in 2 years full time (PGDM (RBA)), and part time courses of 11 and 6 months durations.
How the Journey Began?
EMPI is a brainchild of corporate honchos and academicians like Ajit Hakasr, former Chairman, Emeritus ITC Ltd, Gurnam Saran, former Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) and Lt. Col. Satsangi, Chairman, CSKM Public School. Both Gurnam Saran and Ajit Haksar were actively recruiting students from IIMs for their respective organizations, however, the duo were not satisfied with the kind of people they were getting from the top management schools in the country. At the same time, young Psychologist and Management consultant Pankaj Saran conceptualized a blueprint to set up an institution that will nurture the giftedness of individuals to achieve excellence. The whole concept gained momentum when Gurnam Saran, who was then associated as MD in an American Consulting group, decided to return and stepped in as founder president of EMPI. Eventually, EMPI B-School came into existence in the year 1994 with Ajit Haskar as founder Chairman and Gurnam Saran as founder President. \"The management education in India, which is started with IIMs in 1960s, was becoming very theoretically inclined. We realized the need of a more industry oriented management education system,\" remembers Gurnam Saran.
EMPI is celebrating its 20 years of existence this year. In this golden run, they have made long list of innovative programs to its credit. Even though much water has flown under the bridge since the inception of EMPI, as a patron who made pertinent waves in the Indian management education, Gurnam Saran says, \"This is my passion.\" People like him and institutes like EMPI are surely the pride of this country.
He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Indian Institute of Engineers (Management), who brings with him a unique combination of 35 years of Corporate Indian and Global Management and Consulting experience followed by the last 15 years spent in developing Institutions of the future involved in Education, Research, CSR, Technology & Management Extension Services. Earlier, he received his Mechanical Engineering Degree in 1957. While wanting to pursue a career in Industrial Engineering and being admitted to the M.Tech Program at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1958, but at the same time having been selected, under the Colombo Plan he preferred to do his PG study in Industrial Management in UK.