M.V. Pylee, founder director of the School of Management Studies, Cusat, rues the fact that the centre has fallen on bad days.
“It is a fact that the standards of the School of Management Studies (SMS) have fallen over these years. The deterioration started during the time of my successors, especially the 10 crucial years after my term”, he said.
“It was then impossible to look up and re-build the State’s first management institute. To put it bluntly, when you have a head who does not know how to function well, an institution cannot survive. It is more or less correct to say that the infrastructure has not improved after the initial years of establishment.
“As a former Vice-Chancellor, I know how the university bureaucracy works. Nothing moves in a university unless you have the will to do it. I had the luck of having young faculty when we launched SMS in 1964.
“They worked really hard. SMS cannot be revived unless you pump money into the system. Private B-schools have got huge money compared to the universities. But they may not have faculty similar to the SMS. You have to advertise.
“Get the best people on board as faculty members. There are only 16 faculty members now. When I was the director, we fortunately had 23 people.
“The faculty strength should be 30 or more. During my term as director, the focus was not just on adding the intake capacity but to maintain the quality of the programme.
“We had proper planning. Many students of the SMS later held senior positions in the industry. Students from here have also become top bureaucrats,” Mr. Pylee said.