BRIDGE School of Management held its inaugural session of “BRIDGE BRIEFINGS”, on Wednesday, 11th December 2013 at its first Learning Centre located in the corporate hub- DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon. The evening started with an opening speech by Rajiv Verma, CEO, HT Media Ltd, followed by a keynote address by chief guest Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and former CEO of Infosys and Chairman of UIDAI, who spoke in his address about “Educating the Indian Workforce to drive economic growth.” The program consisted of two panel discussions, “The changing trends & future of Continuing Education”, and “Will technology be a game changer for continuing higher education in India”.
Speaking on the occasion Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and former CEO of Infosys and Chairman of UIDAI said “Today there is a big need for multi-disciplinary learning. Constant innovation and new technology are particularly relevant in a country like India in bringing quality, speed and scale to provide quality education to a large section of people.”
The event was attended by CEOs and HR Heads of leading Indian and International organizations. Prominent personalities attending the event included Prof Henry Bienen, former President of Northwestern University, Prof Dipak Jain, Former Dean of INSEAD and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern university, Prof. Thomas Gibbons, Dean, School of Continuing studies at Northwestern University, Dr Mukesh Aghi, Board Member and CEO, L&T Infotech Ltd, Mr. Adam Gutstein, Vice Chairman, PwC US, to name a few.
BRIDGE School of Management, which a joint venture between Apollo Global, Inc. (USA), and HT Media Ltd, aims to address the talent needs of the industry by bridging the gap between the current skill-sets of working professionals and that required by the Industry.
“We plan to have 50 state-of-the-art centres right in the middle of corporate hubs across the nation in the next 10 years. We have focused heavily on investing in technology infrastructure, and world class content to ensure our students get a seamless, industry relevant learning experience,” said Mr Rajesh Puri, CEO, India Education Services Pvt Ltd.
By offering management courses designed ‘by the industry, from the industry and for the industry’ it aims to meet the education-employment mismatch in the country. Its program spans over a period of eleven months, helping Corporates invest in and retain their talent pool and increase productivity of employees, whereas for employees it is a convenient and time-saving opportunity for career enhancement, while continuing to work, to acquire skills and competencies which the Industry needs. The courses are optimised with an intelligent mix of interactive, online and face-to-face delivery methods, where Global Business and Industry leaders deliver content which is designed by participation of industry and Academic experts on Program Councils.
BRIDGE School plans to organise “BRIDGE BRIEFINGs” every quarter inviting thoughts from the industry on the most relevant topics in the field of management education in India.