5th & 6th May, 2014
“God did not create you to be alone. He deposited skills, knowledge, and talents in someone out there who is expected to mentor you, teach you and encourage you to go high…”
A two-day faculty development program on “Mentoring the Mentors” organized by Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur was an effort to revaluate and re-analyse the importance of “Teachers”, as outlined in the above passage. The role of faculty is indeed to teach, inspire, and take students to the next level. It is also proven that having a good Mentor early in one’s career can make a difference between success and failure in any field. Mentoring, therefore, is an important tool that helps us bring the best out of our students so they can reach their goals. With a focus on the aforementioned themes, the two day FDP was successfully organized at Jaipuria Institute of Management. It was beneficial for all who attended, and it offered an opportunity for faculty members to improve their individual mentoring skills, and it helped the institute develop a more effective method of mentor/mentoree organization.
The two day FDP was facilitated by Raj Shankar, Founder Ichiban Consulting Group and an expert on Strategy and Entrepreneurship. The program was attended by Dr. Prabhat Pankaj, Director Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur, and the entire faculty pool of the Jaipur Campus along with Prof. Rajesh Sharma of Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida.
The program was inaugurated by Dr. Prabhat Pankaj who shared the value of having a Mentoring process in Jaipuria and the importance of effective Mentoring in students’ holistic development. He also shared the history of Jaipuria and its contribution in the field of management education.
The workshop was conducted in a facilitative method and was spread across eight sessions in two days. The highlights of the session coverage are as follows:
- Introduction to Mentoring
- Setting workshop objectives- What got you here won’t get you there
- Discussion based on “Pre-work exercise”
What is mentoring? Why do we need it?
Nuances in mentoring graduate students
Building a formal Mentoring Program – 1:
Setting the objectives / goals for mentoring/- Formulating a formal mentoring program on campus
- System requirements for Year 1 and Year 2
- Becoming an effective mentor- listening, Questioning, Influencing
- Building a formal Mentoring Program 2
- Mentor Mentee Match (Structuring groups)/ student orientation towards mentoring/ coaching