For many students of Jaipuria Institute of Management who come from an Engineering background, Professor Lokesh Vijayvargy is a role model. According to them, since Professor Vijayvargy is also from an Engineering background, he understands the kinds of challenges that engineering students face in adjusting to Management classes.
“When I joined Jaipuria Jaipur in 2007, I realised that students were not very comfortable with the Operations course. I began by systematically simplifying the in-class teaching, and correlating all concepts with reality and business. It is my attempt to integrate my lectures with the changing environment and business. I always use videos, CEO interviews, virtual tours, live projects and management games in the class to explain concepts. Since I teach all mathematical courses for the PGDM programme, I focus more on decision-making and interpretations rather than calculation.”
Since he is fairly young, Professor Vijayvargay is often looked upon as an “elder brother or friend” by many of his students. He is known to present a holistic picture of business management. It is for this reason that even those students, who are not specialising in Operations, choose Supply Chain Management and Project Management as electives.
“Beyond-the-classroom teaching can be very impactful. I always try to solve problems for students by putting myself in their shoes. I spend more time with my students beyond the classroom hours to understand them.”
A B.Tech and an M.Tech from IIT Delhi, Prof. Vijayvargay is currently pursuing his PhD from MNIT, Jaipur. Known for his enthusiasm and tirelessness, Prof. Vijayvargay has been instrumental in almost everything that occurs on-campus, the most prominent being two international conferences in Jaipuria Jaipur.
“I was the coordinator for APORS-2009, held between the 6th and 9th of December 2009. I was also the Convener for the International Conference on Sustainable Business: Managerial Implications and Challenges (ICSBMC-12) held between the 7th and 9th of December 2012. In both these conferences, the students learned new trends of sustainability in business through experts from industry, IIMs, IITs and other B-schools. They also learnt how to organise national level events.”
Over his six years at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Prof. Vijayvargay has held various key positions, such as that of Evaluation Coordinator from 2007-10, and the Admissions Coordinator for the PGDM and PGDM Retail batch from 2008-10. Since June 2012, he has been shouldering the responsibility of Chairperson, Student Affairs, and he’s enjoying every bit of it!
“In my experience, students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. The test of a good teacher lies not in his or her students’ ability to answer all his questions; but in inspiring the students to come up with questions that even the teacher will find hard to answer. That is why I am constantly reading new books and searching for new ways to increase the productivity and effectiveness of my teaching. I have attended four FDPs on different disciplines in IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode and IIT Kanpur. Every year, I focus on adding new business trends within my courses.”
Prof. Vijayvargay has published two papers at an international level, and six papers at a national level so far. To his credit, he has also edited a book on “CREATING A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS: Managerial Implications and Challenges”, published by Bloomsbury in 2012. Prof. Vijayvargay describes the atmosphere at Jaipuria Institute of Management as “congenial and professional”, which allows the faculty to make substantial contributions through quality teaching, publications, conferences, consulting project (RUIDP Project), etc. Prof. Vijayvargay believes that being a faculty member at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur is a matter of great pride for him.