Details for T A PAI Management Institute

Participant Status

PRME Champion

Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Post Graduate


Manipal, Karnataka, India


Sign Up Date to PRME

19 May 2017

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

Not Available

Letter of ​Commitment (2017)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Sustainability embedded within TAPMI mission:
TAPMI’s commitment to sustainability is articulated in our Mission Statement, particularly via the value bounds which necessitate ‘Holistic concern for ethics, environment and society’, as an integral part of achieving the overall mission which is "To excel in post-graduate management education, research and practice". All sustainability initiatives are therefore aligned with this top-level goal. Student engagement in all sustainability related activities is a given and experiential learning goals are embedded into all aspects of these initiatives.

The TAPMI Centre for Inclusive Growth and Competitiveness (TCIG&C) has been set up to act as the hub for all sustainability related programming and research at TAPMI. The Centre engages primarily with the District Administration of Udupi (our host district) and other disadvantaged host communities along two tracks. The first track focuses on Local Economic Development goals, via systematic study and generation of evidence for public programming, policy formulation support, specific technical assistance in different economic empowerment initiatives, advocacy support and limited implementation support. Track two initiatives encompass direct employee and student volunteering at two local schools frequented by learners from lower income migrant households, in awareness programmes that help change behaviour with respect to waste segregation at source, waste management maternal and child health and various connected fundraising initiatives from existing students and Alumni as also Faculty and Staff.

The Centre was commissioned in 2016-17 to undertake ten sustainability projects by the District Administration in topics ranging from connecting rural producers to peri-urban / urban consumers, creating a skills inventory for the district based on demand analysis, a study of citizen services offered at village council level and perception management, a study of horticulture value chains and opportunities for value addition at the farm gate level, a preliminary evaluation of a Government of India scheme that aims to boost entrepreneurship amongst rural youth, preliminary studies of the state of financial inclusion in the district, the potential for telemedicine practices to serve spatially remote communities, the size of the opportunity in the emerging medical tourism market (including for traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda and Siddha) and the level of overall technological readiness in the district. Approximately 200 students participated in project groups and produced reports under faculty supervision.

The Centre conducted a two-day Conclave on Entrepreneurship in January this year, a major focus of which was strengthening the Manipal start-up and SMME ecosystem. As many as 40 senior management executives from SMMEs and large local businesses dialogued with government officials, civil society representatives, community leaders, academics, members of the investor community to explore ways to catalyse broad based entrepreneurship, inclusive growth, ways to boost the green economy amongst other topics. The Conclave coordinated under faculty leadership, was largely organised and hosted by students.

The Centre also conducted two ‘Dialogues’ during the course bringing together smaller groups of experts, the first one which hosted as many as 40 women entrepreneurs from around Manipal / Udupi to discuss various aspects of running SMME businesses and the special issues faced by female entrepreneurs. In the second edition of ‘Dialogues’ series, local participants discussed and debated, together with leading international scholars and experts from various academic disciplines and accomplished practitioners, determinants of competitiveness, the interesting but stark parallel realities that characterise India and what the likely interplay of certain determinants is likely to be and how these outcomes will define different possible trajectories for India’s economic future.

The Centre also conducted a series of workshops on applying ‘design thinking’ principles in sustainability related projects (mentioned above), one workshop on GRI G4 reporting guidelines. The Centre produced TAPMI’s first prospectus of sustainability related projects undertaken (2016-17) and TAPMI’s Pilot Sustainability Report based on G4 guidelines.

A four session (5 hours) module on sustainability was integrated into The Industry Analysis and Competitiveness Course. This is a compulsory course in the second year of the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) Programme.

Another compulsory course on Managerial Ethics also sensitises students to the needs of underserved communities, disadvantaged constituencies and the need for inclusion and equity.

Proposed Post Graduate Courses / Executive Education

Mini sustainability modules proposed to be incorporated broadly into strategy and international business / globalisation courses.

Within the framework of the TCIG&C a weekend 4-6 month certificate programme is planned, targeted at SMMEs / family businesses in Udupi with special focus on female entrepreneurs.

2-3 three day executive education programmes are being designed targeted at mid to senior level executives from public, private and social sectors in areas such as Public Private Partnerships (governance, financing & execution), Effectively doing business with Government and end-to-end CSR management.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

TAPMI faculty have published several teaching cases on local SMEs in leading case journals / case clearing houses.

Professional level reports have been submitted to the District Administration and are being used by respective departments.

Going forward specific research outputs PRJ articles / cases have been built into the logframes of all follow-up / new projects.

An TAPMI Insights volume is planned based on the dialogues mentioned before.

A comprehensive micro site wil be unveiled in this academic year.

BRILLIO Technologies, a US based data science company, well recognised for CSR initiatives from across their global operations has invited TAPMI to be a CSR implementation and eveluation partner in Udupi.

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