All India Management Association (AIMA), the apex body of the management profession announced the appointment of its new President, Sr. Vice-President, Vice President and Treasurer. After 20 years, once again, AIMA’s newly elected president, Mr. Rajiv Vastupal, is from Gujarat. AIMA has witnessed a good leadership of Mr. Gautam Thapar and now Mr. Vastupal will lead the organisation’s mission by working with a highly experienced and dedicated team of senior officials that will further help building managerial excellence in India.
Mr Rajiv Vastupal is Chairman & Managing Director of Rajiv Petrochemicals Pvt Ltd, a flagship company of Rajiv Group, involved in various manufacturing products of woven sacks, electrical lighting, panels and specialty chemicals. In addition to that he also heads an agency house that imports and exports the PE, PP & PVC products, being an agency of Haldia, Finolex, LG, Jindal etc. It has offices & plants at multi-locations.
Mr. Vastupal is a philanthropist and he contributes to several charities in Gujarat. He has been a President of the Ahmedabad Management Association and founder member of YPO, Gujarat.
Sharing his vision for the future, Mr. Rajiv Vastupal, President – AIMA, said, “My focus as AIMA President would be on enhancing and building the AIMA brand by consolidating its inherent strengths while establishing new avenues and platforms to augment reach. I would also make concerted efforts to strengthen the AIMA LMA network by increased interactions and simultaneously develop and affiliate with new Local Management Associations.”
While speaking at a press conference at Ahmedabad today, Mr. Vastupal announced the launch of the first computer based test of the AIMA’s much awaited Management Aptitude and Skills Test (MAST). With this launch AIMA has expanded its portfolio and presence in the management domain. The first MAST, held on 25 September 2011 across the country, promises to be an enterprising example of providing a level playing field for management students.
AIMA has developed MAST in consultation with HR departments of many renowned companies, including Maruti Suzuki, Nokia, Tata Communications, Moser Baer, and Max India. The test has been endorsed by top companies including Britannia, Nokia, SBI Life, Religare, CMC, HDFC Standard Life, JK Cement, Parle, Suzlon, Moser Baer, Wills Lifestyle and Triveni Engineering.
The other new office bearers of AIMA include Mr. D. Shivakumar who takes over as Senior Vice President of AIMA and Dr Preetha Reddy as Vice President of AIMA.
Mr. Vastupal shared that AIMA has started the process of setting up a national network of AIMA Centres. The organization has opened its first AIMA office outside Delhi in Bengaluru. He revealed that AIMA plans to set up centres in Pune and Kolkata soon, to have a presence in all regions. These centres will work with the regional industry, Institutes and governments to improve the management standards and practices in their catchment areas, he added.
AIMA has also vitalized its management research service. During the year, AIMA released India’s first ever Management Competitiveness Index (MCI). The study surveyed 200 CEOs in top private and public sector organizations. India scored 72 out of 100 on the MCI scale. It revealed India’s strength in performance and external relationship management but relative weakness in people and strategic leadership. The 2011 MCI survey is in progress.
AIMA also conducted a survey along with MDI to identify desirable workplace attributes among management and engineering students. The survey involved 2170 respondents. It revealed that students value freedom of expression and recognition of performance much higher than salary.
AIMA has developed a proprietary management simulation software, Chanakya, which allows teams of managers to hone their decision-making instincts and skills in a simulated competitive environment. AIMA has trained 6500 people using this programme. AIMA also conducts management games and quizzes for training and evaluation purposes. During the past year, AIMA conducted 10 games and 35 quizzes in 35 cities in which more than 750 teams participated.
This year, AIMA’s Centre of Management Education has revived its management PhD programme in partnership with Aligarh Muslim University. It has also launched e-learning modules of management education content for its PDGM and certificate courses besides adding 23 new study centres across the country.
During the past year, AIMA organized 93 events in 25 cities to propagate fresh management knowledge and skills among executives and management students. These included conferences, management development programmes and workshops. More than 17,000 people from companies and academia participated in these events and more than 35,000 management students benefitted from these programmes.