UrvashiMakkar: A Visionary in the Perspective of Transforming Management Institutions


Every woman is empowered and is an epitome of empowerment despite all her imperfections because she is willing to sacrifice her dreams to foster the aspirations of her family. Women belonging to the most marginalized sections of our nation have exhibited unparalleled courage by risking everything to provide education and basic amenities to their children. In their struggle to uphold their self-respect, they are the true embodiment of empowerment.For all that a woman has achieved today, it has only been possible for the insights and the sacrifices of her mother, who was the bearer of a holistic optimization of her personal and professional life. It is from her undying dedication and hardships that women have inherited the zeal and energy to go ahead in life. Our society owes its bare existence to the sacrifices and self-less dedication of such women who are empowered in the true sense.
An Excellent Orator and an Insightful Leader
UrvashiMakkar is an enterprising academician with an enriching experience of 23 years in the field of education, research, training & consultancy. A visionary in the perspective of transforming Management Institutions by her unmatched leadership in Organizational Development, her continuous perseverance in improving Academic Quality and Research Orientation, Building Global Interface, Developing Entrepreneurial Culture, Improving Corporate Linkage and Creating Performance Oriented Work Culture has been instrumental for G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management & Research to reinvent Management Education.
“I look positively at developing an entrepreneurial culture and Global interface to nurture the young pool of talent in India. This vision can be achieved by equipping the youth with management education to grow as entrepreneurs.”
Urvashi, a Ph.D., EPHRM-IIM Calcutta, holds the certification of “Harvard University Leadership Program” from Harvard University – School of Education, Boston, USA. She has to her credit ten books published by renowned publishing houses, including TATA McGraw Hill and more than 76 publications with paper presentations across National & International conferences and seminars. She has chaired technical sessions at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, Universities Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia, IIT-Bombay, IIM-Ahmedabad, IIT-Kanpur, IIM-Kozhikode, amongst other institutes of global repute.
G.L. Bajaj Institute of Management & Research, Greater Noida is a leading B-School of North India offering Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) approved by AICTE, Ministry of HRD Govt. of India. GLBIMR, established in 2007, under the umbrella of GL Bajaj Group of Institutions, embarked on the journey to promote higher education in NCR. In record time of 10 years, the institute has demonstrated meteoric growth and has carved a distinct niche for itself in the field of management education. This year it has been ranked amongst the Top 4 Management Institutes in “Emerging Category” by AICTE-CII Survey of Industry-Linked Institutes, 2017.
Focus on Providing Right Knowledge
GLBIMR, ensures that one is not restricted to classroom teaching, but look for overall development of students. The institute has a unique and innovative approach to management education that focuses on providing right knowledge, imparting the right skills for enduring success in management career and shaping the right character. Not only providing education, but the impetus here, is on skill enhancement, employability & corporate readiness by recognizing the industry needs and integrating knowledge with professional inputs.
Nurturing Corporate ready professionals is the main focus at GLBIMR, for that it does a lot of research work. The team conducts delve into details after every placement drive, to makes sure that the next year’s placements are better than the previous ones.
Personal Path of Empowerment
Urvashi has always had a keen interest and persistent passion for continuous learning. As she embarked on this endless journey of acquiring knowledge, Urvashi realized thateducation is the most powerful tool to change the world; but for that it is important that right people join this sector.The dream, aim, passion & mission have thus been shaped to improve the quality of education system in the country. She had the focus of getting into teaching and mentoring from the very beginning and believes that the teaching fraternity plays an inevitable role in building the nation by providing a direction to the youth to channelize their talent and energy. Urvashi has dedicated a considerable time of her life towards research so that she can work for the betterment of the education system in India. Providing a wholesome, career-oriented education to contribute towards Nation Building has been the true essence of education for her.
During her recent sabbatical, Urvashiwas mesmerized by the story of Michael Angelo’s creation of “David”; he stated that from a piece of rock he discarded what was “not” David to create an unfathomable perfection of a sculpture.
The research orientation made her realize the need of redefining the education system, especially the Management Education in India, in terms of employability to develop an entrepreneurship culture. Urvashi has an enlightening experience as an academician to enable the students to come out of a debilitating mindset of treating the PGDM course as a mere utilitarian concept to earning a degree and help them understand that the institute aims at enhancement of skills for a lifetime.
Inspiration to Undertake New Experiments in Life
Since childhood, Urvashi was strongly inspired by the thoughts and works of Swami Vivekanand. His youth orientation, his teaching and his passion had always inspired her. She has imbibed his teaching in the profession to make sure that she contributes towards the society. Also her parents are her greatest source of inspiration. She has inherited the passion towards work from her parents.
Excellence Awards Earned by Urvashi and GLBIMR
Urvashi has been decorated with the Excellence Award for Academic Leadership to Director General, at the 18th National Management Summit by Fore-Top Rankers. She has been conferred with the ‘Women Leadership Award for Promotion of Responsible Management Education’ by Canara Bank School of Management Studies (CBSMS), Bangalore University, National Women Excellence Award in November, 2017 at India International Center, New Delhi and ‘Leading Women in Education Award’ to the Director General, GLBIMR at the 7th Annual Women Leaders in India & Awards, in February 2017. She received the ‘Eminent Director of Leading Institutes of India Award’ by Competition Success Review for the sixth consecutive year, 2016-2018. Center for Education Growth and Research (CEGR) awarded her with the prestigious ‘RashtriyaShikshaGauravPuraskar’ in 2014. She also received “Confederation of Education Excellence Teachers’ Award 2014” in the Higher Education Category.
Placements of students of GLBIMR have been 100% since the inception. GLBIMR has been conferred with highly prestigious award of – ‘Best Management Institute in Placements’ by ABP News Network, in July 2017, in Mumbai, during ‘The 8thNational Education Awards 2017’. GLBIMR does not just provide placements, but the task is to shape the career of students, which is much more important, than granting them a job. It is more a question of producing quality management professionals with corporate readiness.
Envisioning Future with Winning Streak of Professionalism
In her current association with GLBIMR as Director General, Urvashi has followed the 3P’s approach of Pride, Power of Dreams and Perseverance to facilitate development of future corporate leaders. She feels, that institutions like GLBIMR, are contributing much more to the society by providing a platform for inclusive growth. The elite institutions have become isolated islands, catering to a select few, whose contribution to the society can be questioned. The Institute has a futuristic approach that keeps pace with the changing trends in the professional world through the global perspective and we envision becoming an incubator for future leaders with a winning streak of professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit.
There is a strong need of encouraging research orientation amongst students as well. Research needs to be reflected in the curriculum design since most employability opportunities need the students to implement research instruments. In the current association Urvashi is actively working on skill building process that enables them to progress in the industry in the long run.

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