Usha Martin Academy
“My practice as a psychologist helps me understand the issues, aspirations and behavior of students better, while my interaction with students of Usha Martin Academy helps me evolve as a psychologist.” she says.
To a casual observer, Professor Anuttama Banerjee’s ability to balance two demanding professions – as a recognised Psychologist, and the Academic Head of Usha Martin Academy, Salt Lake - is nothing short of spectacular; to Professor Banerjee herself both these jobs have a deeply symbiotic relation.
Professor Anuttama Banerjee's key focus at Usha Martin Academy (UMA) is HR in general, and Organization Behaviour in particular.
Professor Banerjee is especially intrigued by the application of psychology to make healthier and vibrant workplaces. It is in this context that she lays immense stress on MDP’s and FDP’s at UMA.
"The Management Development and Faculty Development Programmes we conduct at UMA, helps bridge the gap between academics and industry. We are all in a very dynamic era. If we do not change, if HR does not change, the organization will not develop. Two aspects – Organizational Development and HR Development – are both equally important sides of a company's coin. If one outgrows the other they will not be staying with each other. One has to complement the other."
It is this mantra that Professor Anuttama Banerjee brings to UMA. She believes children and young people are far more accepting of change, as compared to the older generation.
"They are born in a different time. When I am with them I have to be updated. If I don't develop, I cannot meet with their need.”
Professor Anuttama Banerjee believes that at UMA, it is the students who are in the drivers seat, leading the discussions in the classroom with Faculty gently guiding them in the right direction. It is clearly a paradigm shift in the way management education is being perceived; possible only when a luminary of the stature of Dr. Anuttama Banerjee is at the helm of affairs.