Lifestyle Leading Towards Success
Dr. Upinder Dhar is Vice Chancellor of JK Lakshmipat University at Jaipur
About Prof. Upinder Dhar
Dr. Upinder Dhar is Vice Chancellor of JK Lakshmipat University at Jaipur. Before taking up the present responsibility, Prof. Dhar was Director - Institute of Management, Dean - Faculty of Management, and Dean - Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research, Nirma University of Science & Technology (Ahmedabad).
He was Director of Prestige Institute of Management and Research (Indore) for more than a decade. The Institute was accorded Autonomous Status by the University Grants Commission and attained accreditation during his tenure. He also held the positions of President - Prestige Group of Educational Institutions (Indore) and Professor of Management at NITIE (Mumbai).
Prof. Dhar has conducted number of management and faculty development programs for the executives of major business houses and faculty members of academic institutions respectively. He has also been Guest Faculty for the Management Development Programmes of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Indian Institute of Management Indore. Besides undertaking consultancy assignments, he has authored/co-authored more than 450 publications. Twenty-seven scholars have been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision by various universities.
Dr. Dhar was awarded National Fellowship by Indian Society for Training and Development in 2002-03. He has been on the Panel of Reviewers of number of journals, such as International Journal of Training and Development, Human Resources International, Journal of Global Business and Technology, and South Asian Journal of Management. He has also been on the Panel of Experts maintained by the National Board of Accreditation, AICTE; Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi; and South Asian Quality System. He has been President of Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences Section of the Indian Science Congress Association (2007-08) and Indian Society for Training and Development (2008-09). He has also been Treasurer of the Association of Indian Management Schools for four annual terms and a Member of the Council of Management of the All India Management Association. Currently, he is a Member of CAAT (Committee for AIMS Admission Test) and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Training & Development. Earlier, he was a member of the All India Board of Management Studies of AICTE.
Professor Upinder Dhar is a senior Psychologist and has very actively contributed in developing the students holistically while grooming them as future managers. He has designed number of psychological instruments to help in psychological analysis and counselling of students.
As an institution builder, the biggest contribution of Prof. Dhar is creation of a principle based ethical learning environment in the institution. Wherever he worked, Prof. Dhar created a value based work culture where everyone loved taking responsibility and working with creative excellence.
Presenting here views of Prof. Dhar.
An Interaction with Prof. Upinder Dhar
The one who spreads moral courage
Interviewer : Sir, When did you consciously think of developing a lifestyle based on certain principles?
Prof. Dhar : Right from childhood I was different and I was conscious about it. My peers and even my brothers were different. While most of the children of my age used to be in sportive mood, I used to be in reflective mode. I was very much conscious about what is right and what is wrong. I had a spiritual bent of mind. I lived with my maternal grandparents till 14 years of age and was groomed in a traditional environment. I picked up the positive aspects of traditional way of living. As I grew up, I became more and more confident about my values. I was very much conscious about my language, and the value of politeness. I shaped my life on the basis of certain principles and have preserved them throughout my life very consciously.
Interviewer : Sir, do you think those who follow values have to struggle more?
Prof. Dhar : This is true to some extent. Those who follow some principles may have to face more criticism or may be taken for granted initially. One has to be very much clear about the importance of the principles he or she follows. We should understand the significance of our moral values and should have enough courage to follow them. If a person is determined, he can achieve success while following one’s principles. At times, we may be required to prove ourselves. I have also faced such challenges in my life. For instance, once an astrologer told my father that I would not succeed in seeking higher education after graduation and would not do very well in terms of my career. I took it as a challenge and continued making progress in terms of advancement in education as well as in career.
My personal view is that whenever we take a value based decision, we should not be afraid of the possible negative outcome. We should remember that whatever we do, it should be oriented to selfless service. It should lead to an inner joy of creation or an inner satisfaction of doing what is right.
Interviewer : What are the advantages of sustaining one’s values and principles?
Prof. Dhar : The biggest advantage of sustaining one’s values and principles is that you are able to attain greater heights, because your principles make you very strong from within. To sustain your values, you need to have determination and you should be clear about the basis of your principles.
When I joined Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore, right on the third day of my joining, one faculty member came to me and asked what should be done to a student who was caught while cheating during the examination. My plain answer was that a case should be made. He was hesitant and when I asked him to clarify, he said that the person is a VIP (He was doing MBA in the part time stream). My answer was the same. Before joining Prestige Institute of Management and Research, I had resigned from a reputed government institution where I was a Professor. But I was not afraid of taking the right decision. As a result, a strong message traversed in the institution from top to bottom. I never faced any problem in following the principles.
One more advantage of following the moral values is that you get genuine respect from people in the long term.
Interviewer : Is there a book, a person or an event which has influenced you a lot.
Prof. Dhar : I have always been influenced by mythology and historical characters. I used to reflect on why Yudhister and other Pandavas were more respectable than Duryodhan, why Akbar was great. I love Puranic stories and stories of Panchtantra because valuable messages are hidden in these stories. I like analysing historical characters and learn from them.
Interviewer : Sir do you think that the impact of Western culture on youth is reducing their judgement power and moral courage.
Prof. Dhar : Yes, this is true. To some extent, the impact of western culture is inevitable and youth is most susceptible to be affected by it. However, it is the duty of parents and teachers to provide right guidance to children when they are young. The personality and belief system of a child can easily be shaped during his tender age. When parents maintain strong value based culture in the family, it helps the children in saving themselves from the negative elements of western culture.
Moreover, there are some positive values which can be learnt from western countries. For instance, they are more open to new knowledge and they are more honest in their expression. To quote an instance, I was attending an international seminar on Parent -Child Interactions. An American professor was presenting his paper talking about his Love-Hate Theory. He was using the terms Love and liking interchangeably. Someone from the audience stood up and raised an objection to this. His view was that liking involves cognitive analysis (thinking), whereas love is simply an emotion and is unconditional. He simply admitted his misconception and agreed to make necessary changes in his belief.
Interviewer : Certain things were part of day- to- day life thirty or forty years ago but are now disappearing gradually. What according to you should come back?
Prof. Dhar : Respect for elders. I remember the days when children were very polite and maintained modesty in front of parents and other elders. However, today the youth is highly knowlegdable but is inadvertently losing politeness. Today, knowledge is not leading to wisdom. Rather, it is leading to arrogance.When knowledge gets combined with modesty and respect for others, it makes a person mature and wise. The youth should consciously move towards modesty and respect for elders.
Interviewer : What percentage of one's life do you think a person should devote to one's family, one's profession and to one's country? Do you think that people have made themselves too busy to think about the country?
Prof. Dhar : The world is shrinking into a global village now. Perhaps national boundaries are likely to become less important in future. The people may present themselves as world citizens during the times to come. However, one’s own self, family, profession and country are important, but it is difficult to compartmentalize them. Altogether, what is essential is to be a good human being with constructive orientation and clean values.
Interviewer :What message would you like to give to the viewers?
Prof. Dhar : If you have sound principles in life, you will have enough moral courage and determination to follow them; ultimately the world would follow you. I wish All The Best to all the viewers and look forward to see our youth re-establishing the valuable principles to make their lives rich and worth living.
I would also like to wish all the viewers a Very HAPPY NEW YEAR with an Optimistic note :
That the coming year may witness all of us getting connected to the Almighty
And, through Him, get connected to each other
May We look at each Other in the same way that He looks at all of us
He is COMPASSIONATE TO US, COMMITTED TO US AND TRUE TO US!
So may we be to each other!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!