MGAIT organizes Product Management Round Table with Industry Stalwarts

  • August 09, 2016

Manipal Global Academy of IT has organized Product Management Round Table with Industry Stalwarts on August 09, 2016 at Bangalore.

Manipal Global Academy of IT has organized Product Management Round Table with Industry Stalwarts on August 09, 2016 at Bangalore.

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Bangalore, August 09, 2016: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, senior leaders from prominent companies across industries assembled at the Product Management Round Table organized by Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT) to build thought leadership on product management training in the Indian IT eco-system. The round table brought together the best minds from the industry to synergize ideas over the Product Management Program, proposed by MGAIT.

The round table aimed to understand the future of the Product Management roles and on developing a program that ensures both an industry-relevant curriculum and experiential learning. Over 20 senior leaders from organizations such as Adobe, Bosch, CISCO, eBay, Myntra, Philips, Samsung, and more, shared their rich experiences in product management, and then engaged in an hour-long brainstorming session.

During the session, the participants tackled key questions around product management: its scope in the IT industry, the competencies essential for upcoming product managers, and its growth in the Indian context. The participants then mapped their requirements of the product managers’ competencies with the proposed program curriculum and pedagogy, at the end of which MGAIT took back valuable inputs on developing a program that is truly industry-relevant.

Jobs in India for product management have grown radically over the past few years. LinkedIn had listed more than 20,000 product management jobs in the last year, with Google alone posting close to a 1,000 positions. Salaries of product managers are lucrative, too, with the average between INR 15 – 20 lacs. 

Sharing his insights on the growing product management space, Anand Ramabhadran, Sr. Vice President, Manipal Global Education Services, said, “Traditionally, manufacturing, sales or marketing heads move up the ladder to hold leadership positions in organizations. However, in the past couple of decades, we have seen product managers attain key roles in an organization’s senior management. Such is the scope in product management that we shall soon witness a wave of product managers becoming CEOs, and our endeavor at MGAIT is to provide excellent product management education to the leaders of our future.”

All the participants shared their enthusiasm towards MGAIT’s effort to build a pioneering program in product management, a field that is yet to receive formal education. They also appreciated MGAIT’s approach in collaborating with industry practitioners in developing the program, and said that this initiative is unique and in the right direction towards creating a skilled pool of product managers.

Ruchi Tandon, Deputy General Manager, Samsung R&D Institute, shared her happiness towards the initiative, saying, “It is great to see an academic leader such as MGAIT taking the necessary steps towards upskilling the new age product managers. An engagement like this will boost the efforts to serve the cause of product management, which is a need of the hour.”

Vivaswan Shastri, Sr. Manager – Advanced Services, CISCO, added, “It was a fruitful meet with thought leaders from diverse industries adding fresh perspectives to the product management field. It is good to see MGAIT looking into this area, which hasn’t got enough attention so far.”

The event commenced with Dr. Yogesh Kumar Bhatt, Vice President and Director of MGAIT, briefing about the endeavors of Manipal Global Education in the areas of enterprise learning – Manipal Academy of Banking, GlobalNxt University, Manipal ProLearn, and Manipal Global Academy of Data Science to name a few, and the transformational programs that MGAIT offers for IT professionals, both at entry level, and for middle to senior level roles. Arvind Thothadri (Vice President – Digital Solutions), Bhaskaran Srinivasan (Director of Academics), Dr. Ravindra M. P. (Advisor) and R. N. Prasad (Consultant) were among the other hosts from MGAIT at the event.