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Dalai Lama to teach leadership at IIM-A

December 22, 2007

Sify News
Thursday, 20 December 2007

New Delhi: After Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, it's now the turn of
Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to teach management and
leadership qualities at the premier Indian Institute of Management,
Ahmedabad (IIM-A).

The Tibetan Buddhist leader will take a couple of classes at IIM-A in
January 2008. The exact date is to be finalised soon.

"I think, he will be the first spiritual leader to give lectures to our
students. Both the faculty and the students are eagerly waiting to hear
the Dalai Lama," IIM-A chief communication officer Ashok Shah told.

"His commitment to promotion of human values such as compassion,
tolerance, contentment and self-discipline are worth emulation and
analysis. These are leadership traits and the spiritual leader will help
us in becoming leaders," he explained.

Shah said the Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, would
"help us learn new frontiers in leadership".

For over four decades, the 72-year-old leader has been living in
Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala town, the seat of the Tibetan
government-in-exile.

"In a management set-up like IIM-A, we strive to give students and
faculty fresh inputs to lead in their own area of interest. The success
story of leaders, their perseverance and their approach are a learning
lesson for us.

"This is part of our holistic teaching method and efforts at making our
students think differently and ably before entering the tough world of
management," he said.

Shah, who was recently in the capital to meet people close to the Dalai
Lama, said: "I have interacted with people close to the spiritual leader
and the final date for the lecture will be finalised soon."

According to the Dalai Lama's website, since 1959 "His Holiness has
received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc (including the
Nobel Peace Prize and Magsaysay awards), in recognition of his message
of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal
responsibility and compassion".

He has also authored more than 72 books, including "My Tibet",
"Kindness, Clarity and Insight" and "The Union of Bliss & Emptiness".

Last year, impressed with Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's managerial
acumen, the institute had roped him in for guest lectures at their campus.
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