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Dr. Narayan R. Sheth (1931-2018) was born on November 26, 1931, and was known as a pioneering industrial sociologist. His doctoral thesis at MS University Baroda, Social Framework of an Indian Factory, was published by University of Manchester Press and triggered academic interest in labour relations and factory settings in India. He joined the Institute in 1969. As director, his tenure was marked by a consolidation of the long-term programmes of the Institute and the near-completion of the original master plan for the 62.8 acre Old Campus. In 1984, the flagship executive education programme, the 3-TP, was conducted for the first time at the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre on the campus. The focus of the 1980s on public sector enterprises, driven to a large extent by the environment at that time, was strengthened during Dr. Sheth’s tenure. For instance, the Institute collaborated closely with the Bureau of Public Enterprises and conducted a few Advanced Management Programmes; programmes for cooperatives, social development organizations, government officers, and discussion on the ‘priority sectors’ created a strong public sector training narrative. For instance, during 1985-86, after 25 years of the Institute’s existence, the management development programmes trained 487 participants from the private sector and 588 from the public and nongovernmental sectors. These participants were from 401 private sector organizations and a significant 390 in the non-private sector. The next year there was a 3-week program on MIS for senior government functionaries of China.
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