Published On: Wed, Mar 25th, 2015

Prof. Dr. Ishwar Dayal – Doyen of Management Education is no More

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Dr. Ishwar DayalProfessor Ishwar Dayal, a doyen of Indian management education and founder director, IIM, Lucknow passed, away at the age of 90, at New Delhi after prolonged illness, on 24th March.

Prof Dayal was mentally agile playing the role of Chief Mentor of Birla Institute of Management Technology, BIMTECH, Greater Noida since 2012, despite his advanced age.

First full-time Director of the fourth national level management institute– Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, Prof. Dayal, started teaching in 1963 at IIM, Kolkata and later moved to IIM, Ahmedabad.

He also served as the founding Dean of International Management Institute, New Delhi, Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi and leader of UNDP/ILO Project on Management Development in Nigera.

He served several business organizations for nearly 15 years and held senior management positions at Alembic, Philips and Metal Box.

To study mechanical engineering, Prof. Dayal went to University of California and later specialized in Clinical Psychology. He took up post graduate studies in New York and London.

He has served on several Government commissions and committees. In 1990 he chaired a Ministry of Human Resource Development committee to recommend on Policy Perspectives for Management Education.

Prof. Dayal has been consultant to many large organizations such as Power Finance Corporation, Life Insurance Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation, Indo-Burma Petroleum, Air India, Indian Airlines, among others.

Prof. Dayal has served on the Corporate Boards of several organizations. He was Chairman, DCM Ltd., for two and half years, and member of the Board of Bharat Electronic Ltd., U.P. Roadways Corporation among others. He was on the Governing Board of management schools.

Prof. Dayal has published 27 books and monographs and over 240 papers in journals and periodicals in India and abroad.