Congratulations Professor Jagdeep Chhokar & ADR Team for Indian of the Year Award for Public Service!

The students, staff, faculty, alumni and Director Prof. Janat Shah extend heartiest congratulations to Professor Jagdeep Chhokar & ADR Team for bagging the Indian of the Year Award for Public Service.

Top-grade Management education is not only the indispensable need of the growing complexities of corporatization, but blue-ribbon management graduates can also bring in a structured and efficient functioning in the other organizations of our society. And our Director Sir ensures that the students of IIMU are trained by the best faculties by time and again adding eminent Professors on board who strengthen the social responsibility, uniqueness and transformation fundamentals of the students.

There is a uniquely eclectic and awe-inspiring method in Professor Jagdeep Chhokar’s modus operandi of conducting classes. His vast experience, diverse educational background, interests, affiliations and rich cross-cultural exposure bring out elysian words from the man forcing students to think out of the box and break the shackles of single and narrow minded approach of forming opinions.

Bywords like “A fish is the last one to know about water” and “Customer loyalty is a hoax” come in a perennial flow in the classes when he informs the practices that have been shaped into the functioning of existing organizations and the challenges prevalent in them along with the ways they have been or should have been dealt with. “Even the notion of time has different significance across different cultures” was the adage with which he began a class to explain how the budding managers should stop being influenced by the western world and their methods and cease the approach of inculcating the customized western techniques in Indian business scenarios. India as the biggest democracy has its own set of problems, and the way they have been handled has been fairly good keeping in mind the volume of challenges that were laid in front. And finally, the last class’s gem, “Expect, accept and respect differences” was the perfect one for ending the amazing experience of the sessions on an intellectually enriching high note. According to him, by broadening our aspirational space and reflecting upon our strengths, we can work towards the betterment of the society in our own way by streamlining our target and yet not being too radical in the formulation of new insights.

Professor Jagdeep Chhokar’s hunger for knowledge, decorum, sharp observational skills, pragmatic thoughts and the outstanding work, he and his team have been doing for the Indian democracy is an inspiration and motivation for everyone not to mention the students of IIMU. Such decorated teachers and great mentors are the real honour and insignia of IIMU.

We sincerely hope that he continues to nurture the future batches of IIMU with his body of knowledge and he and his team win many more such prestigious awards for the excellent work they are doing for strengthening the Indian democracy. Congratulations and proud of you Sir!

(Professor Jagdeep S. Chhokar is a teacher/trainer, researcher, and advisor in management, a lawyer, a citizen activist, and a birdwatcher and naturalist.


A Ph.D. in management and organizational behaviour from Louisiana State University (USA), an MBA from Delhi University, Graduate Engineer from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (London) and the Institution of Production Engineers (London), and LL.B. from Gujarat University, he taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for 22 years from 1985 to 2006. He was also Director In-charge and Dean at IIMA. Before that he worked with the Indian Railways in a number of engineering and managerial positions for 12 years, and as an international marketing manager in a public sector company for four years.

He is one of the founding members of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an organization which works in the area of Electoral and Political reforms.

His association with IIMU dates back to the first batch since when he is taking Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour classes for the PGP students.

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IIM Udaipur gets a taste of Ornithology

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur saw its students developing a new hobby, ‘Exploring the art of birding’ in the green hills of Udaipur, well known as the ‘Venice of the East’.  The lake city offers rewarding bird watching opportunities which the students attempted to make full use of by organizing a birding trip on a fine Sunday morning.

The day started early at 6:30 am despite the winter chill, with everyone coming in jackets and monkey caps. The bird watching trail was set in the lush green area of IIM Udaipur Campus. The guide for day was Prof. Jagdeep Chhokar, an avid bird watcher.  He was a Dean at IIMA and currently is a visiting faculty at IIM Udaipur. He has been a fan of Salim Ali books, famously known as the “Birdman of India”. Books written by him were carried on the way to gain insights. Other companions were a set of binoculars and cameras.


Students of IIM Udaipur who were passionate about nature walks and photography turned up to enjoy the bliss of bird watching. Winter is by far the best season for bird watching in Udaipur. Udaipur hosts more than 500 species of birds including the Grey Heron, Steppe Eagle, Painted Snipe and many more.


The group saw 14-15 species including Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus), Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer), Asian Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradise), Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda), Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus), Indian Blue Robin (Luscinia brunnea), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) and many more.

The lush green campus also supports a pond which gave an opportunity to observe water birds. “It was great to be a part of the group. The hardest part about bird watching is to spot the birds. You’ll have birds all around you. You could hear them, you can see the trees move, but you won’t be able to spot them. You have to be patient, very patient,” said one of the students.


Prof. Chhokar helped students understand how to make the best of bird watching by giving them tips on the science of Ornithology. Another student who was thrilled by this experience said, “Professor Jagdeep Chhokar is the best man you can go bird watching with. He knew almost all the birds. He taught us everything from how to spot the birds, what to do and what not to do while bird watching. He knows a lot about birds. His knowledge in this domain is extra ordinary.”

IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur made sure none of these rare moments were missed and captured them for those who missed this opportunity. The day ended at 9:30 am with loads of photos and memories.

Photographs of the excursion can be viewed on the Facebook page of IRIS.