Chandigarh 16th Dec:- The Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, unveiled a book titled ‘Leadership Behaviour and Employee Morale’ authored by Commander (Dr.) Avikshit (Retired) in the presence of Prof. Dheeraj Sanghi, Director PEC, Rear Admiral Rakesh Bajaj, former Director Mazagaon Docks LTD, Prof Sharda Kaushik, Head CMH and Prof PK Vasudeva, Senior Professor (Retd) at a function held at Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh on Monday.
The book has been written for leaders of engineering Industry and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This book though primarily based on a study of shipbuilding yards, the matter there can be easily mapped and applied to any engineering industry, wherever, MSMEs are a participating.
While unveiling the book, His Excellency applauded the efforts of Commander (Dr.) Avikshit and remarked his penned down experience in the Indian Navy followed by corporate will enlightened not only the students but also professional striving for their career in industry.
According to Commander (Dr.) Avikshit said that the MSMEs being backbone of industry play a significant role in country’s economy. The working of MSMEs has been studied in detail in this book. Deeper analysis during a research work established big chasm between understanding of self and others amongst leaders i.e. owners / managers of MSMEs and workforce. To study the leadership behaviour and employees morale two questionnaires were designed, one for the leaders and another for the workers. The primary and secondary data was collected and appropriate statistical and quantitative analysis was carried out to achieve the results. These were further subjected to relevant research methodology and results were synthesized to reach meaningful conclusions. It has been clearly established that leadership of MSMEs required big time improvement and those areas have been clearly brought out in this book.
Book presents amalgamation of classic leadership theories, their relevance in present scenario, newer aspects and requirement of the hour to strengthen Industrial base of MSMEs for economic progress of the country. It will also go a long way in realizing ‘Make in India’ and ‘Start Up’ missions.
Author studied delivery pattern of shipyards across the world and it was found that all shipyards have undergone massive time and cost overruns in nearly all projects in India. Hence, there was a need of correction. The sample taken in this book has been kept limited to MSMEs of Saurashtra region as that region is hub of shipbuilding activities in private sector.
Dr. Avikshit is a visiting Professor at the Centre of Management and Humanities, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh with more than 35 years of experience in Project & Programme Management, Industrial Operations, Business development & Alliance Management, Planning & Production, General Management, Mechanical / Production/ Marine & Industrial Engineering.
He was commissioned in Indian Navy in 1984 and served there for 23 years, wherein, he spent many years on Russian and German Submarines and indigenous Warships where Officers of Indian Navy were taught on Marine Engineering.
Post Naval service , he joined Reliance Naval Engineering Ltd. (RNEL) where he was exposed to work hand in hand with Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and he realized that MSMEs were backbone of any Industry and strengthening their leadership will go a long way towards better financial health of a company and in turn of a country. He rose to position of Vice President - Deputy Chief Operating Officer. He also did a stint as Chief Operating Officer (COO) with Swan Lng Pvt Ltd at Gujarat.
The two school going children namely Master Devesh Khanna and Ms Naisha Khanna were also honored by the Governor for designing the cover page of the book through their drawings.