Aurobindo Pharma, an integrated global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Hyderabad, India, has signed an exclusive MoU with IMT Hyderabad to offer a custom-designed Certified Leadership Programme called ‘Auro Astra’ to its employees.
The Company has co-created the curriculum along with experts from IMT Hyderabad. The course is aimed at providing mid-level managers with skills pertaining to strategic planning, leadership abilities, building resilience and managerial skills.
Thirty-five candidates from amongst 150 mid-level managers have been shortlisted from across functions, following a structured process that included psychometric and behavioural assessments, business simulations and a series of conversations with heads of departments.
The six-month long Post Graduate Certification in Leadership Programme or CLP will comprise four modules covering, management of self, that is, leveraging core strengths and qualities to inspire other colleagues; management of teams, that is, leading developing and supporting other team members to attain common goals; management of business, that is, a strategic approach with business acumen and financial literacy for the overall growth of the organisation; and management of change, that is, collaboration with various stakeholders and adoption of best practices
According to UNB Raju, senior vice president – corporate HR – Aurobindo Pharma, for an organisation like Aurobindo Pharma, which has over 24,000 employees, “it is imperative for us not just to build a purpose-driven company and culture of trust, but also strongly impart and invest in our talent to make them future-ready and contribute to varied mission-critical operations of the company”.
Venkata Chathurvedula, professor & dean – academics – IMT Hyderabad revealed that the, “programme’s pedagogy entails experiential learning activities such as role-plays, group exercises, games, cases, and simulations so that the participants can assimilate and retain their learnings from these experiences”.
The programme which is jointly designed and delivered by IMT Hyderabad and Aurobindo Pharma, will ensure “individual growth and leadership capabilities” and contribute to the organisation’s overall progress.