Unfortunate Demise Of The First Visionary Director SCMHRD

The visionary directory, Prof. M.S Pillai, passes away.


Prof. M.S. Pillai

The SCMHRD announced the unfortunate demise of the first visionary director, Prof. M.S. Pillai. Prof. Pillai served as the director of SCMHRD since its inception in 1993 till 2004. 

He is the Founder Director of SCMLD, Pune. India (Sadhana Centre for Management & Leadership Development) (SCMLD). This institute happened due to the initiative of his former students of SCMHRD and SIBM. Perhaps this is the only institute in the history which was created by former students of a teacher, for the teacher to continue the work which touched their lives positively. In 1993 he conceptualized and established SCMHRD (Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development) for Symbiosis, on offering the opportunity to create a brand new institute free from restrictions (license raj) by Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, the visionary and President of the Symbiosis Society. SCMHRD was started with 32 students in 1993 and in 2004 when Prof. Pillai left the Symbiosis group, SCMHRD had more than 20,000 applicants although it had no approval or recognition from and affiliation to any government, statutory authorities or university. Prior to that he was the lead faculty at SIBM. (Symbiosis Institute of Business Management). There he made the then MPM programme (Masters in Personnel Management) as the third best in Human Resource Management after XLRI and TISS. In the year 2000 or so he headed SIBM and SCMHRD at the same time for a while till SIBM found a new Director.
He has been instrumental in facilitating almost 10,000 of the youth of the country find their path to prosperity and wellbeing. Set up three campuses for Symbiosis. Built SCMHRD from concept (1993) and nurtured it up to (2004) as a unique institution of value based leadership. Established SCMLD (Sadhana ) for ordinary students who were / are not competitive enough to be in elite institutions and converted 1600 plus such students as corporate executives/ entrepreneurs. Now he is in the process of complete restructuring of SCMLD - the Sadhana of re-inventing Sadhana the institution. It is being changed to an institution for developing women leaders of ability and nobility.

“He will be remembered by the students, faculty, alumni and the entire SCMHRD family for his contributions to the college and his learnings will continue to be followed”, SCMHRD management.

As an academician, his style of teaching and educating was unique which earned him many accolades and honours. In his stint as Director SCMHRD, he touched many a life in the most profound way. He was given the status of an “Eminent Personality of India" by the International Biographical Research Foundation in 2000 and won the “Best Teacher in Management” award from the Rotary Club in 2004. In 2014, he was conferred the honour of "Bharat Asmita Aacharya Shrestha Puruskar" for best management teacher in India by MIT group of Institutions. 

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