There is a real shortage of qualified Product Managers and Product Leaders in India. Whenever this topic comes up for discussion, there are various reasons and explanations thrown around for why this big gap exists, but I'm glad to see that someone is finally doing something about it!
The Institute of Product Leadership is coming up with a program for technology professionals that want to grow in the area of product leadership. It'll be like a B-School, but focused entirely on technology, products and thought leadership.
"The Institute of Product Leadership was formed in conjunction with Executive Product Industry Council (EPIC) to design and deliver a program for senior product professionals to accelerate their transformation from building innovation to productizing it in the global context and that of emerging markets", says Pinkesh Shah, Director at the Institute. The program, called Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Product Leadership (EPGDPL), is designed specifically for technology professionals and delivered by industry practitioners, global senior executives, and world class faculty. The intent is to go beyond skill building and knowledge enhancement into ultimately creating an experiential learning for senior technology professionals. This is not only relevant and actionable in their current role, but ultimately accelerates their growth personally and professionally.
The program has some interesting features:
Personally, I think this is a great idea! Traditional B-Schools, which have a more generic approach to managing businesses have not been able to plug the shortage of supply of product leaders that can think about technology, products and businesses in a holistic manner. Having a structured way to think about products, about how to build and launch them is a skill that every technology entrepreneur needs in their arsenal.
This is certainly a unique program in India, and I'm curious to find out more about it. "India’s first business school that focuses on Product Leadership", as they're positioning themselves, is conducting an info session on the 23rd of June in Bangalore. If you're a technology professional interested in this area, you should definitely check this out!