Dr. B Lakshmi is Professor and Director, Centre for Human Resource Development and Centre for Poverty Studies and Rural Development.
She has served as Dean of Training as well as Dean of Research and Management Studies. Dr. Lakshmi B. was twice Registrar & Secretary (I/c) of ASCI.
She joined ASCI in 2005 and served as Program Director of AICTE approved Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management (PGDHM) from 2005-2009.Under her leadership, the PGDHM was ranked among the Top Ten programs in Hospital Management in India with hundred percent placement record of graduates in leading hospitals in India and abroad.
Professor Lakshmi B. did a two-year (2009-2011) stint as faculty at the University of Technology and Trainer at The Bridge Business College in Sydney, Australia. Upon her return to ASCI in 2011, she has been focusing on Management Studies. She is Program Director of several Management Development Programs (MDPs), In-Company Training Programs (ICTPs), Senior Executive Training Programs, and Advanced Training Programs for Senior Executives in areas of Leadership Development, Human Resource Development, Women Empowerment, Hospital Management, Performance Management, Ethics and Values in Public Governance, and the like.
Professor Lakshmi B. is a regular faculty/resource person in the Commonwealth and Multinational sponsored MDPs of ASCI for South Pacific Islanders. Professor Lakshmi B. has been invited by Initiatives of Change to represent as a core facilitator for the program on ‘Heart of Effective Leadership’ at Caux, Switzerland in July 2014.
Professor Lakshmi B. was Program Director and Team Leader for the Certification Program on Service Delivery Management in Modernizing Government Programs for the Government of Kerala; she was also invited as a team member for working on the research project “Restructuring Kerala State Planning Board.” She was associated with Decentralised District Planning and Capacity Building Project for State of Odisha sponsored by UNICEF, and study on “Situational Analysis of Women and Girls in the States of Odisha” supported by the National Commission for Women (NCW). She had recently concluded program on Effective Leadership for MLA’s from Odisha in partnership with UNICEF.
Professor Lakshmi B. was instrumental in conceptualising and conducting several international study abroad programmes for CMD, MD, ED and other senior officials of energy organisations and State Power Utilities from across states of India in 2018. These programs were supported by Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) respectively. As part of the study tour the delegates visited Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France and Switzerland.
She has designed customised leadership programs for senior officials (in the rank of directors and assistant director generals) from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 2018. These programs also included international visits to China, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand to enable senior officials gain insights into global good practices on organisational leadership. The overwhelming response from the program has led ASCI to design yet another leadership program for senior executive associated with the Department of Animal Husbandry, dairy and fisheries. The program will commence in September 2018 and includes a study trip to New Zealand.
Professor Lakshmi B. is also certified by the Dept. of Personnel and Training, GOI as “Master Trainer on Ethics and Values in Public Administration.” She is one of the 22 Certified Master Trainers nationally. She has been part of the 6-Member Expert Sub-Group formed by the Government of India on Health Care Regulation under the Chairmanship of Mr. Navreet Singh Kang, Additional Secretary & DG (CGHS), Department of Health & Family Welfare, GOI to formulate the new National Health Policy in December 2014.
Professor Lakshmi B. has been nominated as an “External Advisor” under The Research Advisory Committee of State Bank of India for a term of 3 years from 1st August, 2016.
Professor Lakshmi B. received her B.A., M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from University of Madras in Economics, Public Administration, and Human Resource Management respectively. She also earned a Diploma in Journalism from SIET Women’s College in Chennai and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Annamalai University.
Professor Lakshmi did her Postdoctoral Master’s in Hospital Administration (MHA) from University of New South Wales in Sydney. In addition, she earned Graduate Diploma in Education specializing in Human Society and its Environment from University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. She also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from HBO-Sydney, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIIM).