MICA Professor Dr. Pooja Thomas has been honored with the prestigious AICTE Dr. Pritam Singh Award 2021 for extraordinary teaching in management education. The award was conferred to her by Union Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan on Teacher’s day in New Delhi.
The award, named after acclaimed management guru and Padma Shri awardee, Pritam Singh, has been introduced to identify the teachers and recognize their excellence, best practices, and innovativeness in management education at the national level.
Talking about the award, Dr. Pooja Thomas, Assistant Professor and Area Leader – Communication at MICA, said, “I am very grateful for this recognition by the learning and learner community in management education. The AICTE Dr. Pritam Singh award recognizes individual contribution, innovation, and creativity by a teacher as well as the ecosystem that has enabled their teaching, research, and administrative leadership. In this sense, this award is an acknowledgment of the ways MICA has sustained and nurtured its teaching community, given wings to its researchers, and empowered each one at their level to be a decision-maker and ideator.”
Her research and teaching interests include urban visual cultures, cultural analysis, storytelling, and discourse analysis. She has also contributed her research to journals, books, and national and international conferences.
Dr. Shailendra Raj Mehta, President & Director, MICA, said, “Dr. Pritam Singh Best Teacher award for outstanding teachers in management field was given to only 3 teachers from across 1200 management schools in the country. It is indeed a very proud moment for the institute to see our faculty shine and recognized at national level.”
Dr. Preeti Shroff, Dean, MICA, said, “Prof. Thomas’s deep passion for teaching is reflected in the innovative design and pedagogy for management program courses such as the cultural analysis and industry insights, visual cultures. These courses involve Ahmedabad city field study, cultural decoding in management and cultural contexts of identity. As the leader for MICA‘s Communication Area, she also represents rising women professionals in the academic administration at MICA and in higher education. She will continue to inspire us all with her critical thinking and cultural analysis approaches for industry and societal management.”