Sathe Transforms MILS Quietly And Surely
That was a pleasant surprise for me. I entered my Institute, known to the world as MILS or Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies although the name was changed to an impossibly long ‘Late Narayan Meghaji Lokhande Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies’ a few years ago. (And my friend Dipak Gadekar corrected me by pointing out that the word ‘Late’ was dropped recently. Thanks Dipak. Changes at the institute were only for namesake!) That was the only change that Institute has witnessed in recent times! Fifty years ago, when I passed out of the Institute, it was called ‘Bombay Labour Institute’ which later was renamed ‘Maharashtra Institute of Labour Studies.’
Nothing else changed. The old classrooms, the outdated furniture, the faculty – everything remained unchanged. The library was not well arranged, and the offices of the faculty were in bad shape.
The proud alumni of the institute had given up on changing anything at the Institute till Mr. Sathe arrived. Mr. Shashank Sathe. He was posted as the Director of the Institute and slowly but surely things started changing. The pace of change has picked up.
Mr. Shashank Sathe got the alumni to work for transformation of the Institute. The ever-willing alumni sprung in action. They organized a series of lectures on the latest topics and subjects. The alumni-lecturers covered many subjects which were not in the syllabus (but should have been) and they also covered many other subjects in greater depth. Then they arranged a development center for the students. The quality of inputs skyrocketed.
(Mr Shahank Sathe, Director)
Mind you that this is a Government Institute affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It’s a double whammy for changing anything. Sathe, the Director, focused on what could be changed immediately. And he did it quietly. The result: Placements have shown steep improvement. That’s the indication that the industry has noticed the positive changes.
Now he has transformed the class rooms. With the latest furniture. Facilities. And the class rooms are air-conditioned! Freshly painted, and attention is paid to acoustics. (Oh, how I envy the students!!).
He transformed the dingy library. They have given a facelift to the entrance.
And now Mr. Sathe has turned his attention to the syllabus which needed upgradation. Alumni stepped in. They had formed a committee which worked but later it needed revival, which was not difficult under Mr. Sathe’s guidance. They prepared detailed report on the proposed changes to the syllabus.
Sathe invited a group of alumni to advise him on the changes to the syllabus. Hopefully he with his inimitable way, will get approved from the powers that be.
The recent events show how a leader can transform an old institution. The job is not yet complete, but he is on the roll and ‘all the universe will conspire’ to help him achieve it!
Among the subjects in the syllabus is ‘Leadership.’ Students of MILS (sorry, NMLMILS!) do not have to go too far to see a leader in action!
We are proud of you, Sir! Wishing you all the best, Mr. Sathe.
Vivek S Patwardhan
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
Truly inspiring and mindful.
Kudos on sharing this transformation story
Mr Sathe has done a commendable job and with involvement of outstanding Alumni It again proves the point that system is not an obstacle …people make the difference
The institute and students deserved a good deal …it is heartening to see it happening
I am tempted to visit the Institute again in the new avatar
Thanks for sharing another good story 😀
All of us can make positive changes. We have to have the will
Vivek,so succinctly & beautifully articulated!Decades of inertia and then comes this modest bureaucrat who has nothing bureaucratic about his style, as he goes about involving alumni, faculty to engineer an unimaginable shange in a short span! And the results are showing ‘in the proof of pudding’- placements at hitherto never achieved starting CTCs on par with many fairly good Management Schools !I will just repeat what I had said in an earlier post :
It takes one man with vision & determination to change the face of nations & institutions ! There are numersous examples in different walks of life which prove this – from Mahatma Gandhi to Nelson Mandela to TN Sheshan to Manmohan Singh to Julio Rebeiro and so many others !
Shashank Sathe Sir in his short tenure so far has driven changes on multiple fronts & at multiple levels, after decades, single handedly ! Greatly admire your commitment & spirit!
Take a bow Mr Shashank Sathe !
You’re so apt on this Vivek, I admire your sight and couldn’t have agreed more to this….I have visited the Institute few months back when I volunteered for the Assessment centers and had a chance to interact with Shanshank Sir and I must admit I have never been so impressed with anyone working with a government organisation ever….He has to be appreciated and looked upto for the great work he has done with the Institute in such a short span. I feel so proud about what the students are able to witness now.
There are leaders and there are babus. Babus move papers from in tray to out tray and take home salaries & later on pensions. You have presented here what leaders do and can do. Hats off to Mr. Shashank Sathe.
Very well articulated and due credit given to the one and only Shri Sathe who has really turned around the things atbthe Institute. Kudos to him for what he has done, and to you to have shared this with the world at large 👏
That’s inspiring to see Mr. Shashank Sathe bring in a total turnaround.
I did interact with him for sometime and saw him to be an exemplary leader with a lot of gumption and conviction. He left no stones unturned to align everyone including the faculty and the alumni together, and the result is TRANSFORMATION for all to see.
Kudos and Salutations to you Sathe Sir for the excellent work done and the work you are continuing to do,thus leaving a legacy for others to build this institution, my Alma Mater.
And my Salutations to my Guru Patwardhan Sir for penning the achievements of a leader, thus inspiring several others to emulate Mr.Sathe.
Very well said. The drive and the commitment shown my Mr Sathe is compelling. Work that we as team started pre covid, I am so happy is now soon to be a reality, thanks to his efforts and push. A true leader, passionate for larger good
Great work Sathe Sir ,we are have great respect and regards for our institute. Whatever I have achieved in last 40 years in HR .l owe it to MILS.Shthe sir you have brought the glory to our institute.Thanks once sgain
Aptly articulated write up sir. It is remarkable to see transformation at our alma matter and it is possible under leadership of Sathe sir. Kudos to his leadership 👏 and thanks to you for putting up this write up.
Well penned the change Sir. It’s refreshing and the institute is smelling the fragrance of renewal! Long live the change in continuum 😊
For inclusive development contribution of Institute and it’s focused director is commendable.
What a Commendable job.. very inspiring…
There was a need to someone to take a lead with a Torch in a Hand to Transform our dear institution which gave us our today’s status.
I truly appreciate Mr.Sathe’s determination and “Dhyaas” to bring a change.Increditable.Hattsoff to him.
Your article is apt and really proud to read your words.Thank you so much.
Very nice article and hats 🎩 off to Shri Sathe.
Thank you so much Vivek to take this journey to all fraternity.
Dr.Sathe’s “change”mantra was highly required at our institute.As said by you he is a true leader.
I am tempted to visit my institute.
Your Pen is a Powerful positive influencer Sir!
Great example of leadership in action bring positive change in its wake
Excellent write up on leadership in action! Kudos to the grit and determination of Sathe Sir!
I’m proud to be an Alumni of this Institute. (MLS – 1982-84). The efforts of Dr. Sathe Sir are really commendable. I offer myself to the Institute for any kind of assistance required at any stage, which I could provide. Also thanks to Dr. Patwardhan for his write-up informing of the positive transformation our erstwhile MILS is undergoing.
Thanks Mr Patwardhan for bringing out this amazing story to the attention of all of us. Impressively presented.
Many congratulations to Sathe sir. What many others thought was unimportant and impossible you have swiftly and silently done it. The results are here to experience. Kudos to you!
I’m fortunate enough to experience some of the changes and I’m excited to see what comes next. Sathe Sir has been working relentlessly. Indeed it is his positive energy that is bringing in more positive energy in for all of us.
Thanks for writing a wonderful blog post Vivek Sir.
Very well written sir
True inspiring story of how to drive change through leadership
High Regards for Sathe Sir . ” A leader should LEAD” .
Thank you Vivek Sir for your appreciative write -up .
Stay Blessed 🙏
Yunus Khan, MLS 1999-01 Batch Alumni
It was indeed a sence of Feel Good to learn about the efforts taken up in face lifting exercise by Mr Shashank Sathe sir which inclined me to make visit to the institute. The efforts from bureaucrats are inspiring and appreciable.Moreever it is further admirable that under his leadership the inclusive approach and efforts by Alumni is in process to make some positive changes in syllabus to cope up and / or match up with other primium academic institutes which is long awaited and need of the day. Kudos to each and everyone who has actively participated in this mission.!!!
Reading through the article aspire me to visit MIlS after all it’s Very well articulated Vivek Ji.Transformation can be seen through some recent pictures, placements and most important on the thought process.our wishes and support with Sathe Sir in the journey.
Proud of you my Dear Friend Shashank. You have always proved to be a “silent doers”. Keep it up and Best Wishes.