Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) and Henley Business School, UK, have agreed to collaborate to conduct short-term courses at ASCI besides incorporating the modules of Henley Business School in ASCI’s regular Management Development Programs. In coming days the two excellent institutions will launch an MBA Program with twinning arrangement with specialization in family-run business and real estate to start with.

The Dean of the Henley Business School, Prof. John Board and the ASCI Director General Mr. Ravi Kant jointly declared that both the institutions would enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) soon. Both of them signed the record note of discussions in the presence of the ASCI’s Court of Governors’ Chairman, Mr.K.Padmanabhaiah and the Associate Dean (International) of the Henley Business School Prof. Adrian Bell at a brief ceremony at ASCI’s Bella Vista campus on January 13, 2016.

Prof. John Board described ASCI as “a fraternal partner” and said: “It is a great pleasure to be here in ASCI. I look forward with eagerness for many years of fruitful collaboration.” He also said that the Henley Business School is ranked second among full-time MBA programs and 22nd in World rankings.

The Henley Business School was formed by merging the previously independent Henley Management College, formerly known as Administrative Staff College at Henley-on-Thames, UK, with the existing Business School of the University of Reading.

It may be recalled that a committee of the All India Council for Technical Education, in 1953, recommended that Administrative Staff College be established in India. After considering various models, it was decided to set up a College on the lines of the Administrative Staff College at Henley-on-Thames in England. Sir Noel Hall, the Principal of the College from 1946 until 1961, visited New Delhi in 1954 and took part in the preparatory meetings.

The visiting Professors John Board and Adrian Bell were thrilled to see the old photograph of their College former Principal Sir Noel Hall in the Photo Museum of ASCI’s Bella Vista campus. “Our discussions with the Henley Business School Delegation were highly satisfactory. We have explored the possibility of having collaborations during our discussions,” the ASCI Chairman Mr. K.Padmanabhaiah said.

The ASCI’s Dean of Training Programs, Prof. Usha Ramachandra and the Dean of Research Studies, Prof. Nirmalya Bagchi, also interacted with the Henley Business School team.