Having taught at an undergraduate college for a quarter of a century, Prof. Sunney Tharappan gave up teaching in the early nineties to take up research and development of human resource. He founded ‘College for Leadership and Human Resource Development’, which is the first college in any university to offer an exclusive graduate degree in Human Resource Development.
Decades of action research and training of hundreds of Facilitators and thousands of individuals from educational institutions, NGOs and corporate organizations enabled him to achieve clarity in his thesis on human resource, its different areas and their development. Subsequently, he worked on a definition of ‘Virtual Presence’ in individuals that constitute a base for Personal Effectiveness and Leader Effectiveness. Presently, he is working on a project to discover resourcefulness that may be identified in Fifty Great World Leaders of the Last Twenty-Five Centuries in association with thirty-seven resource persons from different colleges in Karnataka. The learning and development interventions, branded ‘FEEL’, which stand for ‘Facilitating Excellence in Effective Leadership’, strongly espouse non-correctional interventions and participatory conceptualization as strategies and methods of development.
During this year, CLHRD is concentrating on development of classroom leadership of college teachers. FEEL Teacher programme have already been conducted during the first nine months of 2013 at Kalpataru Institute of Technology, Tiptur; SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, Mysore; Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davangere; CMS College, Kottayam; Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad, U.P.; Little Rock Indian School, Brahmavar; Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri, Mangalore, Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar, T.N., DRM Science College, Davangere, Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management, Adyar, Mangalore, Kanachur Academy of General Education, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Queen Mary’s College, Chennai and Maharani’s Arts, Commerce and Management College for Women, Bangalore.
Apart from authoring books he has also presented several papers on HRD and allied subjects at national and international seminars and workshops.
He has been interviewed and written about. His personality is easily summed up by quoting the ‘Daily Mirror’ ofSri Lanka. While he was inColombofor human resource development interventions, ‘The Daily’ wrote, ‘Most importantly, he taught people that the potential to improve and succeed lay within them. He modestly affirms that he is merely a facilitator and a guide. Only a person supremely confident of his skills could make such a claim’.
These lines effectively sum up the personality of Prof. Sunney Tharappan whose quintessential belief is in humanism.