Professor PM Shingi was engaged in teaching and research for more than three decades (1971-2004) at IIMA. Prof PM Shingi was the Officiating Director of the institute from September 1, 1996 to April 8, 1997. He was also a former Dean and Chairperson, Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA) twice. He was also the Founder Chairman of the Communications Area at IIMA.
With a PhD from the University of Illinois, Prof Shingi was noted and renowned to have maintained the highest level of interaction with national and international organizations. He negotiated many policies-directed research and consultancy projects, and actively undertook research and outreach activities for the management of neglected sectors of national importance like agribusiness, forestry, water resources, cooperatives, extension, and rural industry, mostly in India and South-East Asia.
The prestigious Agroforestry Award for the year 1997 was presented to Professor Prakash M Shingi, for championing farmer-initiated agroforestry models to the international audience. After retirement from IIMA, he took the lead as Founder Dean of FLAME School of Business at Pune, successfully initiating two field-based courses, Rural Marketing Fair (RMF) and Rural Entrepreneur Appreciation Program (REAP). He also received the Life Time Achievement Award for working on neglected areas of management in 2013.
For the immense contribution to academia and trendsetting research, amongst a lot more – Prof PM Shingi will always be remembered.