VCCircle conference on Edu-Investments, November 18, Gurgaon, India – My notes as a Panelist

I was part of two sessions, one as a panelist and the other as a special invitee… Here is my notes – Pre-event, during Event and post thoughts…

PANEL

Edupreneurs: Revolutionising the Effectiveness of Education Delivery Systems (How can edupreneurs work in a dichotomic market like India to merge the chasms between the organized and highly unorganized education sector in the country, mainly higher education? Building sustainable businesses is the key to being a successful entrepreneur. How should entrepreneurs and institutes walk away from working in silos and leverage each other’s strength in creating a robust education system?

Panel Members –

– Manjula Pooja Shroff, Chairperson, Kalorex – Moderator
– Bindu Rana, Director, Millenium schools
– Prachi Windlass, Director, Michael and Susan Dell foundation, INDIA
– Gopal Devanahalli, VP, Manipal Global Education, Manipal Group
– R. Sreenvasan, Co-Founder, CL Educate

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Each one planned to introduce oneself and ones work, in short….

My Pre-Event NOTES of CL Educate Intro…

Career Launcher is a leader in –
– Test Prep
– K-12 education – Indus world schools
– Skill education – skill schools

Also through the following entities, CL does capacity building of University and Corporate

– CL Media – Digital Presence
– GK Publications – Curricula and Pedagogy; Curriculum Support & Publishing
– 361 degree – On Demand  Learning
– Accendere – Research Incubator
– Bilakes – Business Incubation & Seed Funding
– Kestone – Corporate empowerment and building institutional Partnerships

Statistics in Numbers

CL – 265 locations, 1.5 million engaged, over 1.5 lakhs more than 50 hours
Accendere – Research incubation, Patenting, Journal publishing
CL Media – 163 institutions trust with us for branding, outreach and awareness building
Kestone – integrated marketing,events, customer activation, training, staffing; 100 corporates, 500 events – wipron nokia, microsoft, snapdeal, PayTM
G K P – 1.5 million books.. career and education
361 degree – largest in India – online enabling partner for University and corporates over 20K learners

Footprint – 20K schools and colleges; 1.5 lakh students > 18,200 hours on our web offerings per week

What CL does at UNIVERSITIES AND INSTITUTIONS

Academic Thought Leadership, International Presence, Institution Credibility

– Capacity building of universities and institutions, learning institutions
– Consulting Visioning Strategic Thinking
– Faculty, Academic development, Research and innovation
– Admissions: Outreach and Application – TAAF Services
– MARTECHING
– skill education
– Incubation and entrepreneurship
– Career Development Center – Employability, Higher studies facilitation

—CONTEXT——- current market scenario —–challenges for the nation

Only 18% graduates are employable in India
91% software professionals lack programming and algorithm skills while 60% lack domain skills
71% lack soft and cognitive skills while 73% lack English speaking and comprehension skills
57.96% have poor analytical and quantitative skills
For core jobs in mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil jobs, only a mere 7.49% are employable


The session was supposed to be on higher-education, but the panel felt that the continuum from school to university has similar challenges and reforms are needed across the segments. Also opportunities and investment needs do exist across. So the pre-session discussion covered the entire spectrum.

Pre-event notes of each of the panelists..

Issues I noted down ..

– Democratization of Learning and its access
– Contestability of markets, access to Universities
– Digital technologies and creating impact
– Mobility and the influence in learning; Global Mobility
– Integration with industry; Industry funding research
– Opportunities for entrepreneurs and Funding possibilities

– Life-long LEARNERS, COURAGE, HUMILITY : Key, How to instill?

Gopal Devanahalli wanted to talk about

– I would like to focus on higher education and continuing education for working professionals.
– Changing learning needs of working professionals – esp in certain industries like IT
– Online courses & types of courses that are relevant to the learners
– The effectiveness of the online delivery model and how to make it more effective.
– Regulatory issues

Prachi Jain Windlass  wanted to talk about the following –

– Opportunity areas in K12 education, college entrance and career readiness.
– Opportunities for collaboration and leveraging the ecosystem. Many of our portfolio companies: Avanti, Convegenius and OnlineTyari are taking this approach. understanding their core and leveraging the ecosystem for non core areas.
– Our experience in breaking down the silos in the govt education system, and the role that private sector players can play, risks involved.

Manjula Pooja Shroff of Kalorex wanted to focus upon
– Changing scenarios
– Integration of k-12 to Higher Ed
– Teaching Learning delivery process

Bindu Rana’s concerns included

– Challenges in running schools – to deliver the intended
– Regulations stifling the effectiveness
– Challenges in setting up rural schools – quality, price point, training, delivery

– Why cannot the government see education as any other industry? With challenges of access and quality existing all across..

  • Promote PPP models across
  • Engage and bring in private partners to collaborate in school and university systems
  • Use technology to improve training of teachers in enriching content, pedagogy and all processes
  • ….

Other Issues discussed across panels – My notes

Is the nation ready for only digital? Is that trend every where?
– hybrid model is the most successful one
– engaging is the key, mentoring, giving the confidence

Lessons from failures? Key to success
– Team with vision
– sustainable relationship within and with customer
– respect with disagreements in board room and among the team members

Skill education went through cycles.. now we are in the third..
A. IT education – 80s and 90s
B. Sales upgradation – 2000 onwards..
C. now vocational? Entrepreneurship
– quality of higher education is lacking
– rote to conceptual learning, how will we make it happen
– concept of job, loyalty shifting
– nature of learning will have to shift
– propensity to entrepreneurship
– learning to learn paradigm

How do we enable learners to face VUCA?

– VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity
– learning, calling passion from within, help others raise their capabilities

Public education….how to revive?
– policy enablement

– Rote to Conceptual learning?
– edtech – retrain teachers, students,
– appraising teachers, reward them, being discipline,monitor

Home schooling
– becoming popular
– investment opportunities?
– work-life, work-home balancing

Key to succeed in Education space

Quality first, then scale
Be prepared for long haul, then scale
Then comes franchising

—————————————————– As a special invitee..

AKAMAI Presentation – Digital delivery platform, especially Video that will be 80% of the content on-line in the near future..

– formats : 5 min and 20 min content
– launch has to be fast, else you lose the client/subscriber

High quality
– no stalling/no buffering;
– always available, relevant,
– no data plan restrictions

Education on mobility? what are the trends, and what will be challenges of the future..

Instant user experience – FB provides
Consume as much as possible
Offline content goes online – you tube
Download during nights, local content play while travel
Challenges about space on device
Battery running out – delete the app

Here is the link to a set of photographs of the event uploaded by VCCircle on their FB page https://www.facebook.com/VCC-Events-1176152369113449/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1355409131187771

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#Vision #Purpose #Passion #Perseverance – John Hanke and Pokémon Go.

How long does it take to create an overnight success? For John Hanke it’s taken him 20 years to create Pokémon Go.

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This week, the Pokémon Go app has broken all records, with 10 million+ downloads in the first week, exceeding Twitter in daily active users, and with higher average user time than Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram & WhatsApp.

How did John Hanke create such a massive overnight craze? Here’s the 10 times he levelled up in his lifetime to reach Pokémon Go:

1st Level up: In 1996, while still a student, John co-created the very first MMO (massively multiplayer online game) called ‘Meridian 59’. He sold the game to 3DO to move on to a bigger passion: mapping the world.

2nd Level up: In 2000, John launched ‘Keyhole’ to come up with a way to link maps with aerial photography, and create the first online, GPS-linked 3D aerial map of the world.

3rd Level up: In 2004, Google bought Keyhole and with John’s help, turned Keyhole into what is now ‘Google Earth’. That’s when John decided to focus at creating GPS-based games.

4th Level up: John ran the Google Geo team from 2004 to 2010, creating Google Maps and Google Street View. During this time, he collected the team that would later create Pokémon Go.

5th Level up: In 2010, John launched Niantic Labs as a start-up funded by Google to create a game layer on maps. John explains why he called it Niantic:

“The Niantic is the name of a whaling ship that came up during the gold rush and through a variety of circumstances g hv bot dragged on shore. This happened with other ships, too. Over the years, San Francisco was basically just built over these ships. You could stand on top of them now, and you wouldn’t know it. So it’s this idea that there’s stuff about the world that’s really cool but even though it’s on the Internet, it’s hard to know when you’re actually there.”

6th Level up: In 2012, John then created Niantic’s first geo-based MMO, “ingress”:

John explains: “In the case of Ingress the activity is layered on top of the real world and on your phone. The inspiration was that it was something that I always used to daydream about while I was commuting back and forth from home to Google.”

“I always thought you could make an awesome game using all the Geo data that we have. I watched phones become more and more powerful and I thought the time would come that you could do a really awesome real-world adventure-based game.”

7th Level up: In 2014, Google and the Pokémon Company teamed up for an April Fools’ Day joke, which allowed viewers to find Pokémon creatures on Google maps. It was a viral hit, and got John thinking the idea could be turned into a real game.

8th Level up: John decided to build Pokémon Go on the user-generated meeting points created by players of Ingress, and the most popular became the Pokéstops and gyms in Pokémon Go:

As John says, ”The Pokéstops are submitted by users, so obviously they’re based on places people go. We had essentially two and a half years of people going to all the places where they thought they should be able to play Ingress, so it’s some pretty remote places. There are portals in Antartica and the North Pole, and most points in between.”

9th Level up: John raised $25 million from Google, Nintendo, the Pokémon Company and other investors from Dec 2015 to Feb 2016 to grow a team of 40+ to launch Pokémon Go this year.

10th Level: John and his team launched Pokémon Go on July 6th in USA, Australia and New Zealand. Since its launch, Nintendo’s share price has risen $12 billion, and the app is already generating over $2 million daily in in-app purchases, making it an overnight phenomenon.

The overnight success of Pokémon Go has taken John Hanke 20 years to create. Throughout these 20 years, while he had a big vision of a game layer over the world, he didn’t know what form it would take. At every step, he just focused at his next level up.

At each new level, he had new powers, new team members, and new items in his inventory…

Are you, like John, treating your own entrepreneurial journey like one big MMO?

Keep the end in mind, but focus today on simply levelling up.

At every level, grow your powers, your team, and your luck.

And know it takes many levels to win the game.

“It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” ~ Eddie Cantor

#sharing #knowthyself #sreeni.org

Inspiring young change-makers – Anchoring an interaction with youth @ Optimum 2015, Shivaji College –

I was invited by one of the old colleges of Delhi University, Shivaji College, to moderate a discussion with a group of young change-makers. It was a pleasure engaging and addressing the youthful audience, while anchoring the session. Here, I profile the inspiring panel and what they shared, in brief.

 

Optimum 2015, Shivaji College – An interaction with inspiring young change-makers

SALONI MALHOTRA
Saloni is the founder of DesiCrew, a for-profit organization employing over 300 people that’s focused on creating knowledge-based livelihood opportunities in small towns and rural areas. Saloni stepped down as  the CEO in March 2012 to hand over to a professional management team and continues to participate on the Board.

In 2012, along with her friends, Saloni co-founded Safecity, a citizen’s initiative to make Indian Cities safer again. The platform encourages people to share their personal stories of harassment and the location where the incident occurred. As more people pin, hotspots are created. The team then works with the relevant authorities to improve the situation on the ground.

Saloni Shared –

  • An Engineer, started the company at 23,
  • Parents are doctors and professors
  • Started at a startup event at IIT Chennai
  • The aim was to enable technology can reach the hinterland to harness the potential
  • Generate employment for rural youth and uplift the
  • Nasscom acknowledged DesiCrew to be first such initiative
  • In 2011 reached a strength of 300 people
  • Transferred the management to a professional team in 2012
  • 2012 launched SafeCITY… based Voluntary support, cloud sourcing for safer cities and towns
  • Currently heading business alliances, an intrapreneurial role, with Paytm focusing on financial infra from education sector

AJAY CHATURVEDI

  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer HarVa (Harnessing Value of Rural India…);
  • Engineer, BITS Pilani;
  • Graduate, Management Technology, SEAS and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Recipient, awards and honours, including:

CNN IBN Youth Icon/Young Indian Leader (2011); Amazing Global Indian, Times Now (2012-13); Yahoo unsung Heroes (2012-13); Manthan’s Chairman Excellence Award (2011); SKOCH Financial Inclusion (2011); TiE Entrepreneurial Excellence (2011); Rotary International Iconic Youth 2014; 50 most inspiring stories of 50 years, BITS Alumni; 50 most Creative Leaders at THNK.

Ajay shared –

  • Hailing from conventional family, with usual expectations of excelling academically did Engineering from BITS Pilani.
  • Then headed to the US for MS
  • Worked with CITI
  • Then one fine day asked myself, what am I doing?
  • Realized, I have not been doing what I really want to do…left everything and came back
  • HARVA – the challenge …49% of people generate less than 10 percent
  • Focussed on Community farming

 

Optimum 2015, Shivaji College – An interaction with inspiring young change-makers

ASHMEET KAPOOR

Passionate about impact-driven companies addressing social problems through market based solutions & sustainable business models

  • Areas of interest: Decentralized energy and water solutions for developing countries, poverty alleviation, global health
  • Brown University MSc., Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship; University of British Columbia BSc., Electrical Engineering
  • Specialties: Business Planning & Strategy: Technology assessment & ideation, Primary market research, Concept definition & refinement, Market segmentation, Business model development, Financial forecasting

ISAYOrganic – Why?

  • Trying to establish a change, for sustainable life – 2010
  • Food, agriculture… Basic need
  • Helping farmers to overcome challenges
  • Did Farming for one year to understand the ground realities…
  • Realized the problems of scale in the organic agri
  • Web and phone based ordering platform…
  • Network of organic farmers…
  • Connecting the consumer

ANIRBAN GUPTA

Anirban Gupta is the Founder and Director, ‘Dhriiti-the courage within’, a Non-Governmental Organization in the field of entrepreneurship and micro enterprises. Mr. Gupta did his Bachelors in Economics from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University and went on to do his Rural Management from Xavier’s Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. He worked with FODRA, an NGO working in north east Delhi.  A few months later, he moved on to start “Dhriiti” along with two other friends.

Mr. Gupta is an individual with a very pragmatic viewpoint towards the solutions of economic problems, solutions that do not just concentrate on stacking the ever-growing pile of ex gratia in the hands of the rich, but solutions that ponder more upon the needs and requirements of the society as a whole. He believes in the modest application of social work in the field of economic development.  Mr. Gupta nurtures strong belief in the fact that development of the society does not just call for “social service” that defines the establishment of social institutions.

Anirban shared..

  • Born and brought up in the steel city of Jamshedpur
  • Every one was an engineer in the town due to TATA STEEL
  • My pursuing commerce upset parents
  • Then took rural management to their utter shock
  • What tension did I create when I did not want to get into placements

Dritii, started with my frustration..
– Inspiring….youngsters to get into entrepreneurship

“Widen your horizons, build a well-rounded personality” – S K Munjal exhorts the youth at CL’s Career Junction

Career Junction @ constitution club, New DelhiSri S K Munjal, Vice-chair, Hero motorcorp, extolling the youth at Career Junction

INDIA is a very very interesting place to be today
– Every govt has done better than the previous one

– When we got independence, we called ourselves socialist democratic country, with market economy; very unusual and one of its kind
– It was a bipolar world, founders of non- aligned movement
– It address the needs of people and meets the needs of people
– We followed five year plan, borrowed from then USSR

– Everything was licensed, where, even quantity to be produced was also mentioned
– efficiency was penalized; greater production was penalized
– industry created liaising; how to get license, and how not to allow others from getting it
– monopolistic markets formed
– quality, consistency, choice, etc customer had no choice
– in 60-70s .. 2% GDP growth rate…Hindu growth rate
– Historically, a couple of hundred years ago, we were growing at 20% china grew at 30%

– Soon, India will be the single largest, in population
– we need to find an employment for 12-15 million people year on year for next 20 years
– We run a school in Ludhiana, for children of industrial workers, all come from UP, Bihar
– we are encouraging people to bring families, so that children get educated
– in the last year 12 in the top 50 of the state, last to last year state topper
– I am sharing this coz, if not for such opportunities, these would have never been benefitted

– if one of you becomes an entrepreneur, you will create jobs; imagine what one can do
– Now 8 year olds, 11-12 year olds are becoming entrepreneurs
– education gives added advantage

– We are trying to build a university that will be nursery for world leaders
– We bring in leaders and corporates to create learning experiences

– A large part of our economy comes from services
– Manufacturing is 16%
– Agriculture creates less and less jobs, we need tech, systems and process to make it better
– We are the largest producer of veg, milk, ….
– We are low on yield
– 54% of population still dependent on agriculture

– Every manufacturing job creates, 6 services jobs… Whole host of activities get created
– If we are to grow in every sense, it is expected that in real terms 3rd largest economy in 13 years
– Opportunities are immense
– there are areas within manufacturing that are large multipliers
– the policies on infrastructure creation can make a huge difference
– You create industrial complexes, suppliers, institutions…..entrepreneurs..
– Auto motive complex attracts ancillaries, suppliers
– In the US – steel, auto motives, home were in the order…..
– Example – 107 companies produces stuff for home infra
– Lack of infra, red tape, corruption are putting India down

– One of the recommendations made is to change interfaces between govt and industry, govt and people
– Get rid off all human human interaction. Get technology for interface…
– Please only looks at the best and better it; look at the country and better it …
– starting the companies..let us better Singapore; Law, better than Malaysia..
– you should be able to go and settle anywhere in the country

– plan your work, work your plan
– have passion, you can cover all the handicaps
– if you are driven by passion, no time limits
– today ministers are working overtime
– ‘why should not we be a 20 trillion dollar economy’ – Modi said; very inspiring, a profound statement
– biggest problems gives best opportunities

– infra is the biggest problems…..largest conceived Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor
– high speed rail network corridor….100 Kim’s of industrial belt, smart cities
– smart cities are planned cities
– we have created only 5 cities in 60 years, china has built Over 100
– these cities will have tech, energy, food, logistics, places and work close, efficient mass transport system; water management systems… Clusters
– 7 seven smart cities have been signed
– modeled after Tokyo-Osaka corridor
– kol- Amritsar, Bangalore-chennai
– airports, highways
– waterways

– find opportunity for yourselves
– Abraham Lincoln failed so many times before becoming the President of the US
– Sunil Mittal failed seven times,….look at their perseverance,
– Sunil changed every model to become the best model in the world..

– You experiment with life..take sensible risks
– do not take wild gamble, take smart gamble
– opportunities in the new economy are new
– ecommerce companies valued higher than retail companies
– tech and communication is breaking all the barriers
– we are servicing the world
– we have opportunities; are literally all around us
– food processing, transportation; water, education, financial education
– SIP – saving and investment plan is an interesting

– 16% of world’s gold is in India lying idle??? if we can convert an instrument in making this financial opportunity
– world class companies have huge percentage of Indians
– never teach any one the answers, always ask them questions, so they go to find answers

– widen your horizons.. Learn about liberal arts, humanities
– Work towards lateral thinking, well balanced and well-rounded personality.

Wishing you all the very best.

Dream It, Do It! – Towards inclusivity with the smart cane – Pranav Lal (an IMI alum), an inspiration

pranav I came across Pranav’s post this afternoon and thought of carrying it on my site. In over sixteen years of knowing Pranav, I have been inspired immensely for his steadfastness, optimism and go-getting attitude. Pranav has been a student of CL once upon a time, preparing for CAT.  Being completely visually challenged, he took on the IIM fraternity when he was deprived of additional time, after having promised, when he appeared in CAT then. He managed to get into one of the premier business schools. He then joined CL in the tech space on graduating, before he moved on. Since then he has headed technology and internet security functions in MNCs and continues to contribute immensely to the betterment of physically challenged.

 

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This afternoon has been a triumphant one. The smart cane, which I have been testing for a while has been launched! The smart cane is a regular cane but with an attachment that provides tactile feedback as you approach an obstacle.

It uses sonar for measuring distances. The motor’s speed increases as you approach an object so the vibration you feel in the handle of the cane is increased. Different distances are represented by different vibratory patterns.

Lasting Friends and me The cane has 2 modes namely indoor and outdoor. in the indoor mode, obstacles are detected at a range of 1.5 meters while in the outdoor mode, obstacles at a range of 3 meters are detected.

My favorite feature is the collision detector. The cane will warn you with a distinctive beep if someone is going to collide with you.

The cane is rugged and has been designed to take tropical conditions into account. I have dropped it down a flight of stairs a few times.

The price in Indian Rupees is about Rs. 2500.

The cane is inclusive because it does not require any supporting infrastructure. There is no need to add anything to the environment so the device can go directly to the user.

The smart cane however represents something else in Indian disability history. It is probably the first project that has fructified industry, academic and NGO collaboration. Over 30 NGOs have been consulted. My thanks to all of them and all my fellow testers.

My special thanks to Phoenix Medical systems, the industry partner for their expertise.

For international readers, the cane will get the CE mark within a week from today.

Also, thanks to the Welcome Trust who funded the development effort and guided the team. Thanks to the professors and staff at IIT Delhi. In particular, the project lead Dr. Rohan Paul who besides being a scientist, humanitarian is a fantastic project manager.

Thanks to Dipendra Manocha a continuing inspiration for many of us. It was his idea, his hand at the helm that began the journey in 2005.

What the smart cane can’t do –

  • It cannot tell you what the obstacle is. A dustbin and a person produce the same vibratory patterns.
  • It is difficult to detect below knee obstacles. The cane is designed for detecting above knee obstacles but you can adjust the angle of the sonic transducers and pickup below knee obstacles if you hold at the correct angle
  • The sonar attachment cannot be mounted on any other cane though you can use it without the cane. I understand this is something that is being worked upon.
  • You get no texture information.

The road ahead

Much work still has to be done in getting this device out to the poorest sections of Indian society. These portions are sparsely served by NGOs.

It would be easy to combine the cane with sensory substitution devices. There may not be any need for modification because the signals will be combined in the brain. I am going to test the cane with The vOICe.

Contact the Saksham Trust for more information.

To read more of his postings, kindly go to Pranav’s writings on techesoterica.com for the challenged

Unsung Hero : Dinesh, the golgappawala inspires students of IT-BHU

I was once again in the city of Varanasi to address the youth of IT BHU, and as is my wont, I was going around the ‘Galis’ imbuing the smell and absorbing the visual milieu while looking for the silks the city is known for. As it was already late evening, I came across closed shops. Thankfully, one of the rickshawalas advised me to go to the traditional ‘kapda-market’ (cloth) where the lalas (traditional cloth merchants) still keep the shops open till late evenings. I managed to walk through the packed gallis of the old city’s wholesale markets one after the other – vessels, cosmetic and items of ladies interest, plastic and packaging material… and finally arrived at the kapda market (cloth) only to find just a few shops still open. Though I did not find what I was looking for, but there were items that grabbed my attention and I ended up buying a few pieces.

I finished my shopping and was back into the gallis this time finding my way out of the market place, towards the hotel where I was put up. Like any Indian city, especially in the old city, you will come across small traditional eateries. While rushing to the cloth market, though I was tempted to stop by many of these eateries, each serving some delicacy or other, I told myself that first I will buy the silk cloth pieces, then will stop at an eatery. Now that I was done with shopping, my eyes fell on thellawalas (push cart) selling tikki and golgappas, devised interestingly unique to the city.

I parked myself by these thellas and asked them to serve their delicacies, first was the tikki (fried potato dumpling) with a few chatnies (spicy liquids). A different look and taste from the usual Delhi one I realized. The tikki is not that fried and when they serve. It is beaten and becomes just a gooey dal like with tangy and spicy chatnies. It’s different.

Then I asked the neighboring thellawala to serve the golgappas. To my surprise, the treatment of the golgappas too was different. He served with curd, tangy Chatney, spicy chili slices and sliced onions. Wah, what a taste!

Unsung hero, Dinesh, the golgappawala at Naisadak, Varanasi

After having a fill, I was a little curious, as usual, to really understand their business model and profitability. I was surprised when the golgappawala shared that he comes to this favorite corner of Naisadak in Varanasi at 5pm and finishes his wares by 10pm. During the course of these five hours, 7000 golgappas made by the family in the morning gets sold. With every plate served has 6 golgappas, for which he charges Rs. 10/-, the thellawala makes a cool 7k if not 10k every day! That amounts to almost 2 Lakhs a month!

I was addressing the young graduates at IT BHU, one of the most premier institutions of India, this morning, I shared this story along with the stories of Gyanendra pandey of Husk-power systems and Nirmal’s G-Auto. The audience were stunned to silence. I could see the awe on some faces while I could see shame on some. One commented that after four years and five years of studies in the prestigious institution, they end up with offers of 3-4 Lakhs that they take pride in. And these stories shook them, woke them from slumber.

Following this, there was a short exercise of written ability test, wherein I had asked them to write about – what I can be of value to your institution / company? As all of them are either seeking a placement or thinking of belling the CAT and getting into ions of the IIMs. They were expecting a topic of currency and were taken aback at this topic. The next 20min ended up being an exercise in introspection, for the most.

Finally, as the session was meandering to its end, I threw a question – “what is the one thing you are carrying home from this session?”..

The responses were interesting

1. We have to really think about our future
2. Pursue what you are passionate about

Later I was delighted to interview a couple of candidates who are very focused and have charted their career priorities too.

BIG DADDIES Of COACHING : India Today, March 10 issue features CL Educate (Career Launcher)

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