India beckons leaders of the future
What is common about all these personalities: Amartya Sen, Ram Charan, Indira Nooyi, Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Sanjay Kumar Jha, Padmashree Warrior, Shantanu Narayen, Nikesh Arora, Dinesh Paliwal, Rajeev Suri, George and Thomas Kurian?
They are all India-born and successful business heads of internationally well-known enterprises. Perhaps, what is most important is that all of them did their education in India and then went abroad. Take Ram Charan, for example. The Indian-American business consultant, speaker, and writer graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi and then later went to Harvard Business School. He advises people like Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, and companies seek him out for his “wise man” approach rather than choosing a consultant with a narrow specialty in re-engineering or organizational behavior.
While Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen studied at Shantiniketan, Kolkata’s Presidency College (now an autonomous university) and Calcutta University, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering in electronics and communication from Manipal Institute of Technology; Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, was at the Madras Christian College and did her management from IIM, Calcutta; Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, has an electronics engineering degree from Osmania University; Nikesh Arora, CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media Inc. graduated as an Electrical Engineer from IIT-BHU; Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NextEV, an electric vehicle company, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nokia, did his Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Communications) from Manipal Institute of Technology and Dinesh Paliwal, CEO, Harman International did his BE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
All these top executives – in fact, there are quite literally countless such Indian-born personalities -- completed their education from some of India’s finest schools that provided them the base to move ahead. Today, the world’s IT activities depend on graduates from India’s colleges and universities. Surely then, the Indian educational system has the capability and the intellect to provide future global leaders.