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Indian CEOs

Written by Ziyyara 5-10-2019

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A sustainable pattern of growth and development, both at an individual level and at the level of a nation, requires education. If we are slaves of education, we will be masters of the world, for it is education that can help us to see the world around us. It empowers us to perceive and analyze, conceive and deliver ideas that are good for personal and national growth. Education, as Albert Einstein said, “is not learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.” It opens to us a vast arena of opportunities to think, evolve and progress. Life without education is like a life never lived.

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” If you wish to make your world a better place, you need to educate yourself. There are innumerable examples of how people from different socio economic and ethnic backgrounds wonders have done using education as their tool to progress. Luckily, India has a tryst with education since long. We have established institutions like Indian Institute Of Technology and Indian Institute of Management right after independence under the able guidance of the then Education minister Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad. He was also instrumental in establishing Central Board of Secondary Education and University Grants Commission. These education Boards have been instrumental in taking Indian education to new heights. In India, in 2017-18, 36.64 million students enrolled in higher education. In 2017-18, the Gross Enrollment Ratio reached 25.8%. Just behind US, India is the second largest market for e-learning, These figures are expected to increase in future. India’s higher education system is the third largest system in the world, next to US and China.

The recent achiever from this system is the Nobel Laureate Mr. Abhijeet Banerjee We can boast of innumerable top positions around the world where our people are MDs and CEOs in multinational companies. The Harvard Business Review has released a list of 100 world’s best CEOs for the year 2019. Among the top ten CEOs are three Indians, namely, Shantanu Narayen, Ajay Banga and Satya Nadella.

The Chief Executive Officer of Google, Sundar, is an Indian American business executive. He is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Pichai went to Jawahar Vidalaya, a CBSE school. He has done Metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. He started from humble middle-class beginnings and became the topmost Executive of the leading corporate firm, Google. Having impressive degrees and work experience he joined Google as a product manager 2004. He went on to become the man behind Google Chrome and Google Drive and later Gmail and Google maps development. He is an achiever with an ability to grow new products, connect with users and bring revenue for the company.

If it was possible for Sunder Pichai, a two-bedroom house occupant to become Sunder Pichai of giant search engine, Google, it is possible for all of us to reach to equally good heights with the same hard work and determination. Education can take us where we wish to reach.

Another very famous success story is of Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive officer of a multinational giant company, Microsoft. Nadella, an engineer by profession, is an Indian American business executive. He belongs to Hyderabad. Satya Nadella did his B.E Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. He has been involved with company’s major projects that included the move to develop of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world. He has to his credit Microsoft’s database, Windows Server and developer tools to its Azure cloud. Microsoft’s mission statement, under Nadella’s leadership, was revised to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” He is considered the best Chief Executive Officer of a large American Company under whose guidance the Microsoft stock more than tripled. Good education coupled with diligence and perseverance worked for Nadella to achieve his dreams. It is important to study well and gain knowledge for in a world of high competition knowledge alone is the ladder to be climbed.

Shantanu Narayen is yet another success story to be followed by all. Chief Executive Officer of Adobe Systems, Shantanu, studied from Hyderabad Public school. Later, he did Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He moved onto get many other degrees from foreign land. He was awarded the ‘Global Indian of the year ‘award in 2018. In 2019 he has been awarded with Padma Shri, highest Civilian award in India. His flagship programs include Photoshop, Premier pro and Acrobat/PDF. Adobe became a Fortune 400 company in 2018. Success does not happen suddenly. It is the result of years of toil and handwork. Happiness, wealth and great careers are to be worked upon. No one should limit himself or his imagination or creativity. One has to push oneself for no one else will.

On board of famous and successful people we have Sanjay Mehrotra. He too is an Indian American businessman and executive, currently the Chief Executive Officer of Micron Technology. He founded SanDisk earlier and was the President and CEO until Western Digital acquired it. During early years of education, Mehrotra studied in Delhi Public School. He joined BITS Pilani for some time then went on to University of California. He did master’s degree in Electricals Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkley. Mehrotra has more than 70 patents to his name.

Rajeev Suri, Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, is from Delhi. He is an Indian Singaporean business executive. He has done Electronics and Communication Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. Rajeev Suri has worked at different positions in different companies in India and Nigeria before joining Nokia in 1995. He had stayed and worked in Middle East, Asia Africa and Europe at different points of time. Interestingly, Suri has no MBA or any PG degrees to his name despite of which he could reach such heights in multinationals. He has a lot to his name that could inspire young generation.

Ajaypal Singh Banga is the Chief Executive Officer of Mastercard. He has been awarded the Padma Shri Award in 2016. Banga is an Indian American business executive. He was born in Pune. He grew up in India and received his education in various cities. He studied in Hyderabad Public School and completed schooling from Shimla. Later, he joined St Stephen’s College, Delhi. He is a product of Indian Institute Of Management, Ahmedabad. He has also worked in Nestle. In PepsiCo he was engaged with the launch of international food franchises in India.

We must be thankful to Almighty for living in a world where there is no dearth of opportunities to get the best of education. People can get formal education or can opt for getting connected with the tutors online to enroll in classes. It can be safely said that perhaps education was never so accessible before as it is now. Remember, success requires you to come out of the comfort zone. Success has to be stalked. You need to chase it. Nothing great was ever achieved without toil, dedication and education.