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`Industry interface is key'

Sanjay Rao

Sanjay Rao believes B-school is not just learning the syllabus in a class from teachers. It is all about being able to face the real life outside school. It also is about staying focused at all times so that everything that you do should be aligned to your goal. An engineer from REC, Rourkela, and 2001 batch management graduate from ICFAI Business School, Bangalore, Rao works as a Project Manager at Caritor India Pvt Ltd, an IT services and solutions company.

On what B-school taught him and how much he is using now..

It imparted the basic concepts which help in understanding the organisation as a `whole' and the contribution of various functions to the whole. To give us a well-rounded personality and not just a narrow functional specialisation, emphasis was laid on developing the team working, team management and people skills.

One aspect that really made a difference to our development was the importance attached to the institute-industry interface. Most subjects had industry related mini-projects to be performed by us apart from the mandatory on the job projects in companies of repute for more than 25 weeks during the two-year course.

What B-school ought to have taught...

I believe entrepreneurial skills are not necessarily taught in classrooms, but what can be taught are the risk taking capabilities and ways to manage failures. These can be taught to students by creating such simulated environments. This would help in character building for the students who want to pursue their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. Also of importance is to provide inputs to the students on global cultures. Ensuring that a minimum of one foreign language is learnt would widen their perspectives.

Advice for B-school students...

As a student one should learn from many sources — it could be classroom, peers, group activities, live projects, interaction with industry, watching and listening to others.

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