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Nitin Nohria is the first Indian-American Dean of Harvard: some questions

Nitin Nohria, alumunus of IIT-Mumbai, has been named as the 10th dean of Harvard Business School. He is the first Indian American to hold that position.

“I feel a profound sense of responsibility for continuing Harvard Business School’s proud legacy of ground-breaking ideas and transformational educational experiences,”

Although a chemical engineer, he is currently involved more into Leadership, Management practices, and human motivation in context of corporate success. He is currently the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the Leadership Initiative at Harvard.

While obviously one is proud of his achievement as an Indian American, but one also thinks of the waste that his chemical engineering education has been. Of what use was it if one has to go on to not add anything to that space? It is clear that the CHemical Engineering degree was just a plank! Right after his Chemical Engg B.Tech from IIT-Mumbai in 1984, he followed it up with a doctoral degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in 1988 (where he earned an outstanding doctoral thesis award in behavioral and policy sciences).

And that is sad about India’s education system! If someone was SO right brained as to be an expert in the “soft issues” of management, why did he necessarily have to go into SO left brained an institution and study as Engineering from the IIT?

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  1. Do you have anything other than critizing Indian education? aap kya hawa see america pahoonch gaye.. kuch wahan paya hoga, tabhi kuch likh paa rahe ho. if you can’t do anything creative or productive for india, then don’t just keep writing bakwaas.

  2. Do you have anything other than critizing Indian education? aap kya hawa see america pahoonch gaye.. kuch wahan paya hoga, tabhi kuch likh paa rahe ho. if you can’t do anything creative or productive for india, then don’t just keep writing bakwaas.

  3. Instead of focusing on the good part of this news, why does Desh have to inject such strong negativity into this piece?? Why are there only a few handfuls of Indians who really see the good as it is? Is it true that either Indians are jealous of other Indians’ achievements, or that they just know how to criticize? Why mingle a supposed shortcoming of the education system with a definite good-fruit of the same? Desh, do you know what kind of articles you will write 10 yrs hence? Or had you planned for criticism 10 years earlier? You disappoint dude! Yes, the truth may not be all-sweet, but it isn’t all-bitter either as a lot of media and people-in-power-of-broadcast make it out to be!! The truly ‘proud’ Indians are ashamed of this lot…tch tch!

  4. Instead of focusing on the good part of this news, why does Desh have to inject such strong negativity into this piece?? Why are there only a few handfuls of Indians who really see the good as it is? Is it true that either Indians are jealous of other Indians’ achievements, or that they just know how to criticize? Why mingle a supposed shortcoming of the education system with a definite good-fruit of the same? Desh, do you know what kind of articles you will write 10 yrs hence? Or had you planned for criticism 10 years earlier? You disappoint dude! Yes, the truth may not be all-sweet, but it isn’t all-bitter either as a lot of media and people-in-power-of-broadcast make it out to be!! The truly ‘proud’ Indians are ashamed of this lot…tch tch!

  5. In fact, I agree with Desh on this one. The Indian education system must really really suck to have produced an idiot like Desh; and the American system sucks even more ‘coz they let him make a life in the US in spite of his obvious lack of good “education”. LOL

  6. Instead of focusing on the good part of this news, why does Desh have to inject such strong negativity into this piece?? Why are there only a few handfuls of Indians who really see the good as it is? Is it true that either Indians are jealous of other Indians’ achievements, or that they just know how to criticize? Why mingle a supposed shortcoming of the education system with a definite good-fruit of the same? Desh, do you know what kind of articles you will write 10 yrs hence? Or had you planned for criticism 10 years earlier? You disappoint dude! Yes, the truth may not be all-sweet, but it isn’t all-bitter either as a lot of media and people-in-power-of-broadcast make it out to be!! The truly ‘proud’ Indians are ashamed of this lot…tch tch!

  7. In fact, I agree with Desh on this one. The Indian education system must really really suck to have produced an idiot like Desh; and the American system sucks even more ‘coz they let him make a life in the US in spite of his obvious lack of good “education”. LOL

  8. Guys – just chill! I am pointing out an OBVIOUS issue with our education system and the way society approaches it. It is foolish to make it a “Nationalism” issue.

    And the smarty-pants but cowardly “Anonymous” guy, you have tried enough.. you haven’t gotten anywhere anyways with that.. so why not quit your broken record? You have not produced anything of note and don’t have the balls to even sign you notes with your real name… so get a burkha, some bangles and shut the eff up!

  9. I know many say, that there is nothing wrong in changing one’s field of study or doing something unrelated to your educated. It isn’t.

    Sure, people can change their lines.. and there is no harm in that…. but unlike say a Jack Welch (who was also a Chemical Engineer, and CEO of a company) – who still presided over one of greatest engineering company – Nitin seems to have moved from a highly “Left brained” oriented area to a highly “Right brained” oriented area. Its not just a change of study area.. its a change in how one FUNDAMENTALLY thinks!

    That is what I found intriguing! It is very possible that a highly right brained guy was forced to go through a left brained education simply because that was the ONLY vehicle for his upward movement. That is sad.

  10. Guys – just chill! I am pointing out an OBVIOUS issue with our education system and the way society approaches it. It is foolish to make it a “Nationalism” issue.

    And the smarty-pants but cowardly “Anonymous” guy, you have tried enough.. you haven’t gotten anywhere anyways with that.. so why not quit your broken record? You have not produced anything of note and don’t have the balls to even sign you notes with your real name… so get a burkha, some bangles and shut the eff up!

  11. Hahahaha… you sure can talk about courage and cowardice Desh, especially since you have refused to publish many of my comments simply because you didn’t want to embarrass yourself. You are a jerk of incredible quality, so yeah if you have balls, start publishing everything I write and (try to) respond with your (perverted and delusional, as they might be) arguments. Oh, and stop dreaming about me in a burkha / bangles, I bet I won’t look half as good as you would in them. LOL

  12. Desh, I do not see any need to be negative about this. We are all evolving. At a given point in time of our lives we cannot truly know what will be the next step. The people we meet, the books we read, our day to day experiences all keep influencing where we go next. It is the calling at a given moment that counts. Is this his final calling? Who knows?

  13. I know many say, that there is nothing wrong in changing one’s field of study or doing something unrelated to your educated. It isn’t.

    Sure, people can change their lines.. and there is no harm in that…. but unlike say a Jack Welch (who was also a Chemical Engineer, and CEO of a company) – who still presided over one of greatest engineering company – Nitin seems to have moved from a highly “Left brained” oriented area to a highly “Right brained” oriented area. Its not just a change of study area.. its a change in how one FUNDAMENTALLY thinks!

    That is what I found intriguing! It is very possible that a highly right brained guy was forced to go through a left brained education simply because that was the ONLY vehicle for his upward movement. That is sad.

  14. Hahahaha… you sure can talk about courage and cowardice Desh, especially since you have refused to publish many of my comments simply because you didn’t want to embarrass yourself. You are a jerk of incredible quality, so yeah if you have balls, start publishing everything I write and (try to) respond with your (perverted and delusional, as they might be) arguments. Oh, and stop dreaming about me in a burkha / bangles, I bet I won’t look half as good as you would in them. LOL

  15. Desh, I do not see any need to be negative about this. We are all evolving. At a given point in time of our lives we cannot truly know what will be the next step. The people we meet, the books we read, our day to day experiences all keep influencing where we go next. It is the calling at a given moment that counts. Is this his final calling? Who knows?

  16. Morris – I don’t think I am negative as such. I am just pointing out something that is surely an area where we can improve and something that puts many through untold misery. I know of one guy whose only dream was to become an English novelist and be a PhD in English literature, but was forced by his family to become a Doctor. He got through CMC Ludhiana… got his degree but never practiced medicine and went into administrative health duties. Despite the fact, that he very sought after in our family – even by far more accomplished doctors – for his medical advise and prescriptions, he does not intend to practice.. such is his aversion!

    When he saw the movie “3 Idiots” he cried like a kid through the movie at the age of over 50.. I am sure he was not alone!

  17. Morris – I don’t think I am negative as such. I am just pointing out something that is surely an area where we can improve and something that puts many through untold misery. I know of one guy whose only dream was to become an English novelist and be a PhD in English literature, but was forced by his family to become a Doctor. He got through CMC Ludhiana… got his degree but never practiced medicine and went into administrative health duties. Despite the fact, that he very sought after in our family – even by far more accomplished doctors – for his medical advise and prescriptions, he does not intend to practice.. such is his aversion!

    When he saw the movie “3 Idiots” he cried like a kid through the movie at the age of over 50.. I am sure he was not alone!

  18. 1. I publish everything until its not spam. You write nonsense and something off topic.. that’s spam. You go to Greece, you follow their policies… you come to Drishtikone, you follow my commenting policy!

    2. This comment very close to that nonsense, but I published it. Next time you are out.. either talk sense or be prepared to be thrown out!

  19. 1. I publish everything until its not spam. You write nonsense and something off topic.. that’s spam. You go to Greece, you follow their policies… you come to Drishtikone, you follow my commenting policy!

    2. This comment very close to that nonsense, but I published it. Next time you are out.. either talk sense or be prepared to be thrown out!

  20. Desh, I agree with what you are saying. But that is a different subject. We really do not know how he chose to go into chemical engeneering. Furthermore I am not entirely convinced that parental pushing is all that bad. Yes, I agree that in one or two cases here and there it can turn out to be wrong as in the example you cited. But on the other side there happen to be a lot of kids who just do not know what they want to do and parental push make them successful doctors, dentists, lawyers etc.. Perhaps the answer is to push for education and not a very strong push for what kind. But I do think push is necessary. By and large they will thank the parents for the push when they grow up.

  21. Desh, I agree with what you are saying. But that is a different subject. We really do not know how he chose to go into chemical engeneering. Furthermore I am not entirely convinced that parental pushing is all that bad. Yes, I agree that in one or two cases here and there it can turn out to be wrong as in the example you cited. But on the other side there happen to be a lot of kids who just do not know what they want to do and parental push make them successful doctors, dentists, lawyers etc.. Perhaps the answer is to push for education and not a very strong push for what kind. But I do think push is necessary. By and large they will thank the parents for the push when they grow up.

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