My fascination for machines and how they work led me to a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. Being a hands-on guy, I wanted to do a masters in this field and end up working in R&D of an automotive company. Through an interesting set of circumstances, I joined MBA at Thapar initially reluctant towards business education. To my amazement, management education expanded my field of vision from a narrow technical understanding to the macro-view of interconnected systems. This newfound knowledge completely changed the way I looked at everything around me.
Another enlightenment that occurred during the MBA was recognizing the inconsistencies in the current scheme of things, especially in the way we humans are exploiting our environment. I became aware of this as I worked with farmers near our campus to understand the issues they face in today’s industrial agriculture. This project was part of the Sustainability in Practice course, which I believe has been a turning point for understanding my ‘Ikigai’. I feel fortunate to have joined this unique MBA program which shaped my perspective to look at businesses in a holistic manner rather than a conventional profit-oriented approach.
To delve deeper into environmental issues and find innovative ways to solve them, I opted for a year-long master’s in environmental studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Tel Aviv was an immense learning experience for me as I connected with passionate Israeli professionals, students, and professors from all over the world which helped me explore technological and policy solutions for complex problems. In the second year, I joined a research project of Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources offered by my bioengineering professor. It involved developing biofuels from algae and waste from meat industry. This gave me a chance to hone my technical skillset and also identify the gaps between scientific research and business thinking.
During my time in Israel, I resonated with their solution-oriented mindset and I believe it played a major role in Israel becoming the ‘startup nation’ . To complete the full circle, I joined Thapar to share the knowledge and this mindset I have acquired till now with MBA students in building and managing sustainability projects to add value to them and the society.