Leading from the Word ‘Go’ – Sunil Mittal Addresses Graduating Students of IMT
Laying emphasis on the bright future of India and a need for a zestful breed of entrepreneurs, Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Bharati Enterprises addressed the graduation convocation of Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur on March 11th, 2011 at the campus in Nagpur. Expectant listeners and a prestigious audience including Mr. Kamal Nath heard the inspiring and positive speech made by one of the leaders in telecommunication in the world.
Mr. Sunil Mittal brought into focus the right timing in their career to the graduating students. He urged the 300 young students to make prudent yet challenging choices that would take the world by storm. He mentioned how India is on a high with 8.5 – 9% growth and is one of the most high consumption countries in the world. From his experience abroad, he mentioned how other students only thrived on questions of consumption and marketability, whereas India is on a spending surge – be it products or services. Not marginalising the underprivileged, he mentioned that in 10- 15 years, we will also need to create gainful employment as there is no growth without inclusion. Talking about the growth of the nation, he mentioned, “India will be the third largest economy in the world – not just in nominal terms. We have the fuel. We have the necessary tools to do the work. All we need is execution, discipline and we need to make sure that the money that is spent is spent in the right way and is supported by technology”. He was impressed how some young employees already engage with NGOs or take a keen interest in social activities apart from work.
Talking about technology, Mr. Mittal also threw light on the ever growing world of telecommunications and how it is instrumental in providing phenomenal services to both the rich and the poor in rural and urban areas. While healthcare has already set into momentum, Mittal told the gathering more about the new SBI-Airtel venture in the coming months. He drew the irony between a lack of ATMs and bank branches for a large population of the country and how telecommunication is all set to end the woes withdrawal of cash cause. Making payments for purchases and transfer money to friends and family is about to become easier. Education, according to Mittal will be the new muse for telecommunication in the future. Quoting from examples of the industry he knows best, Mr. Mittal encouraged the students to look out for an innovative and exciting option of career – something that excites them at a personal level.
Encouraging the graduating 300 of IMT, Nagpur to choose inspiring careers this year, Mr. Mittal said, “You have the luxury of doing what you like and stay with that. I’m a living example of it. THAT is the difference between doing what you like, and liking what you do.” He left the students on a positive note, encouraging them to do what they really wanted – follow their hearts rather than their heads. Doing what one really wants allows for creative options in careers.