Saturday, November 10, 2012

74th Week@XIMB

74th Week@XIMB - 4th November to 10th November, 2012

4th November - Nothing great is ever accomplished without passion. But, I am feeling rusted or even surrender type of attitude is flowing in my vein. In-spite of such burnout feeling in recent days, I am trying to boom back. Only positive of this rustiness is that I am feeling more calm and less numb. The net value of a great idea unless invested at ground is zero. Possessing talent roots for a strong launch but about having the discipline to summon that talent whenever needed makes one among greats. That is the trick of discipline missed by me.

There are always few boys/girls even more talented but, it is determination and eagerness to take up any challenge for a prolong period sets one apart. Hard work and talent are rewarded but they need guidance in this low moral points. Hoping to boost energy within through some movies and long phases of sleep. When a person fail to attain a dream, that is the beginning of a realistic process of self-reflection. One can only progress by taking a leap of faith, not in God necessarily, but in oneself.

I was reading basic facts about Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011. Also, I got a census 2001 data of SC and ST population in each state of India. The data was necessary to frame and study caste based reservations.

5th November - We have a first wave of pro business reforms rather than pro market ones. Due to this, the excessive power of the few big players impose a larger cost on everyone else. There is huge need of investment in the infrastructure through eight core sector industries : coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and electricity. The need of the hour is to re-evaluate the distorted political economy of the financial sector, do away with these price distortions and allow competition in these sectors. And mostly nobody want to open Pandora Box that can reveal the scandalous matters our corporates and government are involved into. The allegation of RIL forcing Jaipal Reddy from oil ministry can't be entirely false.

The state retains control of key resources — currency, credit, energy, water, land, minerals, and the airwaves. But the true wealth of any nation is in fertile soil, abundant water, clean air, safe food and its people educated for independent action and free to practice it. Education is a better economic driver than a country’s natural resources. And our government is even failing to reach targets of average spending for education expenditure at 6% of GDP and health at 2% of GDP. And for God's sake, we don't have to compare India with China otherwise will get into the dilemma: Are Effective States compatible with Active Citizens ?

Bad policy is the result of bad lobbying. And there is mediocrity and compromise in public discourse, and mismanagement and cronyism in public policy—go hand in hand. I am no communist but believe in what Frankfurt says: "With respect to the distribution of economic assets, what is important from the point of view of morality is not that everyone should have the same but that each should have enough."

6th November - Two XIMBian Digvijay Singh and Zeeshan Arfi (Rural Management batch 2009) have kicked off on the social entrepreneurship path. Their intervention is enabling and empowering the life's of rural youth at Mahagaon in Mandla a tribal district in MP. Meaningful Livelihood for Rural Youth is the core theme behind there project.

All students enter rural management program with a certain amount of idealism and desire to serve the poor, but after two years of competition and having an opportunity for easy money, we care for nothing but the right jobs with the right companies where we can quantum jump each year to earn big bucks. Hence, there spirit of entrepreneurship with focusing on capacity building of poor must be applauded with greater cheer. This country need to have more role models come out and take entrepreneurship as a career path.

There are lot of people who don't give XAT/CAT score and may have lacked proper knowledge of English language and quantitative skills. But they have more guts to open there own business. A pawn shop owner even earning 1/10th of a MNC employee is working hard with his/her own identity and independence. Starting a business isn't fast or seamless. If anyone want to start a business and want it to be meaningful, be prepared for it to be something of a slow process. That seems a tough proposition in the age of immediate gratification. I feel like an immature Student of a premature Institute whose only concern is to get a high packaged job in any MNC. What a waste of money and time on my education !

7th November -

8th November - The 1st National Symposium on Rural Management, titled “Building Professionals for Inclusive Growth” will be held at XIMB from November 9-10, 2012. This symposium will reflect on the issues and develop strategies and designs for expansion, institutionalization and better domain engagement of the Rural Management Programme. Eminent speakers from the field of Rural Management have been invited to speak on their innovative ideas.

9th November -The Inauguration Function was held at the Auditorium with Dr. Mihir Shah, Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India has kindly consented to deliver the Inaugural and Keynote Address. Some one pointed out a beautiful line in the prolong and tedious sessions : Integrity. It’s a bit like virginity. Either you have it…or you don’t!

I had a chance of an informal session with Dr. M S Sriram. He told us about social and business enterprises. Profit or Purpose: The Dilemma of Social Enterprises ; If the business fails then its accounting case study and if business succeeds then it is marketing case study. Such is the safe life of academician. But for a social entrepreneur, the path  becomes hell when he deviates from original mission and vision. As those mission statements will make a perception in the minds of the customers and stakeholders early. Hence, they have to manage with extra caution any evolution in mission either to keep venture floating or scaling up with private equity as this might affect brand positioning. He gave classic case of Vikram Akula who will look like saint in comparison to Vijay Mallya today.

He told us about Limited liability clause where the clause faces a limit on the amount that can be claimed for a breach of contract, regardless of the actual loss. That comes handy for crony capitalist of India. India is strange country with failed enterprise and successful entrepreneurs.

He told us about three types of corruption : Nazrana, Shukrana and Jabrana. I searched more on this matter and found this in a column of Sunday Guardian:- The first is Nazrana, or the traditional tribute to be paid to the person in power by ordinary people. The second form of corruption is Jabrana, or extortion. Anyone who wants anything done in government has to pay the "extortioner" his fee, or jabrana. The third form is Shukrana, or money paid by way of gratitude by a person whose work has been done without his having to pay a bribe.

10th November -Small changes can produce big results—but the areas of highest leverage are often the least obvious. That was a brilliant line of thinking along re-positioning of Rural Management brand and curriculum makeover. The funny aspect of the whole conference was sometimes it look like a get together party for IRMAns.

There were people with missionary zeal, personal agenda, varied experiences and history of diverse skill sets in NSORM. They pointed that availability of a loan is not a good enough reason for a very high fees and EMI should not dictate choice of job. The dilemma of'How to earn money with soiling their hands' was better discussed among all the stakeholders. One of them also suggested that Indians have the dirty mindset that does want to pay. Indians only study so we could avoid hard work. Minimum wages of the field staff while earning too much for themselves is common phenomenon here.

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