The pencil parable- Corporate head asks students to develop character


Bhubaneswar, April 8 : Being successful is every student’s dream, but what counts is what is within you and how you behave, a senior corporate executive told a large body of management students at the SOA University on Friday.

“Companies select students for recruitment not because how they look but by evaluating their worth, knowledge and behaviour,” Regional HR Director for South and South-East Asia for Intertek India Pvt Ltd Sanjay Joshi said while speaking at the inauguration of ‘Convergence-2016’, the Business School Meet and Annual celebration of the Institute of Business and Computer Science (IBCS), faculty of management sciences of SOA University.

Around 50 participants from ten different B-Schools from across the country are participating in the two-day meet.

Stressing on behavior, Joshi said leadership was about how a person behaved and not about becoming the President of a students’ union. He encouraged the students to be motivated and passionate about their work and also sport a thankful heart.

“Think for a moment about the soldiers guarding our borders on the Siachen Glacier, the farmers slogging it out in the heat to ensure food for us, the brave hearts  who lay down their lives fighting the terrorists or your first kindergarten teacher who taught you the alphabets. Be thankful for all of them,” he said.

Prof. Damodar Acharya, Chairman of the Advisory Board of SOA University and former Director of IIT, Kharagpur presided over the meeting which was also addressed by Prof. Anup Samantaray, Dean of IBCS and Dr. Duryodhan Jena, Coordinator of the programme.

Joshi, who congratulated SOA for being ranked 26thin the country among universities by the NIRF recently, offered tips to the students as to how they could develop themselves into excellent personalities. “Know yourself, develop your strengths and identify ways and means to develop in critical areas.”

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Citing the example of a pencil, he said a pencil would not be able to achieve what it was created for unless it allowed itself to be handled by someone and agreed to go through the process of sharpening from time to time. But the piece of lead inside was its most important part, he added.

Prof. Acharya said the SOA University must now think globally and the students strive to fit into the global scenario. They should endeavour to make IBCS the best, at least in the eastern region.

Prof. Samantaray told the students that they should never opt for shortcuts in their pursuit of success but take keen interest in their study and course materials.


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