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Guru Mantra: Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, CEO, Zensar

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
Vice Chairman & CEO of Zensar Technologies

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Vice Chairman & CEO of Zensar Technologies, a Global firm that transforms Technology and Processes for Fortune 500 companies. He is also President of the IT Sector and a member of the Management Board of the 3.25 billion USD RPG Group. He is also the Chairman for IT and ITES, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

An alumnus of IIT Bombay and the Harvard Business School, Ganesh is a fellow of the Computer Society of India and chairs the Higher Education forum of the Confederation of Indian Industries in Western India. He is a member of the Board of Governors of NITIE Mumbai and member of the Executive Council and Chairmen’s Council of NASSCOM.

Ganesh is the author of three McGraw Hill Books on Business Process Reengineering and Knowledge Management and recent publications on the IT industry and inspired leadership. He was recognized by Ernst & Young for exceptional entrepreneurship and h…

Guru Mantra: Savita Mahajan, Associate Dean, ISB

Savita Mahajan
Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad
Associate Dean- Strategic Initiatives, Admissions, Career Services, and Alumni Relations Chief Executive- Mohali Campus
Savita has been associated with the ISB since its inception in 2001. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Economics from Delhi University, Savita did her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in 1981. Since then, she has worked in several Indian organisations, including Maruti Udyog Limited, Bharat Technologies, Karvy Consultants, and Intergraph India, in diverse industry sectors, including automobiles, engineering, financial services and software. At Karvy and Intergraph, she was Head of Strategy and Organisation Development. Savita has carried out consulting and training assignments for corporations and development organisations, including GE Capital, the Planning Commission, the World Bank, and the Tibetan Government in exile of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. She is a member of the GMAT S…

International Vocational Education: Is Australia Winning?

According to the recent figures released by the Australian Education International, enrollment of Indian students in the Australian universities has increased by 38% as comapred to last year. As on March 09, there were nearly 75,000 Indian students enrolled in the Australian education institutions. A closer look into the numbers reveal two interesting patterns of enrollment of Indian students in Australia:

1. Majority of the Indian students in Australia are enrolled in vocational education and training sector (VET) and not higher education [47,067 (62%) in VET and 22,387 (30%) in higher education].
2. VET sector in Australia is witnessing a rapid growth in enrollment from Indian students (see Table)

These trends are in contrast to the enrollment patterns in the US universities where nearly 70% of the Indian students are enrolled at the master's and doctoral level programs (IIE OpenDoors). According to the IIE OpenDoors report 2007/08, India ranked #1 in terms of total number of in…

Guru Mantra: Vivek Wadhwa, Duke/Harvard

Vivek Wadhwa is a senior research associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and an executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. He helps students prepare for the real world, lectures in class and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is also an advisor to several start-up companies, a columnist for and a contributor to several international publications. Since joining Duke University in August 2005, he has researched globalization, its impact on the engineering profession and the sources of the U.S. competitive advantage. Detailed profile.

Q. What do you find exciting about your transition from business to academia?
VW. That I am able to make an impact. I have been surprised at how well my management, analytical and communication/marketing skills applied to academia. With the assistance of top academics, I have been able to perform and publish seminal research on a several topics. Each of …