As part of IIM Raipur Corporate Interaction program, Mr. T K Dhar, former Managing Director and Board of Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, visited the campus on 22nd September 2011. During the discussion, he opened up the new dimensions by stating that it is people who matter most for any organization, group or nation.
He said while deciding the “vision and mission” for life, three things should be kept in mind – Innovation, entrepreneurship and social cause. He said that motivation of social cause has infused a lot of funds in India in last decade. One of the important events enabling all this transformation was PAN IIT 2006 conference held in Mumbai where visionary president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam addressed NRI’s from all over the world.
He further added that high growth rate of our nation needs to be supplemented with growth of most underprivileged sections of the society. While looking for the growth of the nation, three aspects need to be emphasized – inclusiveness, sustainability and micro financing. He cited the example Nobel Prize winning Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus to emphasize the importance of micro financing. Education, healthcare and access to clean water remain the most important areas to work upon irrespective of any stage of growth. He cited the example of Sathya Sai Baba whose organization did a lot of work on healthcare, education and water management.
He quoted Vivekananda’s saying “Those only live who live for others” to emphasize the service to others. He reminded that leaders like J R D Tata always aspired for a “happy” nation rather than for a “superpower.” TATA’s developed excellent basic amenities around their plants in Jamshedpur. PSU’s in India have also been doing justice to Corporate Social Responsibilities since decades. He took up the example of Toyota to adopt values like continuous improvement, respect for people, long term perspective and servant leadership. He ended the lecture citing Lincoln’s perseverance and quoting Gandhiji’s philosophy “The earth has enough to satisfy everybody's need but not anybody’s greed.”