“The need of the hour for the country is leadership and management”- Nitin Gadkari2 min read
Manipal: The 22nd Leadership Lecture held on March 28 at T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) hosted Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, on the topic of Education for Development.
Gadkari, in his brief speech mainly focused on how the lack of initiative and entrepreneurship skill was the only factor that hindered the developmental process. He pointed the government’s core problem of delayed decision making, lack of leadership skills and a blurred vision.
He stated that the problem was not with money or technology. ‘’The only way to ensure change is to have a vision, a focused approach, team work and commitment. In order to drive change, one must understand the basic management fundamentals. A decision making capability combined with fast track judgment, transparency, courage and dedication are quintessential to thrive.’’ he explained.
Citing examples of his own, he narrated how he managed to convince ISRO scientists in carrying out research on lithium ion batteries for buses, for which he had a budget of 50 lakh, but managed to get it done only at a price of 5 lakh. On being asked about the career potential in the Road and Transport sector, Gadkari revealed that the technical and financial criteria for new students in road and highway sectors were to be reduced by 50%.
Gadkari concluded with the thought that only those with a will can achieve something, for those without will, discussions, seminars and surveys will continue to exist.
Earlier that day Gadkari viewed the national and international award winning projects displayed by students of Manipal Institute of technology (MIT) at their campus. ‘’This was an important visit for the students of MIT, since so many ongoing projects have been taking place. It was a great experience for them to showcase and discuss the technical aspects of their projects with Gadkari. It helped students understand how they can pitch in and make space for themselves in this sector. ‘’ said Dr. G.K. Prabhu, Director of MIT after the event.
The gathering was attended by more than 450 students and included Chancellor of MU, Dr. Ramdas Pai and his son Ranjan Pai, Vice Chancellor and Registrar of MU, Director of TAPMI, Dr. R. C. Natarajan and a few other dignitaries and professors.
Edited by Sakhi Todi