Not IITs, Nadella’s rise proves you need to dream big
Not IITs, Nadella’s rise proves you need to dream big. It’s a perpetual mindset, an obsession or even a pet peeve. If Nadella can make it big on American soil, why can’t somebody from a lesser known college or small town? After all, it’s all about enterprise, hard work and American soil now.
For a million plus students, who sacrifice the best three years of their adolescence, but still fail to make it anywhere close to the IITs, have a new rockstar to look up to - Satya Nadella. The man who will head Bill Gates’ company is not from any of the IITs that gave us global heroes such as Rajat Gupta, Raghuram Rajan or Vinod Khosla, but to the Manipal Institute of Technology, a modest engineering college that is ranked way below the IITs.
Incidentally, he also hails from a state that’s crazy about IITs and run training sweatshops. IITs vs other engineering institutions has been a never ending argument among upwardly mobile students, their families and education circles. Internet forums are replete with such discussions, most of which are either blatant promotions of private engineering colleges or the disgruntlement of students who couldn’t make it to the IITs. To prove a point, they even try to compile lists of non-IITians who have made it big in the global tech world.