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What do the new CEO of Microsoft, a Michelin starred super-chef, the CEO of Nokia Solutions & Network, and India’s first professional woman surfer have in common? They are Manipal ex-students who have scaled professional heights in diverse fields like technology, sports and haute-cuisine.
September 26, 2014
What do the new CEO of Microsoft, a Michelin starred super-chef, the CEO of Nokia Solutions & Network, and India’s first professional woman surfer have in common?
Apart from being trailblazers in various walks of life, they are Manipal ex-students who have scaled professional heights in diverse fields like technology, sports and haute-cuisine. Perhaps what sets them apart is also that they have stayed true to their core values even as they seek out the world.
Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella, with a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Telecommunications from Manipal Institute of Technology in 1987, was appointed CEO of Microsoft in February 2014. It makes him the most powerful Indian-born tech executive in the world, says Reuters.
‘Satya’s great achievement has done Manipal Institute of Technology and Manipal Academy of Higher Education proud,’ beamed the University Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai, upon hearing the news of Satya’s appointment.
Khanna runs the foundation "South Asian Kids’ Infinite Vision" (SAKIV) to focus on crises that demand urgent action such as tsunami and hurricane relief.
“Vision of Palate” is another initiative by Khanna, a workshop developed to educate people with visual disabilities about the sense of taste, flavor and aromas.
Rajeev Suri appointed as CEO of Nokia Solutions & Networks in 2014, passed out from Manipal Institute of Technology in 1989. Rajeev has presided over consistently improving results, leading to a successful turnaround and restructuring of Nokia, through difficult times.
Ishita Malaviya is India’s first professional woman surfer, and a 2010 graduate from Manipal. She set up the Shaka Surf Club in 2007 with Tushar Pathiyan in the small fishing village of Kodi Bengre close to her alma mater.
She says, “Little did we know that our decision to move from the big city of Bombay to the small university town of Manipal to pursue our respective careers would change our lives forever. It was five years ago, while studying in Manipal, that we caught our very first waves and it was magical!”
This change-maker not only teaches the local community swimming, surfing, and water safety, but also educates them on ecological and environmental issues. She is tipped to scale heights greater than the 15-feet waves she often rides in the ocean.
At Manipal, we nurture, encourage and prepare our students to follow their dreams; we instil a belief that the sky is their limit, and so, a large number of our alumni do indeed touch the sky.
Here’s what yet another Manipal alumnus, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and MIT graduate of 1981, has to say: “Manipal toughened me. It taught me independence and transformed me from a shy high school boy to a person who could live independently in the US. The city has now grown but its heart and soul remains what it was 20 years ago—full of young students with dreams in their heart.”
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