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All Quotes by author - Shiv Nadar
" A 5-acre school each in Noida and Gurgaon is what we have; it costs Rs. 50 crore to buy the land and another Rs. 50 crore to build the property. That's the capital cost alone. "
" Adaptability and constant innovation is key to the survival of any company operating in a competitive market. "
" A founder can carry an institution only so far, and then others have to step in, even the alumni. That's how an institution becomes one. "
" After Independence, there were periods of very high taxation. So you didn't create wealth, how will you distribute it? When was the first time capital gains tax was introduced? It was 1992 March. Till then, everything was taxed one way. "
" All businessmen - how do they communicate? God knows. Sign language, probably. "
" An 18-year-old is good enough for our business, and we can teach them engineering in two years. "
" Any institutions' alumni are key to its growth. We are focused on giving a global experience to our students. "
" Any organisation has to go through at least one depression to see how it survives, and a normal economic cycle takes seven years. "
" Any school which wants to create an impact on the society should work on creating leaders. "
" A press statement may be given with a very good intention, but it says nothing beyond it. If it comes from corporations they run, then it is corporate social responsibility (CSR). That's different from philanthropy. CSR is a lot of shareholders, including me. "
" A residential school also takes cares of the problem of malnourishment and interaction with their peers, and their teachers help build the qualities of a leader. "
" As a product of education, I have always believed in the power of education as the most powerful, high-impact catalyst for transformation. Look at the impact that the Indian Institutes of Technology have had globally. "
" At the undergraduate level, SNU has a unique 'Opportunities for Undergraduate Research' programme. Students are encouraged to undertake research programmes at the undergraduate level and get trained in the interdisciplinary research. "
" At what age did Warren Buffett come into philanthropy? At 76. He gave a very good reason. He said his wife was considerably younger than him. And all Americans believe they would live till 80, and they do live till 80. He told his wife that when he is gone, she should take care of whatever they need to do. "
" Buffett gave significant portions of his wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett made money for 50 years before he donated. "
" Each quarter, Indian IT firms publish their results, and these are broadcast on CNBC. From the comfort of their boardrooms, executives say how many new employees have been added, how many more Fortune 500 companies have been signed up as clients, how many million-dollar companies were added, and so on. "
" Education is and will be the most powerful tool for individual and social change, and we must do all that it takes to facilitate it. "
" Education is a very large area, and we have our hands full. For example, SSN has to become a university; we have to keep adding departments like it is with universities in the U.S. "
" Education is taken for granted. Teaching shops are different from building character. "
" Even before the world had any cognizance of India as an economy, HCL had made a mark with its microprocessor in the '80s. HCL pioneered modern computing. "
" Globally, as work is re-distributed to various countries, infrastructure will have to be managed remotely. "
" Government, in its ultimate form, is the biggest philanthropher based in the world. And Bill Gates also said that he could do a small part of what the government can do, which is business philanthropy, equalling people and making sure there is inclusiveness. "
" HCL is a corporation. It is for profits. A corporation stands for its shareholders, its profits, its employees, its discoveries, and its customers. "
" I admire companies that give back to communities. It is an absolute essential for organizations to watch, mitigate, and improve their impact on the environment, people, communities, their health and overall well-being. But this is a necessary condition, not a sufficient condition. "
" I am good at conceptualizing and building institutions. "
" I believe good corporate governance is critical in enhancing competitiveness and creating industry - leading profitable growth and superior returns for every stakeholder of the institution. "
" I firmly believe that philanthropy is most effective and outcome-oriented when you ensure that your pledge actually gets spent. "
" If you are calm about your ambitions, you become confident of achieving what you set out to do. "
" If you get to think of sharing wealth with people who need it and the purposes that need it, it gives a very different sense of satisfaction. I think I can build an institution which is very unlike the Gates' foundation. Gates' foundation is totally project-driven, that will serve a specific purpose and then self-destruct. "
" If you go to Wall Street, there is someone from Harvard, Stanford, etc, who relate to each other by the batch they studied in, the dorm they lived in, and so on. "
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