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" All businessmen - how do they communicate? God knows. Sign language, probably. "
" 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. "
" There is only one entity which I built, which is HCL. And the legacy which I want to leave behind that is in my name. There is only one thing which bears my name in the doorsteps - that is only the University and the foundation. And that legacy will not have a price tag. "
" You have to be very skilled in this industry. I grew in this industry; we created the very beginnings of this industry. We made the first PCs (personal computers) in the world. "
" Any institutions' alumni are key to its growth. We are focused on giving a global experience to our students. "
" To us, the definition of philanthropy is what we spend. A P&L account means expenditure, lines of revenue. There is a surplus; it goes to the balance sheet. A transparent foundation should disclose this. "
" 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. "
" I firmly believe that philanthropy is most effective and outcome-oriented when you ensure that your pledge actually gets spent. "
" Globally, as work is re-distributed to various countries, infrastructure will have to be managed remotely. "
" Supposing I write out a cheque for a billion dollars to the foundation, does it mean anything? There must be evidence of philanthropy. Otherwise, I'm sitting with that money, earning interest exactly the way in my holding company. "
" 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. "
" When you are running a business, there is a constant need to reinvent oneself. One should have the foresight to stay ahead in times of rapid change and rid ourselves of stickiness in any form in the business. "
" I was a very good student. But I didn't have the latitude to study more. I was never allowed to do anything cross-disciplinary. Why can't an engineering student learn physics? "
" Major forces that have contributed to the evolution of philanthropy in India in the pre-modern era have mainly been driven by religion, family, and society. The Hindu teaching of 'daan' or 'giving' is present in different ways in almost every celebration or ritual. "
" I am good at conceptualizing and building institutions. "
" Shiv Nadar University has five schools with 16 departments offering 14 undergraduate, 10 master's and 13 doctoral programmes. The demand for engineering courses - computer science, engineering, electronics, communication engineering, mechanical engineering - is slightly on the higher side compared to other engineering courses. "
" Any school which wants to create an impact on the society should work on creating leaders. "
" The need is schools dedicated exclusively to the rural segment. If we have a child from a village and a city studying in the same class room, the former is bound to lag behind because children from the urban areas have a better start. "
" Our belief is that aspirations, meritocracy, and a world class institution are the three ingredients our country needs. "
" I was with top CEOs in 2009, and they were clearly shaken. Top leaders of Wall Street and elsewhere, shaken. The ones at the top did get by because if they are seeing a decline somewhere, there is also growth elsewhere, like in emerging economies. "
" My student days in PSG saw three Prime Ministers, two wars, taught us courage, resilience, leadership and optimism. "
" If you have excellent people, then you have to give them the power. "
" The government of India is consistently very advanced. When the world was hesitant on UNIX, we were the first to move in; the RBI said that all banks will implement on UNIX. It worked! "
" Like education, healthcare also needs to be given importance. "
" The IP is a completely different side of the IT, and that is what we want Vijayawada for. "
" When I got started in my own engineering course, my interest in physics and maths was very high. After all, engineering is all about applied maths and physics. If I were to learn anything further in physics or mathematics, it simply was not there. "
" The anti-Hindi agitation changed the entire face of Tamil Nadu with a local party emerging on the top, relegating the Congress. "
" Education is taken for granted. Teaching shops are different from building character. "
" It is good to start as young as you can. What is more important is to carve out your vision and assess your readiness to start giving. Commitment and purpose are core to giving. "
" Most people make poor partners because their mental script has a defect. They believe focus means looking after their own interests. It's a script error. "
" I have talked about the 'fractal organization'. Those smaller pieces should innovate and lead the rest of the organization. There will be parts that will be thinking about technologies of the future, and you need to nourish them. "