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" Any organisation has to go through at least one depression to see how it survives, and a normal economic cycle takes seven years. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" There is a disconnect in education and work. And corporates don't do a great job of skilling. In future, corporates and educational institutions will work closely. "
" 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. "
" I would like to share something that is being done extremely well by Bill Gates through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation is only going to address areas which are seen by Bill or Melinda as ills of the world. The foundation has no perpetuity. "
" 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. "
" We didn't create an institution to increase land value or asset value. "
" 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. "
" If you are calm about your ambitions, you become confident of achieving what you set out to do. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" What happens to a private company that comes out with a quarterly report and an annual report? It gives transparency. It talks of basic issues of governance and transactions with related parties. "
" My colleagues and I were engineers who worked for DCM's calculator division. These electronic calculators used digital integrated circuits, and then they started using chips. The advanced versions of those chips were used for programmable calculators, which were the forerunners of PCs. "
" Globally, as work is re-distributed to various countries, infrastructure will have to be managed remotely. "
" The anti-Hindi agitation changed the entire face of Tamil Nadu with a local party emerging on the top, relegating the Congress. "
" I was born in Tamil Nadu. I built HCL in UP. The first computers of the world were built in UP, and the UP government has supported us all through. "
" The 1980s were fantastic. This was a time when we were at the peak of our creative work. The question of whether we would exist or not - something which everybody used to ask, including ourselves - stopped. Profits kept pace with growth requirements. HCL had credibility - that was the biggest barrier we had to break. "
" HCL is a corporation. It is for profits. A corporation stands for its shareholders, its profits, its employees, its discoveries, and its customers. "
" Re-skilling has to be much wider with a strong foundation. "
" Buffett gave significant portions of his wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett made money for 50 years before he donated. "
" 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. "
" My daughter has no interest in succeeding me in the business. She is going towards social entrepreneurship, an area she is interested in. "
" Like education, healthcare also needs to be given importance. "
" India's connection with philanthropy didn't begin with western influences. The connection with philanthropy is age-old and ingrained in our value systems. "
" The SSN Institute will be expanded in areas such as liberal arts, social sciences, natural sciences, communications. "
" 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. "
" The future consists of cross specialisation; that is how university systems abroad have evolved. "
" 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. "
" In South, getting admission in SSN is not possible just because someone is my relative. One of the ministers said SSN is the only institution where I can't get a seat for anyone. That's true of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi governments, too. "
" I was the seventh child in a family of eight siblings. We lost our father very young, and my mother had pretty much single-handedly brought us up. "