6 A QUARTERLY NEWS PUBLICATION FROM SRI VISHNU EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY LEADER SPEAK Intarakushon - インタラクション (The Interaction) Masayoshi Tamura, the General Manager of the Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. is in charge of the operations of Hitachi software group in India. His goal is to work in partnership with India. He is the Co- Chair, Japan Council, NASSCOM, and he aims at collaboration between Japan and India. He works in collaboration with Indian companies. He also bridges the industry academia gap by being a part of educational institutions, engineering colleges in particular. Given below are excerpts of his interaction with the staff and students of Vishnu Institute of Technology and Shri Vishnu Engineering College for Women. Masayoshi Tamura built an instant rapport with the students. “I love India” he says with an infectious enthusiasm. He presents the Japanese perspective of Indian culture in terms of cricket and movies. For him, like for other Japanese, India brings to his mind cricket and movies. He likes the movie “Three Idiots” and he identifies himself with the character of Raju in the movie. He likes the “You keep your job, I keep my attitude” kind of thing in the movie and feels it represents the energy and will power of Indians. This rapport now intensifies into affinity as he draws a comparison between India and Japan. The Indian and Japanese ecosystems are well laid out. T H E C U LT U R A L A F F I N I T I E S Mr. Tamura finds similarities between India and Japan. Both the countries share the concept of the three wise monkeys or the three mystic apes. It is a pictorial maxim which embodies the principle "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". The second resemblance is in terms of mythology and folklore. The Hindu Goddess Saraswati is also present in Japanese mythology as Benzaiten. She is one among the seven Japanese Gods of Fortune. She is most often seen carrying a musical instrument called a Biwa. She came from India originally. She was associated with all virtues in movement and in progress. She is the goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music. Amitabha, of Buddhism is the third resemblance. Buddhism is a common religion between India and Japan. I N D I A A N D H I TA C H I For him India is not a business field, it is a field to work. One example is pollution. The garbage segregation system is not effective in Bangalore. Japan experienced such a pollution which caused the Minamata disease resulting in the death of many people. He fears the same for India. Adequate precaution needs to be taken. It is here that Hitachi can support India. Hitachi is a social infrastructure company working for social innovation. It is into power, water, transport and financial services. Moreover, in India there are million people who are not connected to the grid. Hitachi can support them. For Mr. Masayoshi Tamura, India is an exciting country. Technological development is taking place rapidly. Anything can happen in India. He loves to work in India, for India, with India. For him India is a gate way to work for the world. I N D I A N ' J U G A A D ' V S J A PA N E S E I N N O VAT I O N When it comes to engineering, India and Japan have some things in common. The Japanese learn from KAIZEN which is just in time philosophy and the Indians also learn from their past. Indians have Jugaad which is based on frugality and flexibility. Indians can do Jugaad, but the Japanese cannot do it. They have their own restrictions like quality assurance. O P P O R T U N I T I E S Mr. Tamura sees India as a heterogeneous country. The geographical, social, political, religious and cultural diversity is huge and the range and volume of this diversity is absolutely bewildering. On the other hand, he finds Japan to be homogenous. They have a uniform culture and they manage any minor differences, if any. He has an interesting observation to make. On the world map, India is smaller when compared to Greenland. Japan is much smaller. India must project itself on the world. India is a mystery to many Japanese and so is Japan to the Indians. Mr. Tamura makes an effort to bridge the cultural differences and increase the mutual awareness of both the cultures. “I request you Indians to show yourself more to Japan. They don't know you very well”, he quips. The need is sharing of ideas, resources, in short a partnership between the two countries. T H E I N D I A N PA R A D O X Engineers in India develop technologies, work on their products and also do Jugaad. Innovation is in their blood. Some criticize that global innovation companies are yet to emerge in India. But, on the other hand, there are many Indian leaders in the global scenario. D I F F E R E N T I AT O R S The Japanese are slow. But they have their own strengths. They are committed and aim at perfection. For them high quality is the differentiator and they build reliable systems. On the other hand the Japanese find that there is agility and quick action in India. When it comes to time, Japanese are sticklers to punctuality. For them two minutes is 120 seconds where as for Indians time goes on. Mr. Tamurai feels that India with its 1.2 billion populations is a land of huge human talent and resources. Its strength is the huge pool of young, talented, passionate work force. The youngsters are dynamic and have a can do attitude and culture. Mr. Tamura aims at combining the strengths of both the countries. For example, he says, Indians can build the prototypes and the Japanese can then perfect them. “We need people who experiment, who do R & D. kind of things. Indians are good at that. After having tried the output, then the Japanese can perfect them and build a reliable product.” This is being done in software already he points out. For him, Jugaad is strength of the Indians. Another interesting observation made by Mr. Tamura is about the Indian traffic. Indian traffic is chaotic. Actually, it is one of the major problems of India. But on second thoughts, he finds that this chaos caused by traffic turned out to be source of strength. People in India are trained to deal with confusion and chaos. That could probably be one of the reasons why they make good leaders in global organizations. Satya Nadella, an Indian, current CEO of Microsoft, one for example, and Indian CEOs of other MNCs can deal with complicated issues. The labyrinth of Indian traffic must have trained him, he opines. Let's work for the world using your strength. The world is waiting for you.” he calls on a closing note.
ISSUE 13 OCTOBER 2016 LEAD YOUR WAY 7 GOAL POST Pavan Kumar (Raju) Kanteti, ECE (2008-12), BVRIT MS in Information Technology & Management, University of Texas at Dallas Everyone has his own reasons for coming to the US for Masters. My reason was to have a degree in Management and at the same time experience a diverse learning environment and global exposure. With these two ideas in mind, I came to the United States in the fall of 2014 to the University of Texas at Dallas. Usually most of the students who come to the US from India are completely involved in their studies and do not take time for other activities. Considering the amount of money one spends for a foreign degree, this is totally valid. But along with achieving a world class Master's degree, I wanted to take full advantage of the other opportunities that the University provides to shape myself into a better, well learned person. I started off with volunteering for the Indian Students Association (ISA) here, which is the largest Indian Students Association across the United States with more than 2500 students. This part of being active in extra-curriculars was something I learned at BVRIT. During my stay at BVRIT, I was one of the student conveners and creative head for Zealotz 2011. So the participating nature came naturally to me and I interacted with my peers, participated in the club activities and tried to help the organization and I gradually grew from a volunteer to the President of the organization. I lead a team of 25 officers. My take away from this was learning team management and developing leadership skills. I had a chance to work with the likes of the President of the University, the Dallas Police Department etc., when the student community was facing some issues. I got a chance to lead the team that represented India and won 1st place at the International Talent Show, which is a competition among all the nationalities here and UTD has 110 of them. We have organized International Student Pickups 2015 and picked up 1000+ international students from airport and provided temporary accommodation and helped in their smooth transition. We have organized Webinars and Orientations for newly admitted students to help in their smooth transition. These are to name a few of the numerous activities of the organization. From all these, I have learned how to represent a community to the world. I believe this experience taught me more than what an MBA degree would teach me. Along with ISA, I have been a part of other technical clubs and I was awarded with Dean's Impact Scholarship for displaying extraordinary impact to the school. Apart from these, my most cherished stint at the University would be participating in the Business Idea Competition. One of the biggest competitions of the Dallas area that started with more than a 100 teams and filtered down to 6 teams for finals through quarters and semis. The final presentation was to a 1100+ audience and investors and was judged by Mark Cuban of Shark Tanks and owner of the Dallas Mavericks himself. My team mate and I won first place in People's Choice Award, second place in Judge's Award and a cash prize. Being one of the best experiences of my life, this taught me everything from how to make a business pitch to presenting in front of a huge audience to competing with executives who are already running their businesses. I have got investors for my business idea at the same stage and the University is helping me in setting up my business. When other students of Indian origin were only aiming to be the audience at the event, I took the initiation to participate and it made all the difference. Again I can proudly say that BVRIT has prepared me for this. When I was at BVRIT, I participated in the Microsoft Ideation Contest and worked on a project sponsored by them at the BVRIT Innovation Center. So again the roots came from there. When I think of it now, I remember the famous words by Steve Jobs, “the dots only connect backwards.” Just before my graduation, I was awarded with the Student Leader of the Year Award, the highest and most prestigious award for any student at the University with a community of more than 30,000 students. The other Indian who has won this Award was Mr. Naveen Jindal of Jindal Steel in '92. My name was entered into the University's Hall of Fame. At the time of writing this post, I have just received job offers from Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and SunTrust. I'll start working with one of them soon. The reason why I'm telling all these is not boast about myself, but but to make a point to the reader that one has to take full advantage of all the opportunities that come across their way to improve themselves along with studies. And one should never fear to dream big. Learn to participate, take initiative and try new things. Whatever be the result, at the end of the day, all you will have is a wealth of knowledge. Had it not been for my participation, I would have been a regular student who finished off his Masters and took up a job. BVRIT provides you with a waterfall of opportunities. How you make use of them to be a better person will depend on you. I believe no other college in AP invests so much time, money and effort in the overall development of students. If not for BVRIT, I wouldn't have developed this inquisitive nature and willingness to participate which has brought made all the difference in me. I believe there is learning everywhere. Not just in books. I get surprised every time I think about how aptly they have given the tag line 'Universal Learning' to the Vishnu group. A continuous quest for knowledge should be the only goal for any student. You never know how the dots are going to connect. So keep learning and have fun while doing so. If you feel that I can help you or guide you with any suggestions or advice, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject BVRIT or ping me on Facebook. I'll always be happy to help my alma mater. Thank You! Good Luck!