Ever wondered, where the most successful and Iconic Businessmen and Corporate honchos in India completed their Education or for that matter their MBA's. Well, for most of them it was certainly not any Indian Business School but the creme de la creme of Business Schools, namely Harvard Business School (HBS), Stanford Graduate School Of Management (SGSM), MIT and Wharton.
I recently came across this article on MSN Education India, http://education.in.msn.com/news/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4065463 which lists the schools that India's top Businessmen and Industrialists went to. Here's the lowdown:
Source: MSN Education India
Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons
Tata graduated from Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, did his Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1962. Then he went to the US to do Advanced Management Program by Harvard Business School in 1975. This Management course at HBS is designed for someone already in the field who wants to better their prospects.
Ratan Tata is also the chairman of Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Tea, The Indian Hotels Company, Tata Chemicals and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group's revenues have grown nearly 13-fold.
Mukesh Ambani studied in The Scindia School, Gwalior. He is a chemical engineer from the Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai. Mukesh pursued his MBA at Stanford University, USA. With a personal wealth valued at $29 billion by Forbes Magazine, Mukesh Ambani is world's fourth richest and Asia's wealthiest person.
KV Kamath, Non-executive Chairman of ICICI Bank
Kamath was ICICI Bank's Managing Director and CEO from May 1996 to his retirement in April 2009. After completing Higher Secondary and Pre-University from St Aloysius School, Kamath joined the Karnataka Regional Engineering College for Mechanical Engineering. Then, in 1969, he joined the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for his Masters in Business Administration.
Rahul Bajaj, Bajaj Auto
After attending St. Stephen's College Delhi for his BA Economics, and the Government Law College Bombay for LLB, Rahul Bajaj went to the US to do his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1964. Being awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001, Bajaj was listed twentieth on the Forbes India's Richest in 2010.
Anil Ambani completed his Bachelor of Science from Mumbai University. He went to the US to do an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. It is the same university that later honoured Dhirubhai Ambani with the Dean's Medal for setting an outstanding example of leadership. Anil Ambani is the fourth richest man in India, according to Forbes.
Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra
Anand Mahindra graduated from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts and completed his MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston. He is Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra. After Anand's entry, Mahindra & Mahindra started the Kotak Mahindra Bank and Tech Mahindra. The IT section acquired Satyam Computer Services Ltd and renamed it Mahindra Satyam following the 2007 scandal
Adi Godrej, Godrej Group
Adi Godrej did his bachelor's degree and master's degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the family business. One of Indian's richest men, with a net worth of $3.3 billion, Adi Godrej is credited with modernising his family's business.
These schools certainly have a very illustrious alumni. I wonder if they would still be happy to meet new graduates who reach out to Alumni every now and then. Any guesses ?