Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Ray of Hope

Studying in the premier institute like IIMs has its own benefits. One of them is the regular visits/guest lectures by eminent personalities. Yesterday, one of the legends of Modern day India, Dr. E. Sreedharan, the Metroman of India visited our campus and shared his experiences with regard to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC).

What this 70+ Indian has achieved to be called as a legend?
Born in a country, known for delayed Government infrastructure projects & lacklustre government workforce, achieved something that was considered to be impossible. Finished the Phase-I of the Delhi Metro Rail project ahead of schedule. [Remember every 1 day saved = 1.6 crore rupees with regard to the project]. Read about it here in New York Post.

One of my aunts who works as a Principal in a Government college always used to say that the Indian Government has the best of the employees with regard to what they could achieve. [Her logic was that during her days, the best of Indian minds enter the government workforce.] But most of the times this potential remains untapped.

Dr. Sreedharan has shows what can be achieved with the same old Government workforce which for most of the times remains as a butt of our jokes.

Certain Key Points from his lecture:
  • The words 'Vision', 'Mission' & 'Corporate culture' were regularly mentioned as one of the key reasons for their success. Compare this with what i have written about the comical vision of BSNL.
  • Happy to hear from him, a lot of management jargon(like learning effects) that we use in our day-to-day life. It shows that they have worked in a very professional manner.
  • Reverse clocks in each rooms reminding the people about the days left for the deadline.
  • Integrity and Punctuality
  • Use of IT for day-to-day operations
  • Lean and efficient workforce - No clerks and No peons except for those working for the directors.
  • A Big 'NO' to political interference
Seeing people like him, surely gives me a ray of hope that the Indian Government workforce of tomorrow would be able to function much more efficiently.

P.S- For Indian Quizzers, Connect E. Sreedharan & T.N. Seshan.

1 comment:

Sreeram N said...

The thing I like about your blogs is the simplicity of the language used. It's very difficult to use a simple language and maintain it consistently over the years. Hoping to see more of your posts... :)