Who Am I?know a bit more about Nikhil Nanda
When I was in class 6, I went up to my father and told him that I want to go to a boarding school. He was shocked to hear me say that, because he had spent all his life in a boarding school as my grandfather was busy building the company. Due to his hectic travels and many changes of moving his home, my father missed having a normal family life and promised himself not to repeat this with his kids. So my asking was indeed a shock for him.
Why did I want to venture out to a boarding school?
Because I wanted to see the real world and get out of my comfort zone.
Was it right?
I don’t know, but my voice told me that I needed to do this.The travel to Dehradun on a DTC bus for eight hours, sleeping on a “charpie ” under a broken fan were lessons that makes me value many things that we all take for granted. My most important lessons of being in the school was to meet and make friends from all across the country.
At the end of schooling I was still restless and wanted to learn more and see more and this craving took me to Philadelphia, at UPENN the Wharton business school . This was one of my best days of my life, because the experience was so different. Everything about it was opposite to the way we were taught. At my first lesson in a management class at Wharton, I was told that there is no correct answer to the case which we were told to discuss. They told us, as long as you can logically explain your conclusions and even if half the class were to argue the opposite way, you could still get an A. The emphasis here was to make the students think, through participation and active collaboration. Perhaps this is why I am so eager to build a thinking organization at Escorts.
Today I am as restless as I was then, but today it’s about making Escorts a blue chip company. The potential of the agriculture and infrastructure segment in India is huge and by 2030 India and China will dominate 75 percent of the world economy and with this share of opportunity, we will make Escorts amongst the largest companies in the world, why just India?
I have always trusted my gut and so far I have not gone wrong ! We will do this together ..