Life of Steve Jobs, Some Lessons

I never expected that on a day after Vijya Dasami, all the national newspapers, Hindustan Times, Indian Express or Times of India including the pink ones such as Financial Express or Economic Times in the editions from all metros will have so much of coverage of Steve Jobs and his life. I consider it as great success of globalization. I wish the local language newspapers would have also covered Steve in the similar manner. People reading the language papers are many more and would have been benefited. Unfortunately, as much as I know, the language journalists hardly keep themselves updated on any topics other than local politics.

I am really indebted to the media for providing me and millions with so much of inspiring information about Steve Jobs (Images), the great designer, and visionary business leader.

Steve proved that a genius does neither need a great parentage nor great education career. Steve’s thrust on the excellence of design and technology also proved that the academic preference of the Indian youths, even engineers from IITs and other great technological institutes, for management courses is not desirable. Steve proved that a great product is a great business too.

I got surprised to know that Steve in his very early life had learnt about India’s gurus while in US. I don’t still know how he got the idea of coming to India in search of such a miracle man. Fortunately, he didn’t get one.

B. S. Raghavan’s article in Businessline of Hindu Group- ‘When will India have its own Jobs?’ made me feel like thinking and writing on the subject. Raghavan asks, ‘When will India have its own SteveJobs? Or Gates Or Larry Page, and Sergey Brin?’

Indian top management doesn’t encourage talent, can’t tolerate rational dissent and doesn’t appreciate the failures. It will take many years for Indians to appreciate Ramanujam and many like him who are there or have already got vanquished and vanished or gone away.

Right at this moment I know a boy who is class XII and has very good practical knowledge in computer and its working. But none even after knowing his strength will like to see him pursue that in right manner, or the educational system will accommodate a person like him. Everyone keeps telling him to score high marks in his school examinations that includes Hindi, English or some other subject. Why can’t the school system allow a student to select one subject of the student’s interest and facilitate him to know the most about the subject and be judged on basis of his performance in that subject?

The government as usual hardly bothers. Why should an IITian without at least a five years experience in industry be allowed to pursue management courses and that too in financial subjects in IIMs? Why should the industry be paying so high to the management students? Instead why is the industry not collaborating with the institutes of technology and engineering to make the course relevant to its requirement? Why can’t the industry pay significantly more to a good M.Tech and Ph.D than what it does today?

Going back to the schools, why should the state level education put the life histories of politicians instead of Ambani, Raman, or Khorana and Chandrasekhar in the text books?

The government and the intellectuals even with little concern about the future generation must see how the major mass of the population starts talking and discussing many other essentials subjects of concerns for the country instead of politics.

But let me go with Raghavan who concludes his article with some hope for India. “Electronics Association of the US recently asked in a survey where the next Bill Gates will come from; 40 per cent of Americans predicted that he would be from either India or China. Amen (despite being bracketed with China)!” One would see a flicker of that hope in the India’s first tablet that was launched almost on the day Steve Jobs left this world.

So we can still hope for a Steve Jobs from India.
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