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The Indian CAT on a hot tin roof-The great Goof up on 28th Nov

The CAT examination went on line in India for the first time last week end and went off line soon thereafter for almost 20 percent of candiadtes who took this test!

News of this debacle was flashed all over the print and electronic media throughout the country amidst many a heart beats almost stopping. We all know the great frenzy which normally accompanies this premier gateway to IIM’s in the country paving the way for fame and prosperity in the highly competitive corporate world. This anti-climax was a show stopper for the fame and glory of india’s premier family of business schools and the expected “blame game” followed. Server crash, power outage, overloading of system etc .

What actually went wrong? Was it a system failure or process failure? Did someone carry out all the tests including simulated load tests? Where is the weakest link? How do you prevent such shocks to participants in future?. Valid questions needing answers from the authorities.  One cannot help remembering R K Laxman’s famous cartoon in “The Hindu” showing a SLV [satellite launch vehicle] being transported to the launch site in a bullock cart when India launched its first SLV from Sriharikpota[SHAR].

May be the bullock cart metaphor fits the bill here for the power outages – a normal occurence in our country. Let every one learn a lesson from this avoidable public exposure in future and ensure a full due diligence done before LAUNCH.

Developing Student Leaders

The 3rd of February 2008 is a new landmark day in the annals of leadership practice globally. This day has witnessed a truly home grown “Made in India” initiative by the Project Management Institute [PMI], Pearl City Chapter[PCC], Hyderabad who took the path breaking step of declaring this day as “The International Student Leadership Day” and organized a congregation of more than 500 students in the age group of 12 to 22 and initiated them to the concept of leadership. The students took a pledge to practice leadership and demonstrated the spirit of leadership with a 3 KM walk on the necklace road carrying the national flag and singing patriotic songs all the way. This simple but impressive event was also organized at Delhi and Pune and also at Washington DC under PMI arrangements.

It is generally accepted that leaders are made and not born. If this is true, why not initiate leaders young at the student stage. This is the motive behind the PMI initiative and in the years to come, this step will be remembered as a great international movement. In the prevailing leadership crisis globally, we need fresh thoughts on leadership and new perspectives for execution. The “Leadership Body of Knowledge[LBOK] being developed by PMI PCC on the lines of PMBOK[Project management body of knowledge]of PMI, USA will have far reaching impact on the society at large soon.

The LBOK works on six edicts to develop young leaders who will be visionaries, execution champions, continuous learners, excellent communicators, extra ordinary team players and those who will willingly run an extra mile and all this in the spirit of volunteerism. A great concept to develop future industry and nation ready leaders which needs our whole hearted support and encouragement.

I was privileged to be present during this occasion at the Hyderabad event.