As a part of the Inspiring Leaders Talk 2018, Inspiria Knowledge Campus was proud to host Ms. Debjani Ghosh, President NASSCOM on the 30th of November 2018 that marked the final day of the programme.
Debjani Ghosh is the 5th President of The National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM), veteran of the technology industry, and a champion of gender diversity in corporate India, Ms. Debjani was the first woman to lead Intel India, Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), and presently NASSCOM.
Ms. Debjani Ghosh commented on the scenic campus that the college hosts and highly appreciated the modernity of the institute in terms of infrastructure and facilities offered. She spoke about how her firm belief in herself along with an undauntable spirit to achieve led to an illustrious career spanning over two decades where she held diverse leadership roles across geographies in South and Southeast Asia at Intel.
A firm believer in the power of technology in enhancing lives and livelihoods and leveraging it for societal good, Ms. Ghosh is also an advocate of women empowerment and believes firmly in inclusive growth in organizations in terms of equal opportunity and exposure.
She led a highly interactive session with students and strongly asserted that will power, career focus and strong devotion to one’s career will ultimately lead to success be it working for an organization of repute or intiating and continuing an entrepreneurial pursuit.
She spoke about how she was the first non-engineer to have made to Intel and grown and learnt exponentially over the years as her firm belief in herself was instrumental in steering her career growth and asked students of Inspiria Knowledge Campus to imbibe the same spirit of courage and desire to strive for and excel in their chosen fields.
Students from various streams of Inspiria Knowledge Campus questioned Ms. Debjani on ‘career choices to be made’, ‘dichotomy of choosing between further education vis-a-vis getting into jobs’ and ‘initiating start-ups’. Ms. Debjani replied to a flurry of questions by saying that “it’s a personal choice between choosing higher education and jobs” but at a personal level she upheld the necessity for practical training which enables learning and growth. She also said that knowledge and information about career choices must be gained and adjusted with real world scenarios to obtain a realistic understanding of employment opportunities that lies in front of young graduates.
Ms. Debjani Ghosh spoke about how Artificial Intelligence has already started to replace many components of jobs and how by 2022 artificial intelligence would be able to replace many basic human jobs that are repetitive by nature. She quoted Alibaba founder Jack Ma who said that schools and colleges should teach students how to be different from machines and said that one must go on making milestones in one’s career despite obstacles that may come along the pathway.
Students were engrossed with the interaction and they benefited immensely by being imparted with knowledge-led clarity on career choices which greatly expanded their mental horizons and inner motivation to excel.