How NOT to choose a Private University in India!



If you are a student who has just finished writing your grade 12 exams in India or If you are a parent of a student who has just finished writing his/her grade 12 exams in India. This post is for both of you.

As the race to enter India’s premier state funded well known institutions becomes more competitive  read CRAZY every year. We now have a very substantial population of students who have to look for a place in the numerous Private Universities mushrooming across the country and as you begin the process of shortlisting some of these Universities as prospective places where your children can devote next 3-4 years of their life and you can invest a substantial part of your hard earned financial resources, I thought, it will be prudent if I could share a few points on how you should NOT shortlist a prospective private University and If any of the below points is true in a University case, my advice to you is simple- BOLT just run away from that choice and look for better motivations to join a University in first place.

1. I can join this University because ” It is near to my house and 4 years is a long time to spend away from home”

2. I can join this University because ” It has a beautiful campus with a swimming pool in it”

3. I can join this University because ” This is the place for Film Stars to promote their movies and they come at least twice every year!”

4. I can join this University because ” The crowd in the University is really Hip!”

5. I can join this University because Some of the Private  “Leading” Business Magazine Rankings put this Uni in its Top 10 List!”

6. I can join this University because ” The AVERAGE placement figures of its graduates are really good!”

7. I can join this University because ” They have a really good 10 days International Exchange Program to Singapore!” (Read International Holiday)

And, the worst of all;

8. I can join this University because ” Hey, couple of my friends are joining the same and both of them sound smarter than me!”

Choosing a University is a life time decision and it is a time consuming process with no one strategy that fits all but still, If you are choosing a University because of any of the above reasons. Think Again and ask for help with a good career counselor in your city!

I will follow up this post with points on “How to Choose a Private University” soon.

Wish you all the best!



P.S: I wrote this post initially on my Linked in Profile over here!


A moral story about ignoring warning signs in school!


This is the story of a boy from a middle class family, who lived in a sleepy suburb near Delhi. He was studying in Class 10th with a happy family, like all boys, he was celebrated and pampered. His parents loved him and his younger sister adored him. He was the apple of their eyes. The boy although was a little shy and chubby, to the extent of being Lazy but no one in the family seem to be bothered about it and certainly not the boy himself.

When in School, he was another average kid, he did not know why but he felt lost in the crowd, not able to make sense of the usefulness of studying Algebra and History. He felt a little out of place and took shelter in being a little disconnected from his surroundings although couple of Teachers did tell him that he had potential which he was faltering away but unfortunately none could pin point or rectify the reason for his disconnect. He too had a feeling of being incomplete of not living up to something but what was that “something” he could not find out.

School went by as fast as it had come. The time had come for our boy to choose a career, will it be Science or will it be Commerce. He was confused. The opinion of his friends around him added to his confusion. He had been in School for 12 years but he did not know what is it that he wanted to do in future. Although one thing he knew was that he loved studying Literature but he did not know If a career could be made out of it. Leave alone that, he had no idea of the implications this decision would have on his life.

So, he went about taking advice, he went to his family, who like all middle class parents wanted their son to be either Doctor or an Engineer. Literature was out of question as it was treated to be a little too “Feminine”.He consulted his friends, who too shared the same opinion. He was a little taken aback with the prospect of studying Maths and Science but as was the case with our boy he choose to go with the flow and landed up in Science. After all it was just the matter of studying Maths and Science for next 2 years, he thought. During the next 2 years he did what others were doing, went for IIT coaching, after school tuitions became a norm, his family supported him blindly. Their Son was on his way to glory, or so did they thought. Nobody saw the signs of him struggling with grades or being disinterested in class.

But, the boy always felt something missing, he could not understand why he hated going to  maths classes, why studying was such a pain, why he felt suffocated but he could never make sense of these signs. After all he thought this was his only destiny and he carried on resigned to his fate. He Never went far with science but his father was there. Supporting him as always, wanting the best for his son, even if it meant having to send him to a costly private engineering college.

College came and went but the boy again could not make sense of any distress signals. Teachers not giving due attention, Not being able to get the kind of returns for the efforts that he used to put in. But, he carried on, at least his family was happy and he had his friends around. Not surprisingly,The only classes he really enjoyed during those 4 years were all not related to Science or Engineering. Time passed and the graduation day arrived. All of his friends got jobs easily, while he had to work his heart out to end up in one. He never really knew what was he supposed to do in a job, He had only worked to get one because everyone around him was doing so.Not to be left behind, he made sure that he got one and made his family proud.

He joined a Blue Chip IT company, everybody was so proud even he was happy and proud. At last he had proved himself but that suffocation and negativity carried on with him even in job. Everyday at job he had to force himself to work. His colleagues got recognition while he did at best a mediocre job. Everyday he put in more hours at work but he just could not compete. At last the signs caught up with him. He could no longer work under this pressure of living a mediocre Life, a Life of being an achiever in others eye, while being a failure in his own.

He started listening to his heart, got the self confidence going in his abilities and at last realised his potential. He started reading literature, writing a blog, did an MBA in Marketing, started doing what he loved doing and more importantly got the respect of those around him.

Today that boy is well on his way towards his goal, although the journey for him has just about begun. He his happy and satisfied, that he at last is moving in the right direction. Only regret that the boy has is If only he would not have ignored the warning signs earlier, he would not have to go through all these years of struggle but then I guess, this journey has only made him stronger for the battles of Life ahead.

This is a true story and that boy is me. I have learnt the lesson of my Life the hard way. My story carries a message for a wide section of the society especially Student Community. Although, I will agree a lot of awareness has come in since the year of 99, when I went to school, I still find these messages of equal importance.

As the CBSE results day draws closer and college admission rush begins, my simple advice to student community will be- “Think a lot more before zeroing in on a specific course!”. Do it only if you are 100% sure. Lot of your time and investment will go into college, choose wisely.Always keep the larger picture in mind. Do not be myopic and take career decisions under peer pressure. Try to see yourself 5 years down the line and visualise if you would be happy in the field that you are choosing and finally, Do not ignore the Warning Sign, if you have to drag your body into the class without your heart in it.

I wish you all the best!

Disclaimer: For my story to reach out to a wider audience, I have made this blog post an entry in Colgate Moral of the Story Contest– ( A Blog on keeping a track of warning signs for your gums!)



Weird Reasons-Why MBA?

I have been part of the MBA bandwagon for last many years now, first was struggling to crack CAT exams for couple of years through coaching centers,  then, joined and completed an MBA program, and now am working for Business School, and all the while I have been really active online on community forums for MBA aspirants, which has given me some understanding of not only all the right reasons for why people want to do an MBA but also some of the weird reasons that make people to do MBA.( to say nothing of the inflated pay packages that MBA aspirants dream of!)


Some of the Weird Reasons of Why MBA?

1. I want to get married, an MBA degree will increase my market price in the marriage economy 

High in number, these kind of aspirants are looking for an MBA tag so that, they can be priced highly in the marriage bazaar and the increase is directly proportional to the fee of the MBA program that they are doing. #sadbuttrue 

2. I do not want to get married!

Another category high in demand, these aspirants want to run away from the marriage bazaar that their family wants them to be auctioned too! 

3. I want to stay away from my family, go out there and explore the world!

Typically these aspirants have not stayed out of their home town, have always lived with their families, MBA gives them that last opportunity to move out of there secure home and explore their true potential.

4. I want to enjoy 2 years of my life, it would be like a extended holiday

Now, what should I say, there is this section of the MBA aspirant junta that just wants to enjoy the 2 years of life and MBA forms just the by product of that enjoyment. Nothing wrong in that, If you have the moolah and the time, why not spend it. 

5. My brother/sister/friend did it, now my family wants me to follow

The old Indian herd mentality, he did it, so should I and sadly, it forms a major chunk of aspirants.

6. I want to meet the Business school brand ambassador once!

Now, these category of students have only once place to head to, and you know the name, don’t you?



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