Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal is the most recent alumnus of India’s prestigious technical universities appointed to go a multi-billion-dollar US tech agency, and Shivani Nandgaonkar needs to comply with in his footsteps.
The 22-year-old scholar on the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay —Agrawal’s alma mater—has already been recruited by Google to develop into one of many 1000’s of IIT graduates at main American tech corporations.
“When I heard about Parag, I was so happy,” she stated. “One IITian is also CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai. So this is my (stepping) stone now.”
Twitter’s Agrawal is the youngest chief govt within the S&P 500 at simply 37.
Like Google-parent Alphabet’s 49-year-old CEO Sundar Pichai, he left India after his IIT diploma to pursue a postgrad within the United States earlier than working at a number of American corporations.
Other Indians on the highest company tech echelons embrace IBM’s Arvind Krishna and Palo Alto Networks’ Nikesh Arora—each IIT alumni—together with Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Shantanu Narayen at Adobe.
Executives and specialists say that past the South Asian nation’s sheer measurement, the phenomenon is because of a number of push-pull elements and skillsets together with a tradition of problem-solving, the English language, and relentless exhausting work.
IIT graduate and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla believes that after rising up with a number of communities, customs and languages, Indians have the power to “navigate complex situations”.
“Educational competition in India and societal chaos helps hone their skills in addition to the rigorous technical education at the IITs,” the billionaire enterprise capitalist instructed AFP.
‘Creme de la creme’
Silicon Valley calls for technical experience, managing various communities, and entrepreneurship within the face of uncertainty from its prime executives.
“In innovation, you have to be able to break the rules, you’re fearless. And… you can’t survive a day in India without having to break one rule or the other or dealing with incompetent bureaucracy or corruption,” stated Indian-American tutorial Vivek Wadhwa.
“Those skills are very useful when you’re innovating in Silicon Valley, because you have to constantly challenge authority.”
And they’re useful: ride-hailing large Uber this month provided IIT Bombay college students first-year packages of $274,000 for jobs within the United States.
The contest for such prizes begins early in a rustic of greater than 1.3 billion individuals with a longstanding concentrate on training.
The IITs are seen as India’s prime universities, and a couple of million pupils apply annually for simply 16,000 locations.
For one-and-a-half years, Nandgaonkar studied as much as 14 hours a day, seven days per week. Some different college students began preparations at simply 14 or 15, she added.
“Imagine having an entrance which is 10x more difficult than MIT and Harvard. That’s what the IITs are,” Wadhwa stated. “So it’s the creme de la creme of the country.”
India’s greatest export?
The IIT community was established in 1950 by the nation’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who envisaged a pool of extremely educated science and engineering graduates to assist construct India after the tip of British rule in 1947.
But the provision of engineers was not matched by ample home demand, so graduates regarded additional afield, significantly within the United States the place there was starvation for extremely skilled workers because the digital revolution took off.
“In the ’60s ’70s, and ’80s, even into the ’90s, Indian industry was not yet at the advanced (stages) and… a lot of those who wanted to do cutting-edge technology felt the need to go abroad,” IIT Bombay Deputy Director S. Sudarshan stated.
Agrawal, Pichai and Nadella spent a decade or extra working their method by the ranks of their respective corporations, build up insider data whereas gaining the belief of the corporations’ American founders.
And for years, greater than half the candidates for US H1-B expert immigrant visas have been from India, and principally from the tech sector.
In distinction, engineers from much more populous China had the choice of discovering jobs at residence or returning after finishing their US postgrads as their home economic system boomed, stated Johns Hopkins University professor Devesh Kapur, an IIT graduate himself.
The phenomenon could wane in time as India’s personal tech sector thrives, providing the nation’s finest and brightest minds better home alternatives, however for Nandgaonkar, changing into a tech boss like Agrawal or Pichai is just not a far-fetched thought.
“Why not?” she stated, “Dream big!”
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