Avinash Tripathi honored with Maharashtra Dream Achievers Award
Our Correspondent, 19 April 2023
Renowned writer, lyricist and filmmaker from Jaipur, Avinash Tripathi was honored with the Maharashtra Dream Achievers Award at a grand function held in Juhu, Mumbai. Avinash was given this famous award for his films and creative writing on social subjects. Renowned industrialist Capt. Dr. A.D. Manek while giving the award to Avinash Tripathi said that today Avinash is the most versatile media personality of the country, who is involved in journalism, film writing, song writing, Doing world class work in many genres including film production. Speaking about Avinash Tripathi, the organizer of the program, Vishnu said that Avinash Tripathi has given great height to his talent by producing and directing the maximum number of 750 short films. Present at the event organized by Sneha Event Company, Former Vice President of Uttar Pradesh Board and renowned filmmaker Tarun Rathi also praised Avinash Tripathi's multi-faceted talent. Significantly, Avinash has done the work of teaching in the famous private university of Jaipur. Lyrics written by Avinash, Famous Bollywood Singer Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Anwesha, Abhishek Ray, Many famous artists have sung the raga including Anupama. Avinash is also the Founder Director of International Festival which provides a world class platform to artistes. Avinash has also recently signed up as a screenwriter with many big production houses. Apart from Avinash, the Maharashtra Dream Achievers Award also presented the award to Mask TV owner Sanjay Bhatt, famous astrologer and Bigg Boss contestant Pandit Janardhan, and famous filmmaker Tarun Rathi.
Ten Inspiring Young Mind Award (TIYMA) WinnersTo Receive prestigious Award Trophies Today
Our Correspondent, 23 April 2022
A video contest #MyVideoFor2022 for the College students was organised by the metromirror.com and forwardindiaforum.org on the subject :
My expectations from the Government , Media and theSociety in the year 2022.
The following are the winners of the TIYMA Awards presented today at the IHM auditorium, Bhopal. Eminent Jury members evaluated the video entries.
Professor Sanjay Dwivedi , Director General, Indian institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, presented the awards to the winners. On this occasionGuestsof Honour present were Dr. Anand Kumar Singh , Principal IHM Bhopal,Professor PushpendraPal Singh, Editor in Chief, RozgaraurNirman,DR Sonalsisodia , Principal DCBM , Indore and Pradeep KarambelkarStart up investor and Mentor.
- Supriyasinha, MCU Bhopal
- Shruti goyal, LNCT Bhopal
- Gosiyabano, MCU Bhopal
- Sanchitshrivastava, JLU Bhopal
- Noopurkumari , SAGE Bhopal
- Adib khan, LNCT Bhopal
- Sangam Sharma, MCU Bhopal
- Kapil mishra MCU Bhopal
- Arunima , MCU Bhopal
- Tanvi Mangal DCBM, Indore.
Prof. K.GSuresh VC , MCU and Dr. Anoop Swarup , Founder VC JLU, could not present but they sent their good wishes Video and praised the efforts of the metromirror.com for this first of its kind contest to Judge the participants ideas and presentations skills .
About 40 leading personalities from various areas endorsed the video contest Promotional Campaign #MyVideoFor2022
Prof.Sanjay Dwivedi said that such contests for the youth should be organised regularly to encourage them to express their opinion Frankly about the Government, Media and theSociety.
He congratulated ShivHarsh SuhalkaEditor in Chief , Team MetroMirror.com ,Members of the Forward India Forum Think tank for the innovative ideas and the opportunity given to the students to showcase their talent and Win the prestigious TIYMA Awards.
Mrs. Lalita got Mission Dreams people's Choice Awards 2020
A true blue Bhopali, Mrs Lalita Pathak has brought laurels to the city of Bhopal by winning the Mission Dreams "People's Choice Award" in the ongoing Mrs India Contest 2020. Firmly grounded in Indian values, Mrs Lalita Pathak grew up in
a large family. She completed her Post Graduation in Sports Psychology from Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education Gwalior and being fearless ever, she specialized in Judo and Yoga. Married to a daring and sports enthusiast
Air Force Officer, she has been travelling all across India.As part of Air Force Wives' Welfare Association, she has been involved in various welfare activities for orphanages, blind schools, old age homes and collecting and donating
essential items to underprivileged. Lalita Pathak is a firm believer of Attitude of Gratitude- Gratitude to Almighty for giving her a healthy and comfortable life. As per her, her thankfulness to God is by working for old, sick, poor
and downtrodden. She has been giving voluntary services at hospitals . She says that It gives her deep satisfaction and calmness when a crying baby who was restless and in pain sleeps peacefully in her arms or when she gets those toothless
smiles of old patients of Oncology wards after giving them a massage. When asked" What does she stand for ? She says " I stand for strength and joy. These times are tough and it feels like the world is falling apart, but with love
and kindness and smiles, United we shall overcome it all soon!"
When asked about the meaning of beauty to her, the vivacious Mrs Pathak said that "We need to focus on how we feel about ourselves rather than waiting for others
to appreciate us. I may not be your version of beauty but My attitude to my own self makes me feel beautiful and elegant" Full of joie de vivre and self confidence, Mrs Lalita Pathak is not only looking forward to winning more awards
in the ongoing contest but also to pay back to society in all ways possible. City of Bhopal wishes her all the best in her pursuits.
Raghav Shankar gets Best Umpire Award by Singapore Cricket Association
Raghav Shankar told to our correspondent about himself when asked to narrate about his achievements :
I am Raghav and I come from the southern Indian city of Chennai. I currently work as a Senior Engineer in a multi-national oil and gas company in Singapore.
Cricket has always been my biggest hobby since childhood, and I started learning to play the game since I was 6 years old. My interest in the game stemmed from watching both my father and brother play for their respective teams.
I currently lead a division 2 cricket team in the Singapore cricket league. I have also always had a keen interest in cricket umpiring and so, started learning all the laws and playing conditions of the different forms of the
game. It amazes me as to how a game that looks so uncomplicated from the outside has quite an extensive framework of rules and laws.
My first competitive game as an umpire was in 2008 in the Singapore cricket league, and since then, I have gone on to become first an emerging panel umpire and now belong to the elite panel of cricket umpires in Singapore. I
am also a certified Asian cricket council level 1 umpire.
I recently received the best umpire award in Singapore, presented by the Singapore cricket association. This award is given to the umpire that performed the best in the previous year, and this is determined by a lot of factors
including the feedback provided from the various team captains and fellow umpires in the officials committee. Getting this award has motivated me to perform even better and improve myself further as a match official.
It is always said that an umpire has the best seat in the ground to watch the game. So, I am determined to keep growing and reach the pinnacle of becoming an international ICC cricket umpire very soon.
Sh. Deepesh Joshi - Leading Advocate and Founder - Deepesh Joshi & Associates, Law Firm.
Our Correspondent, 26 Jan. 2017
MetroMirror: Why have you chosen the career of Advocate? What other Profession you would have adopted if not advocate ?
Deepesh Joshi: Actually when I was not selected for MCA I had done LL.B and started practising. I am happy being a successful Advocate and enjoy my profession.
I would have been an Architect if not the Advocate as I am a creative person.
MetroMirror: What have been your major achievements as an Advocate?
Deepesh Joshi: We have best of the clients, including the Chief Minister of MP. , our some of the major clients are; Coal India, almost all the Doctors, Builders like Aakrati and Chinar group, Reliable group, MPRDC,
Jagran Group, Indian Oil Corporation and Bureaucrats like Arvind Joshi and DK Kapoor. Our specialization includes civil, criminal, corporate Laws, Prevention of corruption Act, consumer Protection, Arbitration.
MetroMirror: What are your ambitions relating to your Law firm? Do you follow any Role Model of your Profession? Who?
Deepesh Joshi: Mukul Rohatgi, Vivek Tankha, Fali Nariman to name a few, our ambition is to be the No.1 Law firm of Madhya Pradesh.
MetroMirror: Why the image of Advocate presently is not as good as it used to be 30 - 40 years back? What are your suggestions to the whole Advocate community for improvement of image?
Deepesh Joshi: Earlier under the Barrister system the Law education had very good quality. Now National Law Institute University Graduates are very good and they will increase the image of the profession.
Advocates should be faithful, well - read, loyal to the client, they should not befool. There should be complete transparency to increase the image of the Profession.
MetroMirror: Would you like to provide free Legal support and consultancy to the poor sections of the society?
Deepesh Joshi: We provide full support to the poor. We have helped more than 1000 without any fee. Our social commitment is regular.
MetroMirror: Could you consider a Scholarship for 2 Brilliant Law atudents of Bhopal | MP?
Deepesh Joshi: Yes we could consider, please send us details about the students.
MetroMirror: What are your Hobbies and Interests which you regularly do?
Deepesh Joshi: My all time favourite is cooking, all types of dishes, Music, Cricket, Badminton and Table-Tennis.
MetroMirror: What are your expectations from Media?
Deepesh Joshi: Media should properly report the Law cases, Judicial system and working of the court.
MetroMirror: Tell me about your family?
Deepesh Joshi: My father is retired District Judge. My wife Viva is running a school Aayam for the poor disabled people as a commitment to the Society. My son Atharva is a class 12th student and he would like to
be a Lawyer also.
MetroMirror: Your suggestions | opinion about MetroMirror.com?
Deepesh Joshi: It's a good publication worth reading with wide range of News, features and special stories.
MetroMirror.com to Mrs. Viva Joshi: What are you doing? How do you serve the society?
Viva Joshi: I have started a school in the Name of Aayam with the object of creating equal opportunities for the Physically and Mentally challenged students who cannot afford hefty fees. We have students from 1.5
years to 52 years of age. We need support from the various people for skill development of our school students.
MetroMirror: What support do you want from the government of MP?
Viva Joshi: We don't have school building of our own, it would be better if govt. provide us suitable land or building to properly run the school to develop the skills of the students to help them stand on their
MetroMirror: What are your Hobbies?
Viva Joshi: My main hobby is painting and have good collection of paintings.
PROUD OF INDIA : DR. Pallavi Tiwari - Cancer Research Scientist - President Mukherjee to recognize at the Republic Day celebrations
Dr. Pallavi Tiwari, D/O. Sh. Suresh Tiwari, Executive Director(Retd.) from MP Public Relations is proud of India and proud of MadhyaPradesh.
Pallavi graduated from SGSITS Indore, and went to USA to do research on Cancer.
U.S. Consulate General Mumbai
Congratulations to the >#>100Women> - including Dr. Pallavi Tiwari!
Dr. Pallavi Tiwari, an Indian research professor based at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, has been named one of the #100Women in India who are making a difference
in their communities across the country.
#100Women is a joint campaign of Facebook and the Ministry of Women and Child Development of India, and we found many Indians with ties to the U.S. on the list.
Today we're highlighting Dr. Tiwari, who first studied in Indore before earning her master's and PhD from Rutgers University in the U.S. Her research focuses on brain cancer, and she recently developed a new MRI-based
technique to help provide individualized treatment for brain tumors.
She will be recognized, along with the other 99 inspiring honorees, by President Mukherjee as part of the Republic Day celebrations. Click "Like" to congratulate Dr. Tiwari and the other #100Women on their achievements
and their service to their communities. >#>USIndiaDosti>
Indian cancer scientist develops software for cancer patients From Lalit K Jha
Washington, Dec 24 (PTI) An Indian scientist in the US has developed a new MRI-based technique to predict survival of patients with aggressive brain tumours and help them provide personalised therapy.
Dr Pallavi Tiwari's work is based on recent clinical findings that 90 per cent of the Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) recurrences occur close to the tumour margin, suggesting that malignant cells are present at
the periphery of the tumour but are not visually discernible.
GBM is the most common and most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain.
"Less than five per cent of all GBM patients live for more than five years," Tiwari, a leading cancer researcher working at Case Western Reserve University, said.
She said that despite several advances in drug discovery and clinical trials for cancer treatment, all GBM patients still follow the same 'one-fits-all' treatment regimen.
Tiwari, who is from Madhya Pradesh, presented her new research before at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting recently.
"With Obama administration's push for personalised therapy, a pressing need in precision medicine is to identify patients with GBM who are suitable for specific clinical trials based on their tumour characterisation,
instead of a 'one-size-fits-all' treatment," a media release said.
Unfortunately, this has not been feasible so far in the absence of reliable non-invasive and quantitative measurements regarding patient prognosis (likely outcome of the disease) in GBMs, Tiwari noted.
Tiwari and her team have shown on 62 patients that these computer-extracted features from tumour margins and its surrounding areas on MRI are together predictive of GBM outcomes, the press release said.
So far such an approach of investigating imaging features from normal-appearing areas outside of tumour margins has not been investigated.
Using computer techniques developed by Tiwari and her team, subtle information can be gleaned from normal-appearing regions (at tumour periphery) to allow for the ability to reliably and non-invasively stratify
patients based on their survival and can ultimately guide personalised therapeutic clinical trials in GBM.
Tiwari graduated from SGSITS in Indore and moved to United States to get a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering.
She is currently a research assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering and since 2012 has been working in early diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment evaluation of brain tumours.
Dr. Pallavi - Profile : Pallavi Tiwari PhD,Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
A. Brief Introduction: Dr. Pallavi Tiwari (Age: 31 years) is a leading cancer researcher working at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and University Hospitals in Cleveland, United States.
Over the last 9 years since she graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree (honors) from S.G.S.I.T.S Indore (India) in 2006, she has developed novel computerizedsolutions for early and reliable diagnosis
and prognosis of cancers including prostate, breast, brain cancers, and neurological diseases including epilepsy, and cancer pain. Her research has so far evolved into 21 peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers, 18 peer-reviewed abstracts, 1 issued US patent, 1 patent application, and has so far received over $400,000 USD of funding for her cancer research. Dr. Tiwari has presented her work at several leadinginternational conferences such as Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society (MICCAI), Society for Photonics and Instrumentation Engineering
(SPIE), IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), and Society of Neuro-oncology (SNO). Additionally, she has been a recipient
of Coulter Translational awards for 3 consecutive years from 2013 to 2015,to build a sustainable technology for early identification of brain tumors. She has twice been nominated for National Institute of Health
(NIH) Director's early independence award. Dr. Tiwari was a key member of the graduate student team selected as one of the top 10 teams for the IDEA translational award.
She is currently leading a team of clinical and scientific researchers on evaluating effects of radiotherapy and laser interstitial thermal therapy on brain tumor patients via multi-parametric MRI. She
is building newcomputationaltechniques on MRI for predicting patient outcome in cancer patients. These tools will ultimately pave the way for targeted treatment regimens, and early identification of tumor, while
reducing unnecessary surgical interventions in cancer patients. Dr. Tiwari has been mentoring over 10 undergraduate and graduate students in performing cutting-edge cancer research. She is a major proponent
of women in science and technology and has been involved with several organizations promoting women in science and engineering.
Awards, Honors, and Recognition
> Part of the team that was awarded the Innovation Award, Case School of Engineering, 2014
> Honorable Mention Award, Neurology Research Day, CWRU, 2014
> Cum Laude for Best Poster Presentation, Conference on Image Guided Interventions, SPIE, 2014
> Honorable Mention Award for Best Poster Presentation, Conference on Computer Aided Diagnosis, The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Medical Imaging, 2014
> Invited Participant, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) on Imaging Science, 2013
> CWRU nomination for NIH Director's Early Independence Award, 2013 - Early investigator
award allows for transitioning to a faculty position directly after PhD
> Rutgers nomination for NIH Director's Early Independence Award, 2012
> Nominated for Best Graduating Student Award -School of Engineering, Rutgers University, 2012
> Travel Award, Society of Women in Engineering, Mathematics (SciWomen), Rutgers University, 2011
> Selected to represent Rutgers University at CRA-W Graduate Cohort, 2010
> Department of Defense Pre-Doctoral prostate cancer research award, 2010
> Travel award, Graduate School of Engineering, Rutgers University, 2009
> Honorary Mention Award for Best Poster Presentation, SPIE, 2008
> Finalist - Top 10 entrepreneurial ideas in BME Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Design Competition (IDEA), 2008.
> Young Scientist Award, Runners up, MICCAI, 2007
> Travel Award, MICCAI society, 2007
> Best Research Project, Runners up, International Biomedical Project Design Competition, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, 2005
B. Media Recognition:
> Work featured on Case Western's engineering website:"Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership awards $1 million in funding and support for promising biomedical
engineering university technologies".
> "CCIPD/BME Graduate Student Wins Young Scientist Runners up at MICCAI 2014",
- Case Comprehensive Cancer Center News Letter, November 10th, 2014.
- The Daily, November 13th, 2014.
> Work featured in The Daily, Case Western Reserve local Newspaper, March 2014
> "Team from the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics Receives Coulter Translational Award", Featured in Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter, August 5, 2013
> Paper "Multi-Kernel Graph Embedding for Detection, Gleason Grading of Prostate Cancer via MRI/MRS" featured as number 2 article on medical and healthcare blog MDLinx (http://www.mdlinx.com), Dec
> "U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania", Oct 2012
> Spotlight on recent accomplishments by women graduate students, Rutgers School of Engineering (SoE) web page, October 12, 2010. Link: http://www.soe.rutgers.edu/lcib-recognizes-three-distinguished-graduate-students
> "Researchers Assess Severity of Prostate Cancers Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging", Press Release, August 9, 2010. Story featured on following sites
- Rutgers Today (http://alturl.com/rah5j)
- AAAS EurekAlert! (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-08/ru-rra081010.php)
- ScienceDaily.com (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100810163458.htm)
- www.physorg.com (http://phys.org/news200674429.html)
- www.news-medical.net (http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100811/Magnetic-resonance-image-analysis-helps-assessment-of-prostate-cancer-severity.aspx)
- www.radiologydaily.com (http://www.radiologydaily.com/daily/diagnostic-imaging/mri-taught-to-grade-prostate-tumors/)
- www.oncologynurseadvisor.com (http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com/image-analysis-technique-may-help-identify-aggressive-prostate-cancers/article/178052/)
- www.healthcanal.com (http://www.healthcanal.com/cancers/9975-Rutgers-Researchers-Assess-Severity-Prostate-Cancers-Using-Non-invasive-Magnetic-Resonance-Imaging.html)
- www.mycentraljersey.com/ (http://blogs.mycentraljersey.com/heartbeats/2010/08/11/rutgers-researchers-assess-prostate-cancer-using-noninvasive-mris/)
> Featured in Rutgers Focus, July 2010 for representing Rutgers University at CRA-W workshop, organized for Women in Computing, Seattle, WA.
> "Students invent navigation system for the blind", 2006
Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography:
Nominations for PRCI CHANAKYA AWARDS - FOR NATIONAL ACHIEVERS 2015
Siddharth is currently working as Manager-Training with IndusInd Bank at Chennai. He has been with IndusInd Bank since 2010 and prior to that he was with RBS (previously ABN Amro) in the Trade Finance Division for more than 5 years.
Siddharth is a person with Cerebral Palsy, post a jaundice attack when he was few days old which significantly impacted his body movement and speech clarity. This has consequential impact on his ability to write and general
reaction time. Having said the above, Siddharth has never let this condition as an impediment to his achievements and goals. While he went to a "special school" earlier, but soon got into the main stream and since then leads a life
in a society which make things extremely difficult and challenging for him.
From an academic point of view, after passing out from a regular school he completed his graduation in Commerce and went on to do his masters in Economics with great scores. Professionally, he is a Certified Documentary Credit
Specialist and has been awarded multiple certificates in the domain of Trade Finance, KYC (Know Your Customer) norms and Anti Money Laundering.
Apart from the above, given the inspirational life Siddharth has lived, he is an avid speaker on motivation, Time/Emotional management, HR and multiple topics among Organizations/ Corporate like
SAP Labs India- Bangalore
India Inclusion Summit
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
KLE College of Business Administration, Hubli and many more
Siddharth is on the board of Vidya Sagar since 1999 and has been on the Board of Trustee of Skill Share International, a UK based NGO. Given his exemplary work in the overall field of building awareness and helping people with
"special needs" he has been even awarded National award by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment as "Best Employee with
Cerebral Palsy" given by the then honorable Vice President of India in 2009. He has been recongnized
by many organization for his outstanding work and some of the recognition he has received are:
Npedp - Shell - Helen Keller Award
Ascendas Excellence Award' in Academics
"Lala Kailashpat Singhania Award" from National Society for Equal Opportunities for Handicapped, in December 2007
Won Award for excellence in Corporate employment from ADAPT (SSI) on the eve of World cerebral palsy day
Member of Advisory board of India Inclusion Summit
Outstanding student award for year 1998-99 from his school
NIIT award for academic proficiency in 1997
One of his key association is with ex-President of India, Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam who has quoted him in various forums and they share a relationship of mutual admiration. Given his work he has been very well known in the media circles.
On personal front he lives in Chennai with his parents, wife and his son.
India cheers Fields Medal for Manjul Bhargava
Early in the morning on Wednesday, despite recuperating from an eye surgery, NR Narayana Murthy took the unusual step of writing to the editors of major newspapers and TV channels. Murthy was excited about a young mathematician he had
known, Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University, who had won the Fields Medal for mathematics on Tuesday. His aim was to sensitise editors to the importance of this event, and to tell young Indians what to strive for. "A Fields Medal
is harder to get than a Nobel Prize," Murthy told later. "We knew he was extraordinary." Bhargava is the first Indian-origin mathematician to get the prize. He is not always known through his Indian origins, and is often called a Canadian-American
mathematician. But although Bhargava did not grow up in India, his Indian roots are deep. He learned tabla with Zakir Hussain and is an accomplished player.
Iranian first Woman to Bag Medal
Iranian-born mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of math. A Harvard-educated mathematician, she is a professor at Stanford University in California.
Humility makes CEOs from India stand out
MUMBAI: What's common between Satya Nadella, Indra Nooyi, Nitin Nohria and Rajeev Suri. Yes, they are all Indians who have made it to top global posts. But they have also brought in a new dimension to what characterizes leadership traits.
The one trait that stands out among these stalwarts is humility, which increasingly is being considered an important virtue of leadership.
The era of the swashbuckling CEO whose extroverted demeanour at one point was considered
to be the sole characteristic of a strong leader, is passe. As cocky arrogance gives way to humility, experts believe demand for a humble CEO is on the rise.
"Humility is the key to being a respected leader. Because that means
you are receptive towards learning and professional growth," said Govind Iyer, partner, Egon Zehnder India.
Iyer, however, said humility does not mean one can't be aggressive and an extrovert. "If these qualities are displayed
with positive intent (and not arrogance), then the leader is seen as inspirational and with humility. Some of the most successful organizations build these qualities in their leaders," said Iyer.
Recently, a study ranked Indra
Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo, among the top 10 humble US CEOs. Early this year, Nohria, the dean of Harvard Business School, humbly apologized for the school's past behaviour towards women, while promising to reverse the situation. Former colleagues
and classmates of Nadella, the new Microsoft CEO, and Suri, the new Nokia CEO, talk about their humility and achievements in the same breath.
Can the rise of the Indian global CEO attributed to 'H' factor> Rajiv Burman, managing
partner, Lighthouse Partners, an executive search firm, thinks so. "Given our strong emphasis on family and social relationships, they (Indian leaders) work very effectively in groups with humility, a lost trait these days," said Burman.
It is for this reason perhaps that Indian leaders are said not to push for maximizing their financial packages unlike their western counterparts, a trait appreciated by shareholders as well.
It is now an accepted fact that leaders
who develop higher self-awareness tend to be more humble. In an uncertain world, a self-aware leader creates success by working with and leveraging expertise of peers and a larger network of colleagues, according to Vivek Chachra,
country manager - India, Harvard Business Publishing (HBP), which works with several clients to develop current and future leaders with one of the pillars of focus being self-awareness. "We see several leading companies in India recognizing
and appreciating this approach and dedicating up to 25%-30% of development time of their leaders to build self-awareness," said Chachra.
Leading in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world requires a leader to be
flexible, reactive, dynamic and able to learn from others, and to demonstrate this, said Gurprriet Siingh, director & head, YSC India, leaders need to be humble. Humility underpins curiosity and a desire to learn which "allows them
to be comfortable with the vulnerability of 'not knowing' but powerful in the belief that someone else might know and as leader it is their job to find and empower that 'someone'".
Evolved organizations are learning to distinguish
between individuals driven by personal ambition and individuals driven to make a difference to the greater good. "Humility and the ability to delay gratification are becoming key traits that boards, outgoing CEOs are looking for in
their successors," said Siingh of YSC India, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching, organization development and executive assessment.
In her new book, 'The Key', Lynda Gratton, professor of management
practice, London Business School, has pointed out how leadership is changing. She talks about authenticity, the 'inner journey' to understand and develop a sense of moral compass, and worldview, which is the 'outer journey' and is
about looking outside, understanding the challenges of the world and being able to work across stakeholders.
Harish Manwani, COO, Unilever, recently told TOI, good leaders are those who build people bigger than themselves. Nothing
works better than humility to accept that others can grow bigger than the individual.
The IIT-groomed babu who said �no' to Narendra Modi
Lucknow:Varanasi, Despite his clean track record since he joined the IAS, Varanasi district magistrate Pranjal Yadav's CV has one glitch he'll find difficult to explain: his affiliation with the patriarch of Uttar Pradesh's ruling clan,
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Ever since Pranjal, as the returning officer, delayed permission to Narendra Modi's rally in the holy city, posters have come up in many places questioning his neutrality in the electoral process.
In one such image that has gone viral on social media, Pranjal is described as the son of Mulayam's first cousin. Advising people to disseminate the details as widely as possible, the poster also said this will help build pressure
on Election Commission and ensure Pranjal's quick removal. BJP has charged that elections in Varanasi won't be impartial under his watch.
However, even as BJP leaders like Arun Jaitley and Modi's aide Amit Shah have called Pranjal
biased and urged the EC to removal him, many people in Varanasi appreciate him for his work.
"The DM is most impartial. He is hard working and dedicated. The BJP is unnecessary accusing him of wrong-doing for votes. Such drama
by a national party should be condemned. We support our DM," said Ashok Kapoor, an industrialist and exporter.
Born in 1980, Pranjal is a 2006 batch IAS officer. He was the Azamgarh DM before he was transferred to Varanasi. A
B.Tech from IIT Roorkee, Yadav earned people's appreciation for removing encroachments and widening roads. "The city needs an officer like him for development," said Dr Brijesh Pandey, a teacher at Agrasen Girls PG College.
his affinity to Ganga, Pranjal undertook ambitious work of river profiling to protect its historic ghats from caving in. He formed a committee in October 2013 to assess the problems and find a solution. Besides engineers and officials
of different departments including Central Water Commission, PWD, irrigation, and the municipal corporation, the committee also comprises civil engineering experts from IIT-BHU.