Dr Manu Vora, Honorary Adjunct Professor at ITM University, Gurgaon, got featured under renowned ‘Guru Funda’ interview in April 2015 IIT Alumni Newsletter published by Pan IIT. Dr Vora is an alumnus of IIT BHU (formerly Banaras Hindu University), BTech (Hons) Chemical Engineering. He is currently Chairman and President of Business Excellence, Inc., a global quality management consulting service firm. An eminent author and speaker, Dr Vora has over 40 years of leadership experience and has guided Fortune 500 companies with Malcolm Baldrige assessment in the areas of leadership excellence, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and process improvement. He is a Past Vice President from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) National Board of Directors. He also served as a Chairperson for ASQ Chicago Section. He is an ASQ Fellow and Certified Quality Engineer (CQE). Dr Vora has been conferred five medals from ASQ for his outstanding life-long service to society. He has also received 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and 2010 US President's Volunteer Service Award.
During the exclusive interview, Dr Vora recalled the hardships he experienced as a student. The excellent academic ambience at BHU inculcated a passion for teaching and training in him. Concerned about lack of soft skills and quality principles’ knowledge among IIT students, he launched a Leadership Excellence Series at IIT BHU in 2014, along with his colleagues. Inspired from the mission of Pt Madan Mohan Malviya, Dr Vora dedicated his life serving in corporate, academic, professional, and philanthropic sectors. The teaching at IIT BHU is largely founded on the principles of Dedication, Determination, and Discipline.
Dr Vora exposed the challenges he faced in his professional career. However with assertiveness, hard work, and professional networks, he could overcome the challenges of subtle discrimination, lack of respect, and glass ceiling. To gain success in the professional life, he advised the students to have positive attitude and have self-confidence. They should be ready to learn, apply and share the knowledge to help others. There should always be a starvation for self-improvement and renewing oneself. An ethical leadership quality can make a difference.
“Enjoy today - as yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift, that is why they call it the present! ”
The complete interview can be accessed at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/April-2015--IIT-Alumni-USA-Newsletter.html?soid=1101844292916&aid=eAJTW1T9IQM