Dr. Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Mr. Sanjay Govil, Founder & Chairman Infinite Computer Solutions celebrated Wharton’s vision & the importance of its global community during its Delhi Global Conversations Tour recently with a select gathering of Wharton alumni in attendance.
Mr. Govil (WAM’08) had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Garrett, who now completes 15 months as the Dean, regarding his core priorities. Dr. Garrett spoke about the common perception of Wharton being a finance school. “Wharton is a highly research-driven institution,” he said. “It is the emphasis we give to data and analytics which makes Wharton great not only in finance but other programs as well. We have the best undergraduate programs & largest PHD program compared to any other business school in the world.”
Dr. Garett also praised the Indian diaspora at Wharton and spoke to Wharton’s involvement in setting up the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, which currently ranks in the top 20 in global MBA rankings. Of Wharton’s 4500 students, 176 are Indian nationals. Citing examples of Wharton alumni such as Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, and Kunal Bahl, CEO of Snapdeal and 2015 entrepreneur of the year, Dr. Garrett also emphasized Wharton’s contribution to the field of entrepreneurship.
Dr. Garrett and Mr. Govil highlighted the importance of career management programs as a way to encourage entrepreneurship and engage professional women. “Creating an eco-system of resources for the alumni, who are looking for career changes, will provide opportunities for Wharton to transform dormant networks into active networks,” said Mr. Govil.
Dr. Garrett finally focused on the Global Conversation Tour as an important way to engage alumni. “There is a lot to gain from such tours as it provides me with a chance to meet our phenomenal alumni such as Sanjay Govil and take back the knowledge in order to make The Wharton School a better place.”
The event, a prime networking opportunity for graduates, concluded with a lively dinner.
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