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Soumitra Dutta is the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD and the founding director of INSEAD eLab, a center of excellence in the digital economy. From 1 July 2012, he will join the Samuel Curtis Graduate School of Management at Cornell University as its 11th Dean. Professor Dutta obtained his Ph.D. in computer science and his M.Sc. in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley. His current research is on technology strategy and innovation at both corporate and national policy levels. He has won several awards for research and pedagogy and is actively involved in policy development at national and European levels. His research has been showcased in the international media and he has taught in and consulted with international corporations.

Soumitra Dutta

SOUMITA DUTTA’s address at InDialogues@Campus
4 Mar 2012. IIT Delhi

Professor Dutta addressed students at his Alma Mater, sharing his perspective on how things have changed over the past three decades in India and around the world. From 'Hey, did you go to school in a bullock cart,' foreigners are now asking, 'Are you a software programmer.' India is now perceived as a country of high technology and very bright people, rather than a land overrun by cows and snakecharmers.

Dutta stressed that young engineers in India today are privileged - not just because of technological access and advancement, but because of unique positioning in a global context. With the global online space shifting to the East as more and more people in Asia come online, there is an immense possibility for innovation. He urged today's students to aspire to surpass Mark Zuckerberg in his accomplishments, with a healthy sense of competition that will move the world forward.

 

 

 
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