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Congratulations to one of India’s more dynamic entrepreneurs, Anand Mahindra. Ealier this month, Mahindra, the 53 year old Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award, one of the highest honors to come out of the Harvard Business School. Other distinguished winners of the Alumni Achievement Award have included GE’s Chairman & CEO, Jeff Immelt and John Doerr, Partner of the venture capital firm:Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers.

“For four decades, the Alumni Achievement Awards have recognized extraordinary alumni who embody the highest standards of accomplishment and integrity,” said HBS Dean, Jay Light. “The recipients represent the best in our alumni body. They are exemplary role models who have truly made a difference in the world.”

In a recent issue of Business Today, I read what Mahindra who did his MBA in the Harvard Business School (Class of 1981) had to say about his alma mater. He said that HBS was the “perfect training ground “in two significant ways. “It taught you humility ” he said “as you had to compete in a classroom with 90 of the brightest young minds from the world of business”. The other was that the gruelling schedule of 3 case studies per night  was “unrivalled in its ability to build a capacity for very hard work”.

As part of a philosophy of diversification and globalization Anand Mahindra implemented in 1994, M&M today is a $6.6 billion enterprise involved in many activities, including information technology, logistics, infrastructure development, and financial services, as well as automotive and farm equipment.

As a parting note, I must add that Anand Mahindra is also an alumnus of the Lawrence School, Lovedale.

Congratulations, Anand. We are proud of you and your achievements.

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