Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Deals of 2012: Grant Thornton 8th Annual Edition of DealTraker

India's first all-women Public Sector Bank in Nov 2013

Life Time Achievement Award given to me by IISER, Bangalore

The proposal was going on for about two three months.  International Institute for Social and Economic Reforms (IISER-Registered, Bangalore) led by Dr HS Siddappa working with Planning Commission of India, New Delhi and another NGO for Women's Development in Dharwad approached me to be a candidate / nominee for this APJ Abdul Kalam Life Time Achievement Award for 2013 in Teaching, Research and Administration. I agreed, may be because I have spent over four decades in seven organisations, the longest being in SBI for 22 years including in the area of Rural / Agricultural Finance and Development both at grass root level and Central Office, Mumbai.

Next profession after banking I chose was in to Academics in the year 1999 joining TAPMI, but focus was on Administration while learning the fundas of teaching.  I just crossed sixty years of age too in October 2012 and I would have retired from active service, if only I had continued in SBI, but God only knows at what level.  This bank gave me so many things in life including four merit promotions in fifteen years.  I mis-read my career opportunities and was over-confident when I quit the bank in 1993 to join private industry for about six years in three organisations.

I had to re-invent so many things in my personal front to fit into academics.  All said and done, my past experience in banking and administration has been haunting me.  Possibly that was the prime reason that I was not a perfect academic but settled down in this line reluctantly.  The award received by me on April 18 at the Ravindra Kala Kshetra in Bangalore was a peculiar experience.  I will upload a few photos soon.