18th July 2014 saw the Inauguration ceremony of the TAPMI CXO Leadership Lecture Series. This ceremony was honoured by the presence of Mr Veera Raja, President and Managing Director of TE Connectivity India, Dr R C Natarajan, Director of TAPMI, and Prof. Chowdhary Prasad, Dean – Admissions and PR at TAPMI. The ceremony was a predecessor to the Leadership lectures to be held in the following days, and market their beginning with the inspiring words of Mr Raja.
After an exquisite floral welcome to the guest, Prof Chowdhary delivered the welcome address and performed the iteration of the various achievements of the esteemed guest. The lamp-lighting then took place, following which, Mr Raja addressed the crowd of students gathered and shared his various experiences for their benefit. He talked about his many years of work, from the time of his giving up his dream of becoming an engineer, to the 14th of July, 2014, when he completed a decade of being a CEO. He narrated many small and big incidents of his life, and the learning he derived from them, on how he handled the various challenges that life threw at him, and how he made the best the of them by taking up each challenge as an opportunity and making the best of it.
He left behind a number of gems of words for the students to ponder over, such as “Unless you work-hard continuously, success will also come at specific instances, never perpetually”, “There are issues in every organization; the only way to change anything is to drive the policies yourself”, “Take decisions based on what is right, and not who is right”, “Don’t chase visibility, chase challenges” and many more.
At the end of his inspiring words, he was duly honoured by the Director through the presentation of a memento to him, and the event was officially declared as having begun.