Alvin Toffler – you will be remembered

How many of us have grown up hearing about ‘information overload’? This was the man who spoke about it first.

He wrote classic bestsellers such as ‘Future Shock’ and ‘The Third Wave’ – If you have not read them, read them now. If you are one of those like me who have read it, I don’t have to ask you to re-read it – just for the sheer joy of how a futurist indicates the future without predicting it.

It is sad that the world lost him. He was 87. You can read more about him, his life and work here:

Thanks Alvin Toffler for helping us look at the world differently. I hope to re-read your books as a mark of respect to you and your thoughts. I am sure you have inspired number of budding scholars (me included) to study phenomena deeply and write daringly.

Recently Steve Case titled his book ‘The Third Wave’ and spoke about how he was deeply impacted by the ideas of Alvin Toffler too. Read this interview here:

Prof Alvin Toffler, you will be remembered.

Received Some Press Coverage

I was written about in the papers last week.🙂 While I could read two, the ones I could not read (written in Gujarati) seem to have given me more visibility.

Happy to share this with all my readers and well wishers.


Times of India


Nav Gujarat Samay



Thanks for your continued support and wishes!


The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) has announced the ‘Call for FPM-2016 AdvApplications’ for its third batch of the Fellow Program in Management (FPM). The FPM is a 4 year AICTE approved doctoral program. EDII’s FPM focusses on entrepreneurship.

There are thirteen areas within entrepreneurship offered to pursue doctoral work. It is a full time program run at the beautiful EDII campus in Bhat Village, Gandhinagar.

I am posting it here for two reasons:

a) I am a student of EDII’s FPM program

b) I am a student of entrepreneurship

For brochure and application form, look here:

If you have any queries kindly call the FPM Office and I am sure they will be happy to clarify any doubts you may have.

Best wishes

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passes away

We just finished dinner and were walking towards our hostel rooms. One of our friends exclaimed saying “APJ No More?” – all of us in unison said, “If it is a message on whatsapp, please ignore.”

I came to my room and saw three more messages pop up on whatsapp. I immediately opened my laptop to check. I went through a number of articles to make sure what I was reading was true. Sad, but its true! The man who was here on our campus just a few weeks back and enthralled us with his energetic speech and inspired us to work hard, is no more. And what an end? True to his spirit of service, discipline, sacrifice and energy, he died with his boots on. He passed away as he was delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong.

His life and his living was truly his message for us. I think we must all learn from his example. To live life as a service to others till the very end. I think the biggest respect we can pay him will be to take responsibility to live our life purposefully. I share with you his message that he gave to us on 20th June 2015.

4 things to stay motivated and achieve in life:

  1. Have a great aim (not small one)
  2. Gain knowledge
  3. Work really hard
  4. Persevere till you reach

(from my notes that I had made during his talk) – I hope we can do all the above.

Peace and Prayers for his soul to rest in peace.

Thanks Dr Kalam for ensuring that we are perennially inspired.

Eleventh Biennial Conference on Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad hosts a research conference every two years, called the Biennial Conference on its sprawling campus. Over a hundred national and international academicians come together for three days and share their ideas and thoughts. Amidst the brainstorming and networking there is also some entertainment to lighten up the intense discussions.

The Centre for Research in Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CREED) drives all the research activities at EDII. The Biennial Conferences are also managed by the centre. The centre also does a lot of other activities like offering fellowships, running a journal, etc. To know more please read here:

I first attended the Biennial Conference in 2013 (Tenth). I presented my paper and was happy to listen to so many more from both India and abroad. EDII had announced its Eleventh Biennial Conference (18-20 Feb’15) a few months back. Since this time around I am residing on the beautiful EDII campus, I am also playing my own small role in hosting this grand and probably largest conference on entrepreneurship in this part of the world. Truly excited about this! If you are interested or associated (even remotely) with entrepreneurship, you must not miss this event. To know more about the conference please read here: Please check with the conference coordinator (details in the link above) about how you can participate in this conference.

Look forward to meet, network, interact and learn a lot through the conversations over the 3 days.

Announcements: Three FDPs on data analysis in Jaipur

Having taken some baby steps in the field of academic research, I have begun to feel the importance of continuous education for faculty and researchers. While I have conducted number of faculty development programs (FDPs) on entrepreneurship, I have realized how important it is for me to attend a few as well. It gives time for reflection and contemplation apart from picking a few new skills.

Research methods is one such area. It takes time to pick it up well. It requires iterative learning to put it to practical use. Hence FDPs in this area are always welcome. During a recent trip to Jaipur, Dr Prabhat Pankaj shared details of three programs that they, at Jaipuria Jaipur Campus, are intending to conduct on various aspects of data analysis for researchers. The programs seemed relevant and timely. Since this is an area where tools are evolving very fast, I thought of sharing this with the larger community of readers.

While faculty, research scholars and those involved in academic environments may find it useful, I feel these tools are relevant even for entrepreneurs and small businesses to pick up. In a data driven world, what will one do without tools to fish them for patterns. Therefore having a sound knowledge of statistical and econometric methods, tools and techniques can significantly increases one’s chances to produce better research publications.

The three FDPs on Data Analytics:

  1. First FDP focusing on Advance Data Analysis Using SPSS and AMOS will be organized on January 30-31, 2015.
  2. Second FDP on Time Series Econometrics Using E-Views will be organized on February 20-21, 2015.
  3. Third FDP on Qualitative Data Analysis using Atlas-ti will be organized in the month of March, 2015.

For queries / nominations / information please contact Prof. Prashant Sharma: or +91-7568799687

Happy Learning!

Announcement: “How to start a business?” Workshop

Too many times during my interactions with aspiring entrepreneurs and students I am asked to handle sessions on “How to start a business?” It is a rather obvious question that every serious wannabe entrepreneur ends up facing. Since there are not too many people well versed in the regulatory affairs and equally adept at teaching them, I find it difficult to refer them anywhere.

So, when Kalyan (a dear friend) called in to share details about his training company (Ace Academy) offering a one day workshop by the title “How to start a business?” I voluntarily accepted to share the information amongst my network.

If you are a serious entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur or a curious student wanting to know what kind of enterprise to set and the related regulatory requirements, then this is the workshop to attend. The details are below:

The workshop will be held at ACE Academy’s training centre at Mylapore on Saturday, 22nd February, 2014, between 10 AM & 5 PM

The workshop will be interactive and will cover the following steps-

1.0    Analyse the business                                                                                                                            –

– Classify according to manufacturing, trading or services

– Know your peers and competitors

– Decide what operations to outsource and which ones to retain in-house

2.0   Decide on the location

– Closer to the customer or closer to the resources

3.0   Decide on the funds  required and means of funding

– Prepare Business Plan

– Decide fund requirements

– Decide on sources of funds

4.0   Decide on the entity

– Decide based on flexibility, speed, credibility, limited liability, cost, etc

5.0   Decide on the name

– Tips on naming

– Booking the name

– Relationship between name and entity

– Apply for trade mark / copy right

6.0   Form the entity

– Proprietorship

– Partnership

– One Person Company


– Private Limited Company

– Public Limited Company

7.0   Obtain PAN & TAN



8.0   Open bank account

– Type of account

– Type of bank

– Documents required

9.0   Registration under tax laws

– Applicability Matrix

– Income Tax

– Central Excise


– Service Tax

10.0            Import Export Code and MSME registration

– Import / Export Code

– MSME Registration

The fee for the workshop is Rs. 2,490/- (Including service tax)

Those interested in benefitting from this workshop can contact +91 44 2498 1027 or 97109 28701.

Please contact the above numbers to register! Good Luck and Happy Learning!