Having spent almost three years here at NBS, I have an opulence of memories to look back at. A couple of crushes, cherished friendships, valued inspirations and shattered ego ideals. Yes, all of it comes in a package. When one looks back at the three years spent in the premises of this budding institution, it becomes extremely difficult not to feel nostalgia and schmaltz. This place made people learn a plethora of life lessons, some with relative ease and others with bitter harshness and heartbreak. We’ve developed affiliations here that are probably going to stay with us for the rest of our lives, through thick and thin and I have little doubt about that. Polished and refined by the near perfect pedagogy, I’ll leave this place, once-called-home, in a year to deal with the realities of the corporate world on my own. What I’ll carry with myself however, would be an esteemed expereince – A retrospection of the sleepless nights spent working on final projects, deadlines missed by minutes, group studying sessions and presentations executed flawlessly. From the poorly organized movie nights to fabulous fashion shows, I have seen it all and loved it. I learnt to handle the transition, from a mediocre, split by the road, Lalkurti campus to the world class campus at H12 and I learnt to own it with as much esteem as the place where I enrolled at the start of my degree. Unknowingly, each moment spent here became a part of my being. It’s a part of who I am today and I am so proud of that.
However, as a normal human being, exercising the defence mechanisms like denial, repression and suppression, we all have a tendency to unconsciously or consciously chop off the unpleasant and painful experiences from our truckload of memories. At this particular point in time, due to situational factors, denial is going to prove to be a death pill for us. The first step to change is to recognize the fact that faults and flaws exist and there is a NEED to change. The darkness that exists cannot be ignored and the mantra of ‘ALL IS WELL’ is not gonna work here, unfortunately. The reputation that we have so far been able to carve out for NBS is far from that of an institution that produces well groomed leaders. Our ethical considerations are limited to inculcating a single course on business ethics in the final semester. Our moral values shine so shamefully bright when students slip out of classes after getting their attendance marked. All our performance standards go down the drain when professors degrade the toppers in classrooms, to emphasize that learning is key, GPA is not. What needs to be degraded is the trend to get higher grades through unethical practices, not the GPA.
Flaunting our world ranking as an answer to all this is definitely not going to help. Dirty politics is one thing that is more rampant here than leadership skills and bureaucracy is still stifling the structural changes that have been implemented, which implies that there’s a dire need for change – A drastic one. We gasconade to be better than FAST and IBA, and at par with LUMS and we have never, even once, organized events like business idea competitions which match their caliber. Our military backing and governmental support are not going to solve our problems and we need to realize the fact.
Yes, I’m bitter and cynical and that’s not because I’ve been a victim of such practices. It’s because I see the darkness around myself and I somehow fail to ignore it. It’s because I love this place and I know it has the potential to be a lot more than what it has been allowed to be, so far. This is not a lackadaisical call for change, which would die down with the ruthlessness of passing time. I demand change, as a RIGHT, because this is the place that I call home.