Ask B-school students what they plan to do after they graduate and you’re likely to hear often-quoted responses like “Joining the ‘Big-4’” or ”Taking the start-up route”. But every once in a while, we come across someone, that too at one of America’s Top 5 Undergraduate Business Schools, who believes that career growth is as important as community service. 17-year-old Karan Jain, a Business undergraduate from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is exactly that student!
Joining Ranks of Noted Global Entrepreneurs and Billionaires
Karan has been awarded the “Global Engagement Scholarship” worth USD 44,000 by Kelley School of Business, located in Bloomington, United States. It is no coincidence that this B-school also happens to be the alma mater of several noted entrepreneurs, billionaires and industrialists from all across the world. Son of a small business owner Alok Jain and Rita Jain, Karan relied on nothing but sheer will power and commitment to make it to Kelley that too on a scholarship that is “offered exclusively to high-achieving international students admitted to Indiana University Bloomington.”
Getting Rewarded for Academic Brilliance
Karan’s academic brilliance is evident from the fact that apart from Kelley’s Global Engagement Scholarship, he has also received admission and prestigious scholarship offers from seven highly-ranked universities in the US including Howard, Stony Brook, DePauw, Drexel, Wabash, Baylor and Temple. Karan was offered scholarships worth 720,000 USD (Rs. 5.4 crores) in total from eight top universities.
Creating Socially Conscious Businesses of Tomorrow
Now, let’s circle back to where we started; a B-school scholar who cares about society and the world around him! One criticism that management graduates often face is being termed as careerists who cannot look beyond meeting the bottom line and creating shareholder value. But Karan Jain is certainly not that kind of management student, even if that generalization holds true. He feels that education is an enabling tool and what a student does after his studies is completely an individual choice.
On being asked where he learnt the art of balancing social responsibility with business and entrepreneurship, Karan reveals that it was his training at Dexterity Global that helped him find this Zen. Since the age of 15, Karan was identified and groomed by Dexterity, a national organization powering the next generation of leaders through educational opportunities and training.
Apart from helping Karan enhance his overall skills and abilities, the ‘Dexterity to College’ programme helped him to become conscious of his responsibilities towards others around him. Thanking his mentors, he says, “Leadership and service will remain at the core of everything I do in my life, thanks to Dexterity Global.”
|Karan embodies the #ItsPossible spirit of GenX because…not only has he done his country proud by bagging a prestigious scholarship “offered exclusively to high-achieving international students admitted to Indiana University, Bloomington” but also because after completing his education at Kelley, he wants to establish innovative and socially conscious businesses which will serve communities across the globe.|