Several times during his career, he has taken decisions contrary to common aspirations. A meritorious student, he also had an excellent stint in the corporate world with The Statesman and Times of India until 2002, when he decided to move into academics in search of a more well-rounded life. “I thought that getting into academics would not only satisfy an inner urge, but I would also have a better work-life balance.”
Prof. Thakur believes in teaching targeted at transformation. He advises, “First and foremost, a teacher has to create a perspective, a certain value which transforms the audience that he is catering to. That itself is a contribution towards social change or a social movement.” He expands on the theme, saying that learning should translate into a relevant skill useful for industry and society.
Prof. Thakur has lectured in many countries. These meaningful cross-cultural interactions have helped him build better lessons for his students. He describes his stint at Jaipuria Institute of Management as an interesting challenge where he has to deal with a diverse student body while experimenting with practical learning. He has also been involved in research in the area of International Business and Management education. He plans to publish his research at a relevant time, as he is engaged in what he calls ‘experiential research’ and in the meantime, motivates and spurs his students on with the philosophy, “A mantra for success is that in any given circumstance, one has to find a way out and identify where one can excel.”
International Business is Prof. Thakur’s domain. However, he counsels students by telling them that no individual is carved out for specific subjects or domains. He says, “You evolve within the organisation and companies reward you with responsibilities of handling business internationally.”