Udupi, Nov 20, 2016: On the sidelines of the convocation, he told reporters, “I am visiting Manipal after 27 years. I feel emotional and nostalgic. I feel younger. I now prefer visiting Malpe Beach and Shanthala Restaurant where I had supper and of course, the End Point.” said Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.
“I am grateful and obliged to Manipal university for conferring an honorary doctorate for me. The time I spent here is the best phase of my life,” he said. CEOSuri reiterated that fun and seriousness during the course of study is essential.
“Friendship teaches unforgettable lessons. I developed the ability to work in diversified culture and values here. This diversity has its core at MIT, Manipal Institute of Technology where I studied Electronics and Communication in the late 1980s.
“Learning is a life-long experience. I am passionate about learning (new) things. One should be eager enough to embrace diversity. Diversity with gender balance is the need of the hour. The world is on the threshold of anti-globalisation. It would be a tough era to deal with. The next 100 years would witness a technology revolution which would be valid for the next 20,000 years.”
CEO Suri said leadership is all about emotional intelligence. “I prefer encouraging taking risks and accepting failures. If one does not accept the failures, there would be no scope for innovation.” He said Nokia Technologies is coming out with reality cameras called Nokia Ozo with eight lenses. Besides, Nokia is releasing smart phones and tablets in a different way of rebranding.
Nokia has licensed the brand to HMD Global, a totally different and powerful company. Nokia has a large portfolio ahead for 2060, he explained.
He called upon students to work hard as there is no glass ceiling. “Wisdom is tough and one should choose curiosity over clarity, choose conviction and one should also ask right searching questions,” he concluded.