India Education
Lalu preaches honesty to American students
Mar 16, 2007 - 4:58:46 PM

New Delhi, March 16 - Giving honesty a high berth, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav Friday showered his pearls of wisdom on 57 management students from the US at the Railway Museum in the capital.

Sharing with them the turnaround story of the Indian Railways, which currently posts profits, Lalu Prasad highlighted the reasons behind it as well as the areas that needed to be worked upon.

'I told the students the mantra of the railways' success story is one, honesty,' Yadav told the media which had gathered there.

'The 1.4 million railway officials have been working shoulder to shoulder with full dedication and honesty in order to face all the challenges. It's because of this that we are where we are today.

'The other two qualities which I told them to keep in mind were determination to achieve the goal and a vision to realise that.'

Thirty-five students from McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, and 22 students from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, arrived March 3 in India and have since been travelling to different places and taking trips in trains. They will leave March 17.

'There are a good number of Indian students in various foreign universities and I urge them to come back to India. I will give them job opportunities in the Indian Railways,' the minister said.

And the visiting youngsters were clearly impressed.

John Hardy from the University of Virginia said: 'The interaction session with the minister has been fruitful. While sharing the success story of the Indian Railways, he also mentioned the weaknesses that have to be worked upon.'

Claudia, another student, said: 'Maintenance of the railways, environmental issues related to it and punctuality of trains were the three things which he stressed upon.'

Seven students of the University of Virginia had taken a trip from Agra to Varanasi by train, which was delayed by five hours.

'He's got the vision and the people around him to change the face of the railways,' said another student, Brian Briscoe of the University of Texas, about the minister. A couple of students from his university had travelled from Goa to Delhi.

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