Alumni affair to savour

Updated on Sep 02, 2004 05:21 PM IST

Darden Business School at the University of Virginia is the number one B-school worldwide when it comes to alumni effectiveness.

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PTI | BySM Yasir

Darden, ever heard of it? Maybe you haven’t. But the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia has been rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the number one B-school worldwide when it comes to alumni effectiveness, and 12th overall in the year 2003.

The annual reunion of Darden’s India alumni chapter this week was a cocktail party with a difference. The highlight of the evening was a lecture by Hindustan Times foreign editor Pramit Pal Chaudhuri on ‘Rivals or Partners to the US: India? Or China?’

Brown-Forman Worldwide area director, Amrit Kiran Singh was happy that Chaudhuri helped clarify his thoughts on international relations. Listening in rapt attention were Italian deputy chief of mission Giorgio Starace, trade commissioner Guglielmo Galli and DDA’s commissioner (planning) A.K.Jain. V.N.

Dalmia, president of The Darden India Alumni Chapter was elated when the American minister-counselor for public affairs Michael H. Anderson quoted US News to pronounce University of Virginia as the 22nd amongst over 200 universities in the country. Jaideep Wadhwa, country director for Ingersol-Rand Wadco Tools Private Limited, said he was proud of his alma mater.

Jain, who went to Illinois in the 70s, went down memory lane: “I used to work part-time to earn $35 a day. Today my son there gets $20 an hour.” Aditi Chadha, who went to the University of Richmond, said there was no rivalry between Richmond and Darden, because both had their strengths.
Photos: Manoj Verma

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