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Lalu gets more invites for lectures

Lalu, who turned the loss-making railways into a profit-making venture, is upbeat about his new avatar.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 19:28 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

After a top B-School's invite to Lalu Prasad to give management tips to its students, India's Railway Minister is being courted by the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy in Mussoorie to give a lecture.

Lalu Prasad, who turned the loss-making railways into a profit-making venture, is upbeat about his new avatar as visiting professor.

Lalu Prasad's lectures are in demand not just in India, but abroad as well. He has been invited to deliver a talk at a seminar organised by Harvard University in New Delhi next month.

Later in the month he is expected to address IAS probationers in Mussoorie. He is expecting some more invites for lectures.

Lalu Prasad told on Sunday: "I am on my way to becoming a visiting professor. I will lecture students on railway management and its success. This is a new job for me, but I am confident I will make a mark."

Detailing his schedule Lalu Prasad said, "I will deliver a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad onSeptember 18. This will be a great opportunity for me to address teachers and students on how Indian railways started making profits."

Lalu Prasad hinted that he might establish a railways' chair at IIM, Ahmedabad. "This will encourage and promote research on railways," he said.

Earlier a Paris-based school of management was keen to do a case study on the maverick railway minister. General Electric CEO Jeffrey R Immelt called on Lalu Prasad to commend his efforts for managing the huge railway network, and for improving the services without hiking the fares.

But Lalu Prasad did not miss a chance to take a dig at his political rival Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was also a former railway minister.

"How come no one invited him for any lecture?" he asked.

Lalu Prasad is credited with turning around the fortune of the railways with a cash reserve of Rs110 billion in the fiscal ending 2005-06.

First Published: Aug 27, 2006 19:28 IST