Anand Mahindra receives honorary doctorate from IIT Bombay

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra has been conferred an honorary doctorate at the 53rd Convocation of IIT Bombay.

Mahindra was conferred a doctor of science (honoris causa) for his commitment in furthering the cause and growth of the automobile industry, and for his significant contribution to the social development of India.

The doctor of science (honoris causa) is the highest honour bestowed by IIT Bombay. Over the past two decades, Mahindra has contributed immeasurably to the development of India's indigenous automotive industry and the success of vehicles like the Scorpio and the XUV500 is testimony to this contribution.

''Everyone says that 'Jugaad' is India's biggest contribution to the world. What I want from all of you is to work towards moving from 'Jugaad' to 'Jhakaas'. This is about thinking differently and not just thinking cheap,'' said Anand Mahindra, speaking to the graduating students after receiving the award.

'''Jhakaas' is about disruption and sustained disruption requires an educational culture where questioning is encouraged and failure is embraced. I would argue that one of the 'I's in IIT stands for imagination. So, I urge you all to go out there and focus on this 'I'. This will lead us to not only 'Make in India' but also 'Imagine in India,'' said Mahindra.

Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, as the chief guest for the occasion delivered the convocation address to the gathering.