Vinod Gupta’s #7 ranking at IIT Kharagpur

Every year schools are ranked from the best to the worst in various categories; which is carried out by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). Through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) the government in India has developed the following issues, “Teaching, Learning and Resources,” “Research and Professional Practices,” “Graduation Outcomes,” “Outreach and Inclusivity,” and “Perception.” From this ranking system Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSoM) at IIT Kharagpur ranked seventh overall in the management category. Ranking seventh is quite an accomplishment considering the depth that occurs during the ranking process for a school including: placement, advanced studies, average salary, entrepreneurship, university examinations, number of graduating students admitted into top universities, and the total number of PhD students that graduated that academic year.

Vinod Gupta is a managing general partner that was born in a small village on July 4th, 1946 North of New Delhi, India. After graduating high school in his local village Vinod’s family helped him obtain the money he needed to move to Lincoln, Nebraska to further his education in engineering. After completing his graduate work, Vinod began working at Commodore Corporation as a marketing research analyst. While carrying out a task, the idea struck Vinod to compile all phone books to make a better available list available to everyone. Turned out that Vinod had reconfigured a product that was in demand and began making him a large income.

13 years later the database was complete and growing with a continuous demand. Today Vinod’s directory, infoUSA (formerly known as American Business Information), has information that has been derived from 5,200 different phone directories including all the United States and Canada. Vinod invested $100 initially and was sold in 2010 for $680 million. Vinod has since contributed large sums of money to many major charities including IIT –Kharagpur.

Daniel Taub: Integrity and Professionalism in the form of Envoy

Daniel Taub is someone who changed the way Ambassadors work, during his term in the U.K. for the period of 2011-15. The former Ambassador of Israel is known for his integrity and professionalism, and that helped the Jewish community in the U.K greatly. Interestingly, Taub’s works also helped to advance the relationship between both the countries to a higher level. This is the reason the Jewish Chronicle wrote about him as the most efficient and successful envoy from Israel after Shlomo Argov – who was shot in the U.K. in 1982. Taub is also credited for working with various communities in the country to solve the differences between them.


Taub said that he felt a great level of accomplishment when it comes to the relationship between both the countries during his period. He always says that should not look back on things once it is completed. While Daniel Taub thinks about his tenure as the Israeli Ambassador, he says few people ask him he could have done a bit more. To them, he responds that the embassy had set some goals during the beginning of his term, and compared to that, he achieved much more. Interestingly, he could create relationships with the new areas of British society and expanded to regions the embassy was not served before.


During his period, the Israeli embassy opened Information Centers in Wales and Scotland. Even Manchester Center has got an expansion considering the growing footfall. Daniel Taub is a person who loves to speak with people irrespective of friends or foes. He thinks that a great talk can help him to solve many issues or make him understand things better. Daniel remembers that many people came to him, while he was an envoy, and spoke to him very openly on a condition that he should not make the discussion public. Taub could talk to many people who are critical to Israel in this manner.


Daniel Taub is also an international lawyer and writer who even served in Israeli Defense Forces as a combat medic after his education. Later he worked in the President’s office as a speechwriter. In 1991, Daniel joined the Foreign Ministry of Israel and took care of various responsibilities. He is regarded as an expert in the Laws of War, Counter-terrorism, and International Law, and served as the Deputy Legal Advisor to Foreign Affairs Ministry of Israel. Taub also actively played in the negotiations with Red Cross Society to ensure Israel’s entry into it.


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