Shri Dhirendra Upadhyay hails from Hathras area of Uttar Pradesh and is presently working as Marketing Manager under Reliance Industries Limited. In a recent interview, he talked about his experiences as a Vidya Bharati alumni and his journey so far. A brief extract of the interview is given below:
Interviewer: Please tell us something about your academic background?
Mr. Upadhyay: I did my primary schooling till class 8 from Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Uttar Pradesh. Later I joined Government School to complete my secondary and higher secondary education. After schooling I did my graduation (B. Tech) in Textile Chemistry from Govt. Central Textile Institute, Kanpur, India in 2008 and PGDM-Marketing degree from Welingkar Institute of Management in 2015.
Professionally I have been associated with several well known Corporate bodies Just after graduation, I got the opportunity to work for Shahi Exports Pvt Ltd, which is India's largest apparel manufacturer as an Asst. Manager. I had worked there for approximately 3 years. Later on I went on to work with EICL Ltd, Zydex Industries and GRASIM Industries. It was in 2019, that I joined Reliance Industries Limited as Marketing Manager and presently posted in Delhi.
Interviewer: Please tell us something about where you are from and your family background.
Mr. Upadhyay: My family hails from Hathras area of Uttar Pradesh. It consists of my father who is an Ex Army personnel, my mother who is a homemaker, my elder sister and my wife who is associated with the educational field.
Interviewer: Can you share your school day experiences with the community?
Mr. Upadhyay: I firmly believe that a great deal of credit towards the development of my moral values and my connection to the Indian culture goes to my school. Simple academics can be given by anybody, but cultural knowledge and importance of nationalism is something that is very unique to all Vidya Bharati schools. The schools are always ready to support their students in developing their talents, alongside studies.
Interviewer: Are you associated with any kind of social work?
Mr. Upadhyay: Being in the corporate sector I don't get much time to get associated with any particular cause as such, but whenever someone needs my assistance, I always try to help them out. Also for sometime I have been associated with an ISHA foundation which is a spiritual organisation and linked with environmental development projects as well. I also try to donate financially to worthy causes frequently.
Interviewer: Would you like to give any message to the Vidya Bharati community?
Mr. Upadhyay: One message that I feel that should be given to all parents, that they should never force their children to go to English Medium schools blindly. Rather it is the duty of the parents to see that their children go to schools where their proper development is ensured along with sound academics.
Vidya Bharati thanks Shri Shri Dhirendra Upadhyayi for taking out time and sharing his experiences with the community.
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