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Joel Barker's pithy saying, "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world!" distinguishes an entrepreneur from others. An entrepreneur acts to bring visions to reality. I have longed to be one and have learnt from my reading that modern entrepreneurs have all worked to use technology for the betterment of our lives. Therefore, I decided long ago to study engineering and did not miss any opportunities to learn how the machines in our everyday life worked. In my school days, I used to listen to audio cassettes on a tape recorder. When I learnt the difference between mono and stereo recording, I thought of converting two mono recorded audio cassettes into a single stereo cassette, recorded in mono mode using the cassette's LEFT and RIGHT channels as a separate channels, to be heard in sequence, not together. To my delight, the idea worked and resulted in compacting two cassettes into a single mono cassette.

With good scores in the science subjects, I could choose the engineering stream to take up for Bachelors. I chose Electronics & Telecommunication, because of its wide, interdisciplinary span and the ever increasing use of electronics in every branch of modern science, from Astrophysics to Medicine. It is a field rich with opportunities for an entrepreneur. The curriculum of University of Pune introduced me to the basics of several subjects, such as Digital Signal Processing, Integrated Circuit Application, Computer Networks, Digital Communication, System Programming and Operating Systems and application of theories in practice through lab work and team projects.

Presently, I am studying in the final semester of the Bachelors program. Though technological proficiency and creative genius are the internal strengths of an enterprise, another determinant of success in competition in an environment full of uncertainties is possession of management skills. From the MS program in Engineering Management I look forward gaining the knowledge and skills in courses, such as Concepts of Financial and Management, Accounting, Management of Engineering Teams, Financial Engineering and Engineering Project Management while keeping up with the developments in the field of technology.

The discipline of engineering management originated in the USA, therefore, that is the best place to study it. From browsing through the websites of several universities in the USA, I realized that the program offered by XXX University meets my career needs best. I am particularly attracted by the research initiatives such as YYYY which are squarely in the areas of my interest.

With the above aim, during the Bachelors program, I paid particular attention to entrepreneurship related courses. The sixth semester course in Industrial Management I earned distinction. It introduced theories of Total Quality Management, Convergence of Technology Information Integrity and System Dynamic Modeling Software-Stella. In the seventh semester I took Electronic System Design as the elective and learnt the steps in product design such as market survey, R&D and prototypes, environmental testing, documentation and reliability. I was one of the 135 students selected to attend the workshop on Design Innovation organized by COEP, Pune and MIT Media Lab, USA. As a part of it, my product development team consisting of engineering, Business, Arts and Management students, I realized the essentiality of multidisciplinary approach in developing successful technical product.

By the end of the seventh semester, I ranked eighth in my class of seventy four students with a score of 61 percent. Being a member of IEEE societies for communication, circuits and system and consumer electronics helped me keep up with the latest developments in technologies. In the third year, I was elected chairman of IEEE student's chapter of our college. I attribute this to the social skills that I developed from living in different parts of India and exposure to the diverse cultural traditions of those different parts. As the chairman, I took the initiative to publish the first departmental newsletter and became its editor. This experience underlined the importance of team-work in such complex tasks and leading and motivating the team and focusing its efforts on a single goal. Another achievement was successful organization of 'Perception', the national-level technical event of the College, which attractedabout 9000 visitors. It was a tremendous effort involving fundraising, publicity and general management. In another context, as a member of Ignited Innovators of India, a group of BHAU Institute of COEP, I worked to improve the college campus. I was in charge of collection and recycling of used paper.

As an undergraduate, I have striven to achieve well-defined career goal and to develop my aptitude towards technology, curiosity, proficiency in academic subjects to achieve that goal. The Master's program in Engineering Management will be a major step to span the gap between what I am and what I want to be; that is, a techno-commercial entrepreneur in India, where there is a vast scope for development of indigenous technology and availability of trained and expert manpower. Above all the MS program will be an opportunity to work with the guidance of expert professors and to compete with international students, which will prepare me to meet the challenges in the real world. I look forward to the positive response of the admissions committee to open to me the portals of the XXX University.

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