我在学校的时候被介绍到数学和物理科学，是在高中的时候，我考虑在这个领域工作。对应用物理科学和数学的渴望促使我参加了印度理工学院(Indian Institutes of Technology)的联合入学考试(JEE)。在参加考试的近10万名学生中，我排名前0.25%。我在印度理工学院孟买分校的本科教育不仅给了我一定的技能，也帮助我了解了我感兴趣的领域和我的学术优势和劣势。这种认识让我意识到，虽然应用物理科学对我很有吸引力，但我的优势在于应用数学和对现实的抽象。我尤其对工业和技术系统的管理方面感兴趣。这种兴趣是在我大三的“生产力管理”研讨会上发展起来的，在那次研讨会上，我探讨了生产战略与生产力改进之间的关系。通过大四的“质量控制决策支持系统”项目，我继续在这方面的研究。该项目旨在研究质量功能中的各种决策机制，并提供相应的计算机支持。这个项目也让我认识到制造业和公司其他功能特别是信息系统之间的相互作用。在我的研究过程中，通过阅读斯金纳的《企业战略中的制造》、戴明的《走出危机》、戈德拉特的《目标》等优秀书籍，我最终决定攻读运营管理博士学位，并在此之后从事学术工作。
I was introduced to mathematics and the physical sciences while at school and it was in high school that I considered a career in this area. The desire to study the applied physical sciences and mathematics prompted me to take the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology. I was ranked in the top 0.25 % of the nearly 1,00,000 students who took the examination.My undergraduate education at IIT Bombay has not only given me a certain set of skills but has also helped me understand my fields of interest and my academic strengths and weaknesses. This understanding has made me realize that though the applied physical sciences appeal to me, my strengths lie in applied mathematics and in abstractions of reality. In particular, I am interested in the managerial aspects of industrial and technological systems. This interest developed during my junior year seminar titled ‘Productivity Management’ in which I explored the relationship between manufacturing strategy and productivity improvement. I continued further research in this area through my senior year project titled ‘Decision Support System for Quality Control’ which sought to investigate various decision making mechanisms in the quality function and provide corresponding computer support. The project also enabled me to appreciate the interaction between manufacturing and the other functions of the firm especially information systems. The reading of certain outstanding books during the course of my research such as Skinner’s ‘Manufacturing in the Corporate Strategy’, Deming’s ‘Out of the Crisis’ and Goldratt’s ‘The Goal’ finally convinced me to pursue a Ph.D. in operations management and an academic career thereafter.