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The Art of Man-making: ‘The most important human value is integrity’

A recipient of Dr Stya Paul Award for Human Values talks about the values she learnt from her parents and teachers



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Each year, select students of Apeejay are awarded the prestigious Dr Stya Paul Award for epitomising good human values. Surbhi Sharma was one of those who was conferred with the award while pursuing an MBA at Apeejay Institute of Management & Engineering Technical Campus (AIMETC). Working now as a research associate at ABC Consultants after completing her degree this year, Surbhi tells us about some of the core values that drive her.

Why do you think you were chosen for the coveted Dr Stya Paul Award for Human Values?

I felt really honoured to be chosen by my professors for this award. I think one of the important criteria was academics. At AIMETC, I was the topper in all four semesters. I am from a non-Commerce background; I did my graduation in BSc Nursing, which in its essence is about important human values like empathy and serving mankind.

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Second, I participated in many co-curricular activities during my time at AIMETC. I was a secretary at the Rotaract club and the head of the Marketing and HR club, among several other activity clubs that I was part of. I was also a student placement coordinator. All these activities played a role in shaping my personality and getting my name chosen for the prestigious award.

What values or lessons did you learn through these activities?

For me, the most important human value is integrity — you must do the right thing even when no one is watching, which eventually gives you inner peace. Integrity is a powerful value that not only makes a difference in your life but also sets you apart as an example for others.

What was your experience at AIMETC like?

I pursued an MBA with specialisation in HR and Marketing. Being a part of Apeejay was an honour for me. We had online classes in the first year of college, but once we started going to the campus it was altogether a very different and even more enriching experience. Choosing AIMETC was a major decision for my parents as well, both of whom work in the field of education. I learnt a lot at Apeejay. The teachers and the management were extremely supportive, and it is only because of them that I was able to land a corporate job.

Growing up, what values did your parents instill in you?

The values you learn in your childhood form the very foundation of your growth as a human being. Integrity, truthfulness, and honesty are the basic values that influence how a child develops as an individual. My father, a professor, and my mother, a teacher, always focused on honesty and truthfulness. These values help me even today in the corporate world.

How did you get the job?

I worked with them as an intern for three months after which they offered me a permanent position.

Is it difficult to hold on to your values in an environment of severe competition among peers?

It is definitely not easy but, in my case, I gain inspiration from my parents and grandparents and how they go about their daily lives. This helps me a lot.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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