Achieving his dream: MIT’s LGO Program

MIT Sloan’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, which combines the traditional MBA with an MS in Mechanical Engineering, had always been Rahul Nechlani’s dream. While achieving it wasn’t easy, today, Rahul is a first-year MIT Sloan student. The LGO program is uniquely aligned to his goal of leading global operations for a large-scale biopharmaceutical company. The school’s teaching focus, “learning by doing”, mirrors his mantra for learning.

Strong academics – he attended IIT and earned a 740 on the GMAT – and professional experience – he worked at Cipla and Godfrey Phillips – formed the foundation of Rahul’s application. But, his sense of individuality, focus and the ability to introspect gave him the true competitive edge.

“The unusual choices I made at different points in my life have shaped me into the person I am today,” says Rahul. “I have always followed my heart and once I make a decision, I work tirelessly to make it a reality.” This belief spurred Rahul to leave his home in Ahmedabad and pursue his passion for engineering in Kota instead of joining the family business. Rahul’s can-do attitude gave him the strength to drag himself up the 25-foot icy slope, which he had fallen down during the third day of a trek to Roopkund, a summit 13500 feet above sea level. And he chose to get out of his comfort zone, as he immersed himself in In Sync – the dance club of IIT Mumbai.

Once considered a black sheep, Rahul now is an inspiration to younger members of his family!

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