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First salary: From Rs 200 in 1961 to general manager

January 07, 2020 13:15 IST

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reader Vijai Kumar Sharma, 79 from Jaipur shared his story:

Vijai Sharma

Just after graduating in engineering from the prestigious Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, I joined a private company.

In October 1961, was posted as mechanical engineer at Toshniwal Industries in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

My monthly salary was Rs 250 with no other allowances, out of which a sum of Rs 50 was to be retained as a security deposit, which would be refunded after six months of service.

When I got my first salary-- a sum of Rs 200 in my hands -- it was a sizeable amount at that time.

I felt delighted to receive my first salary.

On reaching home, I gave the amount to my parents.

They were very happy and they gave me a lot of blessings.

When compared to the salary levels today, my first salary was too small, but the experience was very good and the environment was peaceful.

I left my first job for better prospects in life. Subsequently I took voluntary retirement as additional general manager, at Ordnance Factory in Khamaria, Jabalpur, Government of India and later associate professor, Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur.

I went on to receive President of India award, Fellowship award, HK Firodia award, Life time achievement award and several other awards and appreciation letters as part of my career.

I have travelled to 17 countries, jointly published six books, 185 articles, book-reviews etc which have been published in India and abroad.

I have been a visiting faculty, paper setter, examiner, project evaluator, reviewer, assessor, referee, course coordinator, writer, trainer and project guide.

I am also the founder president of BHU Alumni Association, Jaipur, founder vice-chairman IIIE, Udaipur Chapter and founder EC member, IIM Ahmedabad Alumni Association, Jaipur Chapter.

I have experienced so many ups and downs in my life but when I look back, I realise how their blessings helped me earn various accolades in life.


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