All ABOUT SCALE
Designindia|Designindia 114
A well known industrialist, Dr. Naushad Forbes is Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall, India's leading steam engineering and control instrumentation company. He is on the Board of several educational institutions and public companies and was recently listed in the Indian Express list of the 100 most influential Indians. His is also a familiar name in Indian design circles. As former Chairman Governing Council National Institute of Design (NID), and Chairman India Design Council (IDC), Dr. Forbes has been able to work at bridging the still large gap between industry and design in the country.

How did your years as a student at Stanford University impact your career?

NF: I received my Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD Degrees from Stanford University. I hugely enjoyed my student years. I found myself taking courses all over the university - in history, economics, literature and art in addition to my course work in engineering. Indeed, if I were to go back to university again, I wouldn’t study engineering but would instead do economic history.

Three life-long impacts from my student years:

When one considers any issue, going back to first principles always helps. What does the underlying theory say? Rigor in thinking that makes one keep asking why something is so, ensuring that whatever one observes must fit into a broader pattern of understanding, this to me is critical.

Some of my greatest professors were also the quietest. In a discussion one rarely heard them express a view, or they argued the opposite to whatever the majority view was. The best learning happened that way.

Learning was good for its own sake, for the simple joy of knowing or understanding something new; it didn’t need to be useful.

What did teaching at Stanford teach you?

NF: I was an occasional Lecturer and Consulting Professor at Stanford University from 1987 to 2004. I had complete autonomy to teach what I liked in the way I liked. I was fresh out of college, but never once did anyone look at what I was doing, so the responsibility for doing well or badly as a teacher was completely mine. I loved the students and was passionate about the subject. If you do something you love, you’ll do it well, so it all worked out well. I developed courses on Technology in Newly Industrializing Countries. I also came away completely convinced that any attempt by a government to determine a curriculum, or try to enforce teaching standards, was a rather foolish thing to do, certainly for any highly competitive institution.

What, in your opinion, defines market leadership in India today? How do you envision it changing in the future?

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM DESIGNINDIAView All

The Richness Of Handmade

Amit Vijaya and Richard Pandav are committed to bringing together many hands and hearts through their clothing label ‘amrich’

6 mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

The perfect balance

Aniruddh Mehta is as much graphic designer as visual artist, and he tries to do justice to both through his work at Studio Bigfat

5 mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

The Nature of Light

Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth of Klove Studio combine the delicacy of hand blown glass with the sturdiness of metals to create a breathtaking range of lighting options.

6 mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

The Creative curve

As partners at GCD Studios, graphic designers Shahana Jain and Devshree Sahai contribute enthusiastically to the ‘creation of ideas without boundaries’.

10+ mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

All ABOUT SCALE

A well known industrialist, Dr. Naushad Forbes is Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall, India's leading steam engineering and control instrumentation company. He is on the Board of several educational institutions and public companies and was recently listed in the Indian Express list of the 100 most influential Indians. His is also a familiar name in Indian design circles. As former Chairman Governing Council National Institute of Design (NID), and Chairman India Design Council (IDC), Dr. Forbes has been able to work at bridging the still large gap between industry and design in the country.

5 mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

NO NEED TO HIDE

By encouraging traditional leather artisans to explore recycled rubber and other material, Sudheer Rajbhar is giving them the opportunity to keep their skills alive

3 mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

A NATURAL INSTINCT

Nibha Sikander’s 3D figures of birds and insects are intended to draw attention to the wonders of nature. She tells Sonalee Tomar of ‘The Indian Curator’ how she was drawn to the art of paper-cutting.

4 mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

A moving experience

Amrish Patel and Darshan Soni came together to share a common vision that has since come alive through striking explorations of kinetic art

6 mins read
Designindia
Designindia 114

Giving New Dimension To Space

Over a 20-year career, Shobhana Hadap has effectively managed to combine her graphic design skills with her love for space design. She tells POOL how she and the team at Pune-based Studio Mars create memorable multidimensional brand experiences for a variety of clients.

10+ mins read
POOL
POOL 108

Function As Much As Form

Communication designer Varun Panesar’s idea to use better layouts to improve physical products took a surprising turn when he designed his first wallet

7 mins read
POOL
POOL 108
RELATED STORIES

Where Ultrafast Delivery Still Zooms

India’s so-called quick commerce is soaring, but high cash burn may clip the startups’ wings

6 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek US
June 27, 2022

WHAT'S UP WITH... SNORING

Whether it's a whistle or an air horn, here's why we do it and how to turn off the racket.

2 mins read
Prevention US
July 2022

The Journey of a LIFETIME

HEATHER MASON is a yoga therapist who has pioneered yoga and mindfulness in the healthcare sector, including for the National Health Services in the United Kingdom. Here, she is interviewed by EKTA BOUDERLIQUE of the Heartfulness Yoga Academy in the Yoga 4 Unity 2022 program.

10 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
June 2022

Animal Kingdom Storytelling

Kanha National Park & Tiger Reserve – Kaziranga | The Land Of Big Five

2 mins read
Lens Magazine
May 2022

Killer Heat Is Here

The record temperatures ravaging India are a warning of global catastrophes to come

4 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 30 - June 06, 2022 (Double Issue)

FOOD FOR Thought

All about food

2 mins read
Reader's Digest US
June 2022

THE TREE OF Life and Fertility

DR. V. RAMAKANTHA shares some insights into the science, history and mythology of the Banyan tree, also known as the Bengal Fig or Indian Fig. The Banyan is one of those mythical trees that has had an important place in the life and history of the people of India since ancient times. It is also home to many species of birds, animals, and epiphytic plants.

7 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
May 2022

East Meets West

Kalyani Adusumilli grew up in a minority group in the United States, straddling cultures, learning how to fit in, and later learning how to accept the traditions of her heritage. Today, she is watching her children going through the same process, shifting their cultural identity, as they head toward adulthood in the melting pot of a multicultural society.

4 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
May 2022

NILANGANA BANERJEE: 2 series The 'Selves' | The Lullaby

The series Selves aims to artistically represent the psychological conflicts we face when we weigh ourselves based on socially determined of what is ideal and where we stand with the distorted and one-size that fits all defined.

6 mins read
Lens Magazine
April 2022

PC Shipments Decline After 2 Years of Pandemic-Fueled Growth

Despite the 5.1% decline, PC shipments in Q1 were still relatively high for the period and exceeded 80 million units for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to research firm IDC.

1 min read
PC Magazine
May 2022