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January 21, 2012

IIM-A student to deliver doctors at your door step

AHMEDABAD: One of the striking features about the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) is the astonishing pay packages that its students are offered.

A student of the coveted institute, Siddharth Shah, was the first student from his batch to be picked up by a leading global investment bank during the summer internship. The company paid him Rs 2.5 lakh per month during the internship. With such credentials, Shah would be among the highest paid students of the institute in the campus placement.

Shah, who is going to graduate from the institute’s flagship course in a few months, however, is the first among the brave hearts of his batch to have opted out from the institute’s campus placement. Shunning corporate jobs, the 23-year-old student decided to follow his passion and set up his own business firm.

Shah will be providing doctors and medicines at your doorstep at a phone call. “We can order a pizza to be home delivered within 30 minutes but there is no such service for getting a doctor home. There are also issues of medical services not reaching the rural population effectively. My idea is to set up a platform to bridge such gaps in the sector through the innovative use of existing technologies,” said Shah.

“I have always followed my passion. Leadership is one of them. By becoming an entrepreneur, I can be a leader from the very first day of my career,” said Shah, who was the head-boy of his school and students’ representative in his college days. He had also been the national go-karting champion for three consecutive years.

Shah’s family hails from Gujarat but is now settled in Mumbai. While both his parents are doctors, Shah drew most of his inspiration from his father who is the founder of various hospitals in Mumbai.

However, the young entrepreneur is determined not to lean on his parents for his venture. “I have to pay off my education loan but I am neither going to lean on my parents for this nor for the venture. I will be sourcing my own finance,” he said.

“For a student of IIM-A, capital is not a problem with so many banks ready to offer loans. What stops many people from becoming entrepreneurs is the fear of the risks involved and the burden of education loans. More than anything else, it is courage that is required to become an entrepreneur,” said Shah.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/IIM-A-student-to-deliver-doctors-at-your-door-step/articleshow/11532376.cms

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