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Himanshu Rai teaches Post-Graduate and Doctoral students subjects in Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour, Research Methodology, Communication and Negotiation at the Indian Institute of Management – Lucknow. During his eight-year stint with Tata Steel, he found his passion – trekking in the Himalayas, which in turn led him to a clear vision of what he wanted to do with his life. He wished to help people become aware of their own selves, choices and opportunities that life presents them with, and realize their potential to the fullest. He believes that this can be best achieved through quality education. He decided to enter the world of academics and went on to pursue his doctorate at Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad. He sincerely believes in the power of academics to lead the change that people aspire to bring about in our society. His personal focus is not just academic excellence but achieving it on the basis of ethics, integrity and a need for self-actualisation. Himanshu hails from a Vedically-oriented background, which he chose to draw upon when he decided to analyse the great Indian epic ‘The Mahabharata’ for his Doctoral Thesis on Executive Dispute Handling Capacity. He constantly endeavours to probe the scientific side of our ancient wisdom, finding echoes in many modern philosophies, using this to inspire his students. A connoisseur of Sanskrit literature, he has also written about and given discourses on Indian and Western philosophy, which he avidly studies. His research always has a strong underpinning of philosophy and its elements. He is deeply involved in academic research and management consultancy, which includes negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The latest feather in his cap was Common Admission Test 2010 (CAT 2010), as the Convenor of which, he successfully led the largest format change in world’s testing history exceeding all global standards of testing. Himanshu considers The Himalayas his spiritual abode and is passionate about mountaineering and trekking. He got his first taste of trekking on one such trip organized by Tata Adventure Foundation in 1992, headed by Ms Bachendri Pal – the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest. Since that year, he treks up the Garhwal Himalayas annually, also having led several expeditions up to a height of nearly 20,000 feet. He has explored most of the treks in this vast area and has scaled Rudragaira, Khatling and Chandrashila peaks. Himanshu looks to yoga, as a means to balance the body, the mind and the spirit. He has also introduced his students to the basic tenets of this ancient Indian discipline through various workshops. As a mark of his commitment to yoga, he also supports Swastipath - a movement that seeks to bring about social change and inspire today’s youth with the help of Vedic learning, Yogic philosophy and scientific attitude towards solving problems - started by Swami Videh Yogi, who also guides and instructs him in his practice of both Yoga and Ayurveda. An avid quizzer, Himanshu has conducted over a hundred quiz shows across the country and has had a delightful stint in dramatics with many plays to his credit, both as an actor and a director. He also juggles a keen interest in reading and collecting books with a strong passion for music.

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