Dimpal Rawat graduated from Himalayan Inter College (HIC) in 2017 and is presently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Dehradun. She is a recipient of a scholarship from Himalayan Education Foundation (HEF). Let’s talk to her to know more about herself and her aspirations and goals.
Hi, Dimpal, welcome to Himalayan Vaani. Please tell us about your family background.
I am from Majgaon, Kameridevi near Chaukori. My father is an assistant manager in a textile company in Surat, Gujarat. My mother is a homemaker. I have a brother and a sister. Both are studying now.
After graduating from HIC, what did you study?
I did a Diploma in Information Technology for 1 year from Lal Bahadur Shastri Training Institute Almora, Uttarakhand. And then Bachelor’s degree in science with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Soban Singh Jeena Campus, Almora.
I am currently studying for my Master of Business Administration degree from Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun.
What motivated you to take up your current studies in MBA?
I have been very clear since my college days that I need to do an MBA degree because it is the crucial step for managers who want to make a mark in the business world. I always want to learn, explore and experience the corporate sector.
I am driven to make a career in the corporate world and reach a top managerial position.
Who inspires you? Who supports you in this journey?
I am an ardent admirer of Ratan Naval Tata, who led the Indian corporate giant- Tata Sons. Under his leadership, the group went from strength to strength and became an important player in India’s economic liberalization program.
My parents support and encourage me in my studies.They inspire me to dream big.
Interesting. What are your subjects of interest in the present course?
My main focus is on Finance management and I am also interested in Accounting.
To enhance my skills and knowledge, I did a certification course in Finance For Managers, which is authorised by IESE business school through Coursera and also another course in the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing by Google Digital Unlocked.
I believe in this fast changing world it’s essential to equip oneself with a multitude of skills and constantly upgrade them.
Where are you based now? Tell me what you like about living in the city?
Now I live in Dehradun for my MBA degree. In the city, there are more opportunities for professional career growth and better facilities for enhancing knowledge and skills.
What did you like about living in the hill country for schooling?
What I liked most is the peaceful environment of my school. It’s free of noise pollution and has a calm ambience. It is a wonderful place to learn.
What are the challenges faced by the hill communities?
One of my observations is parents prioritising the studies of their sons over that of their daughters.This is so not only because of the traditional beliefs but also due to the cost of quality education at present. So it is not just a social issue. It is an economic issue as well.
There are many challenges such as unemployment, migration to cities, lack of health care facilities in hilly areas.
How would you like to contribute to the betterment of your native place?
I would like to help every age group. I want to support poor students, who are capable and motivated, to get a quality education.
For the people of the village who want to learn and expand their knowledge or business skills, I would like to provide these things and also mentor them in their commercial ventures.This is essential for rural growth.
What do you think are the priorities for the government for making villages prosper?
Providing quality education for all irrespective of their economic or gender status is an important step.
Introducing new technologies in agriculture and cottage industries will make the work easier and productivity to go up. This helps rural women a lot in making work less burdensome.
Creating wealth through small scale enterprises and high value businesses without damaging the environment is the key, I think, for rural growth.
Village elders must be taken care of and their experience and wisdom must guide the youth.
Good thoughts indeed. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read inspirational and fiction books and watch comedy shows of Bharti Singh and Kapil Sharma.
What are your favourite books?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.
Do you listen to music? If so, who are your favourite musicians and music?
I love to listen to the music of Shreya Ghoshal, Ayushmann Khurana and Guru Randhawa.
What is your favourite memory of HIC?
When I was in class 6th, it was announced that I got first rank in my class. I was applauded in front of the HIC staff and student assembly. Our principal praised my performance and told everyone how she had believed in me and my capabilities. It meant a lot to me. Those words are unforgettable and lift my spirits even now. I try to live up to them.
Your advice to HIC students, especially girls?
I would like to say, “Believe in yourself and follow your passion. Be willing to learn from your good and bad experiences. You’ll achieve excellence if you apply these life lessons whether in academics,sports or cultural activities.”
Enjoy your school life as this time will never come back and make a lot of good memories there.
How to contact you to know more about yourself?
Phone No. 7500896600
Thank you Dimpal Rawat. We wish you good luck in achieving your career goals and life aspirations.