During a live session with students, Indian American economist and Noble Prize-winner Abhijit Banerjee revealed that he did not always have an economics interest, economics was just a fortuity. As part of the Legend of University program, Banerjee interacted with students, with over 20, 000 students attending it. He said he had no idea that he would be awarded a Nobel Prize for randomized controlled trials.
Throughout the 45-minute session, Banerjee, a professor of economics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT), also of the Ford Foundation, addressed different aspects of his intellectual life, shared anecdotes from his profession and stressed that he was accessible and able to do new ideas rather than plan his existence. He spoke thoroughly about the importance of having fun while working on something while students have to be dedicated and committed to the mission they pursue.
“There is no clear recipe for success. You will truly do what you want to do, and it will make you happy. One of the mantras for success is never leave, no matter how many times you fail. You have to be very committed to what you do to succeed.
He asked students to look for unconventional ways of contributing to the society, especially in view of the ongoing pandemic. Several other well known celebrities, including Brian Lara, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Zev Siegl, Shashi Tharoor, Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and Mary Kom, also conducted live sessions with pupils as part of the curriculum.