“Success stories come from individual efforts,” believes Kushwaha Manish Kaushal, a boy from Bareilly who joined Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Engineering and Technology (SRMSCET, B.Tech, Batch of 1996) as a young man with dreams in his eyes and great hopes for the future. And the dreams have come true! The last two decades have seen him grow from a recruit to a recruiter working with some of the largest multinational companies in India.
Currently employed with Intel as Chief Architect/ Technology Head in Bengaluru, Manish started his journey as a software engineer in a Delhi-based private company with the ambition of becoming a “fine” technologist in the software industry. Long nights, research, learning from seniors at work, consistent hard work and commitment paid off and three years later, Manish admits that his on-the-job learning experience had increased manifold. “It also gave me tremendous confidence and this helped me to get into Motorola as a senior engineer.”
Seven plus years with Motorola gave him an in-depth knowledge about the telecom domain and he realised that if he wanted to further his career profile he had to gain complete insight about existing systems and keep in touch with the changing technology around him. Manish thus grew in his role at Motorola as an Architect, solving “problems involving huge telecom data.” The role was not without its challenges. But hard work paid off and he was recognised within the organisation by awards that kept coming his way.
After his long stint with Motorola, Manish joined PubMatic where “we invented the real time bidding system in the advertising world.” After this it was on to Intel where as Chief Architect Manish is focusing on driving the software industry, that currently follows application generated data, towards data driven applications. His relatively short stay at Intel – has seen him lift four Bravo Awards, and multiple appreciations from industry leaders all of which he attributes to his commitment and determination to succeed.
Quality, innovation and continuous learning are Manish’s drivers in a busy workday that starts at 8 am where his role includes defining a roadmap for upcoming products, finding impediments, dependencies, technologies to be used and so on. However, as he says, “I leave office by 4.30 pm so that I can spend time with my family.” Quality work comes from a person who has a happy family life, is an axiom that he obviously believes in.
Looking back on his years at SRMSCET Manish remembers his tutor Prof. Manoj Pradhan with affection. “His lectures on software engineering helped me in my career, immensely,” he says. But he has a different opinion about the long study hours of engineers and SRMCET. “Long hours have the tendency to degrade the quality of engineers coming out of college. Companies like Intel do not believe in long working hours – they believe in quality work, so may be the study hours got to be looked upon differently,” he maintains.