“If you can read [Immanuel] Kant, write a paper, critique his writing, if you can do abstract algebra, game theory…you can do accounting,” says Ashish Dhawan, co-founder of Ashoka University. The former private equity investor doesn’t mean to slight accounting. The point he’s making is this: if people have rigour in their studies, picking up real-world skills is easy.
A study of history, philosophy, economics, or psychology is as relevant for any business executive as it is for a humanist or a non-governmental worker. “You’d never be able to spell out a Yes Bank debacle if you just focused on the visible numbers.