Helping to build a veterinary hospital in Mumbai

By: Shantanu Naidu, Two-Year MBA ’18
The day I became a “half MBA” with my Sustainable Global Enterprise team

The day I became a "half MBA" with my Sustainable Global Enterprise team

My name is Shantanu Naidu, a Cornell “half MBA,” and I’m about to help build Mumbai’s largest veterinary hospital.

I am the fourth generation of my family to work for the Tata group. My great grandfather worked on the Tata hydro dam, my grandfather with Tata Electrical, my father with Tata Technologies, I worked as an automotive designer at Tata Elxsi.

In each one of our family houses we adore the memory of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the man who brought the largest Industrial revolution to India with a strong set of values for his enterprises and the country. These values, philanthropy and humility, are deeply embedded in us Naidus too.

Now, I am about to intern at Tata Trusts, pioneers of social impact, led by my mentor, best friend, and Cornell alumnus, Ratan Tata ’59 (BArch ’62). Halfway finished with courses of study for one of the most powerful MBA degrees in the world, I will be returning to the Tatas once again to help build a state-of-the-art veterinary teaching hospital in Mumbai, India, in association with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, which will offer design and operational expertise.

Me and Ratan Tata ’59 (BArch ’62)
Me and Ratan Tata ’59 (BArch ’62)

Me and Alexander Travis, associate dean of international programs and public health at the College of Veterinary Medicine
Me and Alexander Travis, associate dean of international programs and public health at the College of Veterinary Medicine

Every single step I took since the fall of 2016 has prepared me to dive into this very challenging project. The core curriculum at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management helped solidify business basics and strengthened my ability to grasp and process business challenges. Then, the Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion helped me understand that, whether we like it or not, sustainability is more of a founding parameter for a business rather than an added trait. The lag between cause and effect that continues to delude the world into believing that sustainability efforts are not that urgent or needed is an important red flag I learned to spot in Professor Glen Dowell’s class on strategies for sustainability.

Since India has not seen the age of advanced medical infrastructure in the domain of veterinary practice, the country is still blind to techniques and methods that can help alleviate the animal welfare challenges that come from the sheer size of the animal population in India. Sterilization programs and existing infrastructure are unable to keep up with such an ever-growing population.

According to the Times of India, based on research by Tata Trusts:

“New York, for instance, has 33 full-time animal hospitals while London has 15. Mumbai, on the other hand, has just one. … Statistics showed that there are at least 50,000 registered pets, 70,000 unregistered pets, 2 lakh stray dogs, and 3 lakh stray cats in Mumbai. For all these pets and other animals, there are only two hospitals, one in central Mumbai and another in Thane.”

In India, there has been a steady increase in the rate of students who do not complete their studies in veterinary medicine owing to lack of facilities that offer a more practical teaching experience and the uncertainty in the future career security and opportunities. The Tata animal-care facility aims to solve for problems in both infrastructural primitivism and a struggling educational structure.

My job? There’s so much to do!

  • Identify the actual demands,

  • Devise a recruiting strategy to find and retain expertise,

  • Design a sustainable public relations campaign,

  • Create an organizational structure for collaborations with the Vet College, and

  • Prepare a continuously updated feasibility report for all phases of the project.

So, here I am. A Naidu, a fourth-generation Tata employee, and a Cornell “half MBA.”

Let’s do this.


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Shantanu Naidu, Two-Year MBA ’18

Shantanu Naidu is an MBA student in the Two-Year MBA program at Johnson

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  1. Shantanu – great to see young guns like you with so much zeal to do better for the society and the lives that it sustains. In a country where medical facilites to human are so distant, bringing those to the animal population is going to be a huge challenge.
    But, with Cornell and Tata’s, the team besides you is one who are known for making possible what seems impossible. Hope success meets you on your road to the noble cause. And the MBA Colleges in Mumbai too adds anmial welfare as part of their studies


  2. Hello Shantanu, first of all congratulations, really great to see with Mr. Ratan.
    Actually I am also an animal lover, I am seriously interested to help animals in some ways.
    If you know any way by which I can help them please let me know, I am curious and eagerly waiting for your reply!
    Also I would like to appreciate for your awesome idea of silver shinning Pet collars, I want to buy some as I think atleast this method will definitely be useful, also there are some methods to discuss hence I contacted you, please contact me early

  3. Santanu Great . You have done a great Job

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