The GSHA Tenure of 2 Days!
All laid back and addressing the crowd during his interactive session, Mr Ashish Chauhan, CEO, BSE, opened up about a lesser known anecdote from his insti days. Seems like the confusion, polt, and tension of the election season finds its roots way back in time!
The year was 1988. The election season was in full swing and the future GSHA was more or less decided in the eyes of the insti folk. It so happened that Mr Chauhan’s friend was contesting for the post and everyone believed that he was hands down the best candidate for the same. But the turning point came when his dad called him 2 hours before the nomination deadline and told him rather sternly not to go for the post and focus on academics! Well, the decision came out of a hurried discussion that Mr Chauhan will contest in his place. So, the deadline ends. And the Institute has only one candidate for the post of GSHA. That’s him! He even got elected.
Eventually, he remarked that he resigned from the post in a span of 2 days as he realised that it was a mistake. Quite interesting how little things change the course of life and things!
Mr Ashish Chauhan (Batch of ‘89, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay), is the MD and CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Indian Clearing Corporations Limited (ICCL), Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL), Bank of India Shareholding Ltd (BOISL), BSE Training Institute Limited (BTI), BFSI sector Skill Council (A section 25 company) and Marketplace Technologies Private Limited, and on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Jabalpur. With many accolades to his name, he is also a Distinguished Alumnus Awardee of IIT Bombay. During a chat, he remarked that he is a person who doesn’t think of any experience as a bad one and tries to work ardently in every position in life. Speaking about his insti life he told that he was one of the most relaxed people who didn’t let things get on his nerves. He even went on to call himself and his friends the ‘Fatru Gang’ who liked to chill out most of the times. It is interesting how such a successful person had a very chilled out approach to his insti life as he says.