Yet Another Reason to Study in USA – Pranav Mistry

Okay, here is yet another reason why you must study in US. Have you heard about Pranav Mistry?

If not, first see this wiki link and get a quick snapshot who and what is this guy`s background.

Now, watch this 15 mins of TED talk. I can assure you that this would be one of the best 15 minutes that you could spend in youtube.

Direct Link to youtube.

Just notice what this guy talks at the end.

He did his bachelor`s from India and went on to do Masters in the US and today he is one of the top inventors in the world.

At end of the talk, he tells he wants to give back to his country. This is one of the best examples you could find.

You need not be in India to give back to India. If everybody follows his example, I am sure there is nothing more patriotic than this.

Now Imagine, Now, what would have happened if he never came to the US.

Do you think he might have succeeded if he was in India ?

Would the conditions have permitted him to do so ? Coming to US has changed life for a few people. Be it through education or a Job. You learn some real world skills that you can never learn in India.

HSB, thanks again for posting my fantasy 😉


  1. Arun on May 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I wonder why HSB choose not to mention my name anywhere. I posted this as a continuation of this post.

    • HSB on May 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM


  2. munna on May 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    People like Pranav Mistry are born genius and exceptional talent. He went to IIT, MIT and will shine wherever he goes. People like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates did not complete there Degree and dropped out of college because they were extra-ordinary people. I guess the issue is not about opportunities for extra-ordinary geniuses- I agree Come to America if you are a genius. issue is about average students from India with average talent becoming successful in USA in present situation. Average student has to worry about student loan in India, assistantship in USA, OPT, CPT, H-1B visa , desi consultancy, H-4 to H-1 visa, coming to India for stamping of H-1B visa, pathetic Ph.D. or Post Doc stipends etc.

    • HSB on May 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      + If someone is Average or Below average doesn’t mean they can’t raise their standard and improve their skills right?

      Have you heard about 10,000 hour rule from the book Outliers?

      • Draconian Devil on May 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        what is the rule… i dont know

    • Ashish Arora on May 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      This is reply to Munna and A:

      “I guess the issue is not about opportunities for extra-ordinary geniuses”/”Why are you pimping US?”…..If you are talking about examples of extra ordinary people then one of the example is my childhood friend who has been my inspiration always. He is BITs Pilani passed out, ranked IIIrd in Mechanical Engineering and my college topper and got 100% scholarship from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland for MS and PHD integrated program. Do you know what was the fees of this program? $50,000.

      I reckon any university in India can’t afford students like that. Think over it.

      On the other hand, my other best childhood friend was most brilliant among me and my friend. He still follows Swadesh principle and want to stay in India that’s why after completing his MS from IIT Mumbai, he grabbed job in BARC and he is still with BARC, I have recently not heard any very good contribution from him but my John Hopkins friend has published some papers, he is being professor in many universities and done a pioneer work in one of the most respected research organization in US.

      I can easily see the difference between both of them because I still know them and spend my life with them.

      My point here is simply, “People like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates are among those people who have made it against all odds, but not many people have made it through because not everyone is like these people”. Some people give up, some of them needs support in terms of financial aids, opportunities so in the end more people quantitatively are successful in countries in US which they would have not bee in India. You have so many example in the forum itself where are guy was like reject twice for IIT exam for MS and then tried for a US university and got through. Please read his blog post.

      You are thinking qualitatively but I am thinking quantitatively.

  3. A on May 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    @HSB: y r u pimping america? its not the country but the individual that makes a difference. It would be the height of ignorance to say that he succeeded just coz he went to the US…. I could give u a listing of Indians who made it big in home-soil too u know. Mistry would have made it big here too. Nice vid though

    • Nikhil Bhawkar on May 9, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      Hello A,
      HSB isn’t pimping USA. It’s a fact that the innovative quotient is given the right exposure there. You asked what would have happened had Pranav been in India. To tell you the truth, he would have invented all the same. But his inventions would have become a part of his own garage n nothing more than that. India is no good for anything other than corruption and politics.
      And I say so from my own eperience. I too, had invented a few apps/ products which had potential. But what happened? I was appreciated by my professors, I was hired by an IT company for my innovation in the field of mobiles and …. then was put to work on Windows Azure. What does mobility and Azure have in common is anyone’s guess…
      India doesn’t recognize talent and innovation. And that’s the reason for this so called “brain drain”.

  4. Roma on May 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I had watched this video before, its amazing.But I had never thought from the commented perspective.Nice , people are thinking from different views and preparing for their goals.

  5. Shekar on May 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    This is in relation to the comment “Do you think he might have succeeded if he was in India ?”

    Lets consider a different scenario now. Say, Individual X, educated from the best university from US. Gets an opportunity to work with one of the best organizations in the world. Grows within the firm at an unimaginable rate. A few more years and he could be the CEO of the firm. But he wants something bigger than that.

    Gives up his green card, comes back to India and starts his own firm. After a few years and ridiculous efforts starts earning more than what he could as a CEO of the same organization. I asked him that could he have been so successful (monetarily) if he had continued being in US? He said NO.

    • Krsiten on May 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Do not forget that he applied what he learnt from the USA to his investments in India. He musn’t remain in the USA to be financially successful. The news to take home is that his background that transformed him came from theUSA

    • sailesh on May 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      Yeah @ comment “DO you think he would be successful if in INDIA…”
      FYI- Pranav is graduate from IIT bombay before going to MIT

  6. Aakash Parmar on May 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    currently i m studying 3rd year of B.E.Mechanical…and i want to do study MS in USA…so how can i apply for that???

    • Rakesh Singh on May 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      start preparing for gre . read as much as you can . read newspapers,particularly editorials, to further enhance your english skills start reading readers digest

  7. Vandit on May 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM


    I may be exaggerating but I am really amazed, impressed and speechless. There are thousands of thoughts forming in my mind right now. I have actually committed myself with something after watching this wonderful video.

    Undoubtedly this guy is a born genius. I think we all can learn the most important thing from Pranav that he is dedicated towards the people of India. He wants to make a difference in lives of so many Indians by his technical knowledge gained at MIT and he is not interested in earning dollars alone.

    I don’t know about you guys but I have really gained inspiration from him.
    Next Kalam in making???

  8. pavan on May 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    While appreciate ur intention in posting this! But that guy is a genius.For god’s sake he is an MIT grad. And he is unique. Giving back to India is of course important. But normal people need to secure their social and financial statuses, before they can think of others. And i would like to disagree with you about pranav mistry succeeding only because he went to the US. People like him are a rarity and they would succeed hands down anywhere in the world.

    • Krsiten on May 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      DO not forget that the height from where you leap will determine the extent the extent, magnitude and subsequent progress made. Besides, the underlying factor here is that your environment influences our outcome – period! Let’s not deceive ourselves, it is the truth.

      • arunateja on May 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        What Krsiten said was True… One should need proper vision and guidence to move from above ordinary to Extraordinary in matter of knowledge and skills. US is the good place for that.. India…!! might be for very countable people but not all. But in US if one have talent, he/she will shine for definite. That is an unacceptable truth for home loving people…!!!

  9. Sri on May 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Height of Awesomeness…. MUST WATCH!!!
    THANKS HSB………!

  10. Ashish Arora on May 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    This is immensely impressive, imagine if this guy didn’t have money or scholarship would he be able to contribute so much to society and to the world. Well there are two most important things to be taken from this TED Talk.

    1. There are so many people in the world who are talented, qualified and so brainy. How many of them release their potential? How many of them really take effort to fulfill them? and most importantly do they get right kind of channel to support their education and prove their worth? and If they do something really great and considerable, is that media or channel appropriate to understand his/her achievement, release his potential and put his ideas into reality and world changing reality? Well education in a good university answers most of the question though not holistically but still to lot of a extend.

    2. Did you actually see one interesting thing in his Ted Talk, this guy was so passionate of what he was doing. I have seen many people opening mousing and thinking about sensing technology using ball or laser but how many of them came up with this idea. Sometimes it take lots of understanding, intelligence and knowledge to come up with that small concept that can change the world. But those things can only come with patience, perseverance and lots of Passion. Here is what I always try to tell people, please follow your passion, if you are good at something, money will follow but simply blinding choosing the domain or field where money is, won’t fetch you that you want in life.

    Best of luck everyone!!!



  11. Lakshmi on May 8, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Thanks a million for sharing this wonderful video!!

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