A Tale of Dynamic Personage: Rahaju Pal
Rahaju Pal, an inspiring alumnus of NIT Rourkela, who is currently serving as the ‘Regional Director- Third Party Audit at Citibank NA’ shares his success story for all of us to read and get motivated. On a telephonic conversation with Monday Morning, he sheds light on his journey from the small state of Tripura to the apogee in the banking sector.
Recalling his early memories, Rahaju Pal says that he hails from a small city, Dharma Nagar, in the north eastern state of Tripura. He had a fun filled childhood and made really close friendships. However, he was always academically oriented as his childhood was generally circled around his studies.
In 1992, he secured a higher AIR and entered REC as a BTech student in ‘Electronics and Instrumentation’ Engineering. He pursued ‘Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering’ (it was called so back in those days) owing to his long drawn fascination with the subject. He says that the professors and the curriculum at those times were really good, and with him being a studious student, he never faced a problem. A lot of new systems and infrastructure were coming up and that was his entrance to the world of computers and programming.
Education is the primary necessity but with the progressing world, one should keep learning at each and every step. Learning never stops at college. As we walk ahead in our lives, we keep learning a lot many things.
Reminiscing about his days at REC, he says that his stay over here was full of fun. Since being a hosteller, he got the freedom that he had never been exposed to before. His experience at spring fests, football matches, at back-post, and all those great friendships he had are some of the things he would cherish forever. Riding around the city of Rourkela on bicycles and having food at various eateries were some things he used to do almost every weekend.
These four years are a really important part of one’s life. They prepare us for the future ahead since it is here where we learn how to interact, deal and work with people from various walks of life. It makes us matured, independent and strong because we start taking care of ourselves and our responsibilities. REC is a significant addition, not only to the academics but for the overall experience; the college contributed a lot to my holistic development. I remember the last day when we all were standing at the Rourkela railway station and all of us had bagged good jobs and were going back home, but there was immense sadness because these four years had given us a ton of memories.
He bagged the second position in his batch and got a job as a ‘Graduate Engineering Trainee’ at L&T which was one of the premium recruiters of the 90s. Since the company had various rotation programmes, he received the much needed exposure and hence, by the end of the programme, Mr. Pal realised that he was looking more for the service industry than the manufacturing unit.
After that, he joined ‘PricewaterhouseCoopers’ in 2000, which once again proved to be a tremendous exposure to him since they too provided multiple disciplines within the company. He initially got into Global Risk Management Services and then worked on various engagements in industries such as Banking, Financial Services and IT. He was responsible for Technology Risk Services within PwC, India and delivered multiple projects for clients in India and US.
PwC has moulded me into the person that I’m today!
Going swiftly along with the adage ‘Change is the only constant’, Rahaju Pal went on to join Deloitte as its Director in Jan 2009 where once again he proved his worth as an adminstrator. At Deloitte, he was responsible for IT Risk Advisory and Third Party Assurance services nationally within Enterprise Risk Services group. His designated areas included GRC, IT Risk Management, BCP/DRP, Risk Intelligence, Security Governance, Third Party Assurance covering SAS 70, Attestation Reviews and so on.
Risk management and control, audit, information security are certain sectors to which he contributes his efforts now. These fields, he says, are highly regulated and thus, he had a natural inclination towards these. Ascertaining a regional role in the Citibank, Rahaju Pal shifted to the banking sector. He is responsible for third parties and out-sourcing risk audits in Asia Pacific and Japan region and his job also focuses on cross border as well as in country in-sourcing and out-sourcing risk management processes and governance within the bank.
Constrained by work commitment, he has been unable to visit NIT Rourkela after his graduation, but has never failed in updating himself with the researches, projects and fests going on here. An active alumnus, he plans on visiting the institute real soon.
With time, the then REC has definitely evolved into a finer version; NIT and the number of students and streams have increased. The NITR populace is more dynamic now.
He appreciates this transformed NITR and seeks few improvements in the field of industrial interaction and expects more visibility of the students’ achievements in the arena of research.
A strong alumni network is a huge asset for any institute and NIT Rourkela does possess a well-expanded network of distinguished alumni. Rahaju Pal wants the alumni interaction platform to be developed further so that the members could contribute without the need of physical presence, as they are scattered all across the globe.
An enthusiastic reader, he delves into the world of books as an escape to the stress and strain of the daily life. He is a voracious reader and would accept any genre of content.
I like reading books and spending time with my family. Being a Bengali, Rabindranath Tagore’s writings were the first scripts I came into contact with and they left an everlasting impression on me. So definitely he is one of my favourite authors.
Having traversed a long path and upon pondering over his journey, Rahaju Pal, quite a positive man, has no complaints or regrets as had always put the best of his efforts in any situation. He is thankful for all the opportunities life presented him.
When team MM asked Rahaju Pal to address the young NITians who look up to him, he said:
All NITians can be much better than me. They should be in touch with what is happening across the world and is it very essential to be aware of and remain updated with information related to their field of interest. The students should have a definite goal on which they must focus and work hard to achieve it!