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LSE Education: V.K. Krishna Menon

Posted on October 29, 2020 by Umer Fayaz  | Academics | Blog

A charismatic personality, Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon, born in 1897 in Calicut (present-day Kozhikode), was at the forefront of India’s movement against anti-colonialism. Known for his tremendous efforts in fighting imperialism outside India, V.K. Krishna Menon was an ardent socialist who served as a Labour Party member of the St. Pancras Borough Council from 1934 to 1947. In 1930, he met Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, with whom he developed a personal and intellectual relationship. His association with India’s first Prime Minister strengthened his influence in the Indian government and politics in the later years.

A nationalist, diplomat, and politician, V.K. Krishna Menon, in the early years of independent India, was regarded as the second most powerful man in the country after Prime Minister Nehru. Though his role in India’s freedom struggle is not much recognized as he majorly remained in London where he campaigned and helped the freedom movement garner much needed support from outside the country.

Education of V.K. Krishna Menon

V.K Krishna attended the Native High School in Calicut and then went on to pursue his B.A. in History and Economics from Madras Presidency College. In 1924, he left for England where he remained for more than 20 years, studying, working and later becoming a central figure in India’s independence struggle in the United Kingdom. During these years, he tirelessly campaigned for the India League alongside key political figures of Britain that included Bertrand Russell, Michael Foot, Harold Laski and Fenner Brockway.

But before he ventured into politics and activism, his educational journey was further adorned by the degrees he received at London School of Economics (LSE), where he earned a BSc (Hons) Economics degree, (the same programme is offered at ISBF) and then went on to pursue MSc in Economics from the same institution.

While pursuing a bachelor of science degree with honours and a master of science degree at LSE, he was influenced by Professor Harold Laski, a neo-Marxist, with whom he developed a close bond. Laski’s views deeply influenced that of Menon’s and shaped his public life as well.

V.K. Krishna Menon continued his academic pursuits and went on to do yet another master’s programme but this time from University College, London (UCL) and a law degree from Glasgow University.

After residing in England for 27 years, Krishna Menon returned to India and became a Member of Parliament in 1953. He was made a minister without a portfolio in 1956 and in the following year, he was appointed by Prime Minister Nehru as the union minister of defence. Krishna Menon famously represented India in the General Assembly of the United Nations from 1952 to 1960 where his neutralist policies and anticolonial stance won him many admirers.

His thirst for quality education and his staunch belief in his views made him a popular figure in Indian politics and in intellectual circles abroad. The practical learning and critical thinking inculcated by the curated curriculum of LSE was apparent in Krishna Menon’s approach to dealing with worldly issues.

Education has a greater role to play in shaping the personality of individuals and their outcome to society, which is why Indian School of Business and Finance leaves no room for rote learning and gives complete weightage to practical learning and critical thinking. Offering courses in Economics, Finance and Management equivalent to but more rigorous than conventional courses offered at Indian universities.

All the undergraduate programmes at ISBF receive academic directions from LSE, allowing students to pursue course material from the prestigious institute and provide them with a global perspective. On completion, the students at ISBF receive their degrees from the University of London giving their education an international edge. The admission for the year 2021 has just begun, hence to know more about admissions and other details, visit ISBF.

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