On Professor Lord Bhattacharyya:
He was a very special person with a laser-sharp mind – you could say that not only was he a Professor of Manufacturing, but of Business Administration because he understood completely how companies work and how things get done.
I have very rarely met someone of his calibre. And I think the real Kumar emerged whenever you had a problem. He was always about the next thing: ‘What’s the next step? What is it?’
The nucleus for our academic partnerships, the power hub orchestrating all our relationships with numerous other universities and the home of many Jaguar Land Rover research engineers. We have outsourced research activities to a high degree – a novelty in the industry.
He was very keen on creating talent. He liked younger people; he believed that younger people working in new areas of technology would create a momentum.