A leading American business school, the Bentley University at Waltham, Massachusetts has decided to use Kul Chandra Gautam's memoir: "Global Citizen from Gulmi: My Journey from the Hills of Nepal to the Halls of the United Nations'' (Nepalaya Publications 2018) as a reference book in a Graduate course on Global Studies for its Masters in Business curriculum.
Commenting on this, Professor Donald McNemar, a Senior Lecturer on Global Studies at Bentley remarked that Gautam's autobiography was rich in details and gave a wonderful sense of how the UN system works and the life of an international civil servant as per a press statement released by Nepalaya on December 23, 2018. "It is a great portrait of the UN told through your personal journey", the press statement quoted the Professor saying, and who found the book so interesting and informative that he decided to use it in his course on the United Nations. Bentley University's business school is dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader with deep technical skills, a broad global perspective and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world.
Hearing this news, author Gautam recalled his college life at Dartmouth College during 1968-71 and remembered a paragraph from his book where he writes, "One of the most interesting courses I took was with an inspiring professor, Donald McNemar, on international law, which also dealt with the workings of the United Nations and other international organizations. This planted the idea in my mind that someday I might consider working for the UN."
Rest as they say, is history. Gautam went on to join the UN service where he served for over 3 decades before retiring as the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary General of the UN. The 547- page paperback edition of the book is priced at Rs 895.