Thursday, October 19, 2006

Narayana Murthy

Mr. Narayana Murthy was born on August 20, 1946 in Karnataka, India. He obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (B.E.) from University of Mysore in 1967 and his Master of Technology (M.Tech.) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur in 1969.

He founded Infosys in 1981 along with six software professionals. He is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor Officer of Infosys.

He was a member of the operating system team that designed real time operating system for handling air cargo for Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris. He was the President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) from 1992 to 1994.

Mr. Murthy is a member of the National Information Technology Task Force of India, and also of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and Industry. He is a Director on the board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Mr. Narayana Murthy is undoubtedly one of the most famous persons from Karnataka. He is known not just for building the biggest IT empire in India but also for his simplicity. Almost every important dignitary visits Infosys campus. The beauty about his family is that they believe in sharing their wealth with the needy. We wish the leading film actors in Karnataka had followed his footsteps.

He feels we need to review our reservation policy. He expressed this on Aug 11, 2001 during the convocation address at IIT, Delhi. He says perhaps we are the only nation in the world were people fight to be called backward rather than forward.

Mr. Murthy has received several honors and awards :

  1. The ET Businessperson Of The Year Award [2000-2001]
  2. The Max Schmidheiny Award - 2001
  3. He has been featured in the Asiaweek Power 50 (June 2000) - a list of Asia's Most Powerful People
  4. He has been named by Business Week as one of the Top Entrepreneurs of the Year 1999.
  5. He was chosen as the Business India's "Businessman of the Year 1999", the Indian corporate world's most coveted award.
  6. Business Week chose him as one of "The Stars of Asia" for three successive years, in 1998, 1999 and 2000
  7. He has been awarded the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award for 1996-97
  8. He has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award for the year 1998 by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  9. He is the Co-Chairman of the Indo-British Partnership
  10. He is a member of the Asia Society's International Council and Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California School of Engineering. He is also on the Wharton Business School's Asian Executive Board


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