Category : IIT-JEE
Posted by Study Adda Fri, November 11th 2011
Masters of the World
- Made in IITs
They wear crowns of success. They inspire inspiration. Even achievement is proud of them. As these icons walk their trajectory, their footsteps behind leave millions inspired. Entrepreneurs, politicians, administrators, NGOs - IIT prepares its scholars to be the rulers of tomorrow. Crossing the threshold of IIT does not mark the end of its rising stars. In fact, IIT instills in its students the spirit to begin their daring journey ahead. IIT is not a degree on paper, it is an attitude that every young scholar/row this institution takes with him/her throughout their life. They carry forward what this institution has fixed in their heart and soul—the desire to take challenges one on one.
It is not any institution that lends it students the wings of vision and courage. But flying high on these wings of vision and courage, these mortals have transcended themselves into larger than life immortals. In this issue, we give you your first brush with IITians who have passed out from this elite institution and are pushing the boundaries of impossible to light the world with the fire of their zeal and grit.
NR. Narayana Murthy brought India on the world’s IT map through Infosys which he founded in 1981 along with six other friends. Born on August 20, 1946 in Karnataka, Murthy 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. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999. Currently, he serves on the boards of HSBC, Ford Foundation and the UN Foundation. He also serves on the boards of Wharton School; Indian School
of Business, Hyderabad; Rhodes Trust, and International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore- Presently, he is the Chairman Emeritus of Infosys Technologies Limited. He topped the Economic Times list of India's most powerful CEOs for three consecutive years: 2004 to 2006 and is the first Indian winner of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year award. Apart from numerous other honours, he has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India- He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
“Leadership is all about courage to dream big,” reveals Murthy in his book ‘Better India. Better Lives.’ Through Infosys, Murthy has set world-class standards of leadership and code of conduct. Today this global software consulting company provides jobs to thousands.
One of the cofounders of Infosys, Nandan M. Nilekani was born in Bangalore, Karnataka on June 2, 1955. After his schooling from Bishop Cotton Boys School, Nandan studied electrical engineering at IIT, Bombay. In 1981. one of India's most widely-chronicled and inspiring tales of entrepreneurial success, Infosys came into being.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the new Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
He was named among the ‘World’s most respected business leaders' in 2002 and 2003, according to a global survey by Financial Times and has been the Forbes ‘Businessman of the Year’ for Asia in 2007. He has also received Fortune magazine’s ‘Asia’s Businessmen of the Year 2003' award for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics.
In 2006, Nandan was conferred the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honors awarded by the Government of India. He has authored ‘Imagining India’.
Chetan Bhagat is the author of four blockbuster novels, Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of my life (2008) & 2 States (2009), Born in Delhi in 1974, he did his schooling from The Army Public School before joining IIT-Delhi in 1991. Chetan quit his international investment banking career in 2009, to devote his entire time to writing.
Chetan also writes op-ed columns for leading English and Hindi newspapers, focusing on youth and national development based issues.
This IIT D/ IIM A graduate is making India read like never before as all his four books have remained bestsellers since their release and have inspired major Bollywood films. The New York Times called Chetan ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history,’ Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Arun Sarin has been the CEO of Britain’s Vodafone Group and is presently a senior adviser at the private equity firm KKR. Born on October 21. 1954 in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, after his schooling from Military School Bangalore, Sarin graduated from the IIT, Kharagpur with a B.Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1975.
Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Cisco Systems and Safeway, Inc.
He started his career as a management consultant. From 1997, he was the Vodafone's Chief Executive Officer for the
United States and Asia Pacific region until 2000. He rejoined Vodafone as Chief Executive Designate in 2003. Sarin has also served as a director of The Gap. Inc., The Charles Schwab Corporation and Cisco Systems, Inc.
In 2010, he received an honorary knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Arenowned name in politics, Jairam Ramesh is a Congress Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh in Rajya Sabha. He studied mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai in 1975.
He has been a member of three committees of Parliament—the Public Accounts Committee, the Standing Committee on Finance and the Committee on Government Assurances— and a member of the Court of JNU, New Delhi. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council that is chaired by Smt. Sonia Gandhi- He helped put together the National Common Minimum Programme of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). He has also been deputy chairman Karnataka Planning Board, member of the Rajasthan Development Council. Economic Advisor to the government of Chattisgarh.
Jairam has earlier been Advisor to the Finance Minister during 1996-98, Advisor to the Deputy Chairman. Planning
Commission 1992-94 and Advisor to the Prime Minister 1991. He has served in the Planning Commission, Ministry of Industry and other economic departments of the Central government.
Presently, he is Minister of Rural Development. He has been the Indian Minister of State for Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011.
In 2001, IIT Mumbai presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has written two books titled 'Making sense of Chindia' and 'Kautilya Today'. He also writes a widely-read column on economics and public policy called Kautilya in The Times of India.
He is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Patni Computer Systems. Patni is a graduate of IIT, Roorkee, where he completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 1964.
As an entrepreneur, he has played an integral role in the development of the Indian IT industry through his various ventures. Patni has been instrumental in initiating the offshore outsourcing business model for the software industry. Prior to founding his first company. Data Conversion Inc. in 1972, which is now U.S. subsidiary Patni Americas, Inc. he was President and Director of the Forrester Consulting Group. He has also been with the US Trust Company of New York and a consultant to Arthur D. Little, Inc.
Presently, Patni is the non-executive Chairman of the company. He is a nominee of the NKP Group, is not required to retire by rotation from the Board.
In 2008, the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee honoured Narendra Kumar Patni with the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award was bestowed for Corporate Development. Administration and Entrepreneurship. Patni has been associated with this educational institute from the time IIT Roorkee was known as the University of Roorkee.
Dr. Raghuram Rajan is one of the top researchers of the world in areas of economic and finance. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Delhi in 1985 along with the Director’s Gold Medal for all round performance.
Dr, Rajan's research interests focus primarily on economic institutions ranging from banks to property rights. Dr. Rajan is a Director of the American Finance Association and the Program Director for the Corporate Finance Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as a consultant to a number of organizations including the World Bank, the Federal Reserve Board, the Reserve Bank of India, the Swedish Parliament, finance companies and other banks.
Dr. Rajan is currently the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund, USA. He
teaches courses on Corporate Finance and Banking and his papers have been published in all the top economics and finance journals.
He has won an array of prestigious awards including three consecutive Brattle prizes for distinguished papers in the Journal of Finance. In 2003. the American Finance Association awarded Dr, Rajan the inaugural Fischer Black Prize, The prize is henceforth given every two years to the financial economist under age 40 who has made the most significant contribution to it the theory and practice of finance.
He has also written a book with Luigi Zingales entitled 'Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists’.
He is the founder chairman of MindTree, an IT company specializing in IT services, infrastructure management and technical support (IMTS), independent testing, knowledge services and product engineering. IIT Roorkee alumunus, Soota holds a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from University of Roorkee, presently UT Roorkee.
Presently, he is preparing the grounds for his new venture. He is the chairman and MD of Happiest Minds Technologies, which is targeting niche businesses like R&D services, software product engineering, and infrastructure management.
In 2010, he has been awarded with Golden Peacock Award for Technology Leadership. He has also been honored with Most Innovative Award 2008 for Knowledge Innovation by World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has been conferred IT Man of the Year twice.
He has been the Editor of The Indian Express group; Managing Editor of Outlook and Outlook Money. He has also been the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Open’ magazine. He studied Electronics Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
Deb jumped into journalism, ignoring the advice of all well-wishers. Today as the Managing Editor of Outlook magazine and Editor of Outlook Money he has come a long way. However, Deb feels, “Education is about preparing you for life, and in this the IITs have succeeded extremely well”.
He is the author of a book titled “the IITians—The Story of a Remarkable Indian Institution and How its Alumni are
Reshaping the World". The book not only documents the stories of many successful IITians but also tries to explore what makes the IITians what they are.
Mani Lal Bhaumik’s contribution to innovations in science and technology has been immense, especially in the field of LASIK eye surgery process. Born in a small village in Tamluk, West Bengal, education provided him a way out of poverty. After completing his Bachelors and Masters in Science, Bhaumik earned a PhD in Physics from IIT Kharagpur.
His early contributions to laser technology are exemplified by the development of the excimer laser. The successful
demonstration of the world's first efficient excimer laser has made possible the immensely popular Lasik corrective eye surgery today, which has eliminated the need for glasses or contact lenses in many cases. Dr. Bhaumik's current interest is in sharing with the public the advances in quantum physics and cosmology for both material and spiritual development through two books - 'Code Name God' and The Cosmic Detective'.
In recognition of his pioneering research in high energy lasers and new laser systems,
Dr. Bhaumik was honored with Padma
Narendra K. Karmarkar is an Indian mathematician, world-renowned for his work in applied mathematics. Born in Gwalior in 1957 to a Marathi family, Karmarkar received his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1978.
Well-known for 'Karmarkar's algorithm', he published his famous result in 1984. His proposed Karmarkar's algorithm became the first efficient polynomial time algorithm. For his contribution to applied mathematics, he has received numerous awards including Ramanujan Prize for Computing given by Asian Institute Informatics. Marconi International Young Scientist Award and Fulkerson Prize in Discrete Mathematics.
He is, currently working on a new architecture for supercomputing.
Satish K. Kaura is the Executive Chairman of the Board, Managing Director of Samtel Colour Lts.
After earning Bachelor of Engineering from IIT Kanpur, he founded the Group in 1973. Under his leadership, Samtel evolved into a world-class manufacturer of high technology electronic display devices for televisions, avionics and professional applications. He has been the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry's Industrial Policy Committee and is also a member of Defense Research & Development Organization's Review Committee & Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Council.
For his eminent services. Kaura has been the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 for his distinguished services to the nation in the field of Science and Engineering. He has also been bestowed with 'Electronics Man of the Year' award, and in recognition for his concerns for environment protection, he was conferred the Care tor Nature Award. The Lucknow Management Association honored him with the Uttar Pradesh Transformational Leadership Award in 2002, for his contribution in strengthening.
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