Jan 18, 2008

‘IT Mahatma’ Mr Narayana Murthy at IITK

This was one of those moments that no-one could afford to miss. As the time for Mr N R Narayana Murthy arrival at IITK drew near, everyone here was anxious to meet one of the most charismatic personalities that India has ever witnessed. So, despite the tight schedule of Mr. N R Narayana Murthy he took time to address the students and we made the fullest use of this wonderful opportunity.

As our chief guest arrived, he received a thunderous applause from the jam-packed auditorium. He was accompanied with Member of Parliament Mr Arun Shourie who initiated the address to the students. He urged students to excel in their fields and even ‘outdo people like Narayana Murthy’. He also laid stress for creating a lobby of excellence in India. He advised students to take up at least one social issue in the future and strive hard to make a meaningful contribution to the society.

Now it was the time for the ‘IT Mahatma’ Mr N R Narayana Murthy to deliver his precious ‘gyan’ . He begun his speech on an optimistic note “ We live in extra-ordinary times. Never before in last 300 years did an Indian get such recognition in the world as in present times. Never before an Indian could look up to be one of the richest persons in the world.....” But this is severely contrasted by the other side of the picture “It is an irony that still 250 million people in India do not have access to safe drinking water. 50% of the schools in rural India have only one teacher for every 2 classes...”. So in spite of all the hustle and bustle of the Indian economy on a rapid growth trajectory, the ground realities need to be looked at. He urged students from prestigious institutes like IITs to come forward to innovate and help India to develop in a ‘true’ sense.

He told about his experiences at IITK when he was a student here,” When I was on the other side of this podium, where you all are right now, I got the opportunity to hear to Dr C.V. Raman ,one of the greatest scientists of India. He demostrated how technology could make a difference to the future of India and that had motivated me a lot” It was now time to instil strong motivation in us “Each one of you could make a difference to the society. I believe that you would make India one of the most developed nations in the world in the coming future. I am sure that you would be there and you would be proud to say... ‘Yes, we made it happen!!!’ ... You would bring back the glory of the ‘golden bird’ and give India its rightful position”

While answering the queries he told us the ‘matras’ that help to realise the potential of one’s ideas “When you get an idea, think if you can translate it into a simple one. If you could visualise it and have a clear objective, you could do it for sure” To a query he told us the vision which guided his company to scale unparallel heights “We had a lot of discussion regarding what our vision should be and then we decided to make Infosys the most respected company”

These words would reverberate in our minds and would trigger some 'ignited minds' to conquer the unthinkable.




"IT Mahatma" Delivering "Gyan" on 'Leadership'


The Two Powers on the same Platform


Mr. Arun Shourie, Addressing students.



" Together we can make it possible" - Mr. Murthy Mentor Infosys.

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