Former Minister for Home, Transport & Finance , GoK.
No. 448, 33rd Cross, 18th Main, 4th "T" Block, Jayanagara Bengaluru-560041
An Engineering Graduate turned Politician, Shri.P.G.R. Sindhia is a household name in Karnataka. Born to a family of Warriors, he continues for fight for social justice and communal amity, no matter whether he is in the ruling party of in the opposition.
He was born at Doddamaralawadi, a village in Kanakapura taluk, adjoining Bangalore on 19th September 1949. His ancestors were valiant warriors in the service of Maharajas of Mysore held senior positions in then King’s army and won the appreciation of the Mysore Kings.
Mr. Sindhia had his preliminary education in his village and higher education in Bangalore and obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from a prestigious R.V.Engineering College, Bangalore. Exhibiting leadership qualities during his college days, he was the President of the Bangalore University Students' Council during 1972-78 and Secretary of ABVP. . It was at this juncture he came in contact with the political leaders of national stature. He was instrumental in organising Lokanayak Jayaprakash Narayan's movement in Karnataka, popularly known as 'JP Movement'.
Because of such political initiatives he was imprisoned for 20 months during the Emergency. During his prison days he came in direct contact with the national leaders like Sri. Atal Bihari Vajapayee, Prof. Madhu Dandavate, Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde, Sri.S.N. Mishra, Sri.J.H. Patel, Sri H.D. Devegowda and others in the Bangalore Central Jail. He was the President of Yuva Janata in 1977 and General Secretary of State Janata Party in 1978. He had the good fortune of working with Sri Morarji Desai, Babu Jagajivan Ram,H.N. Bahuguna, Madhu Dandavate, S.N. Mishra, Ram Dhan, Choudhari Charan Singh, Rajnarain, Karpoori Takoor and other national leaders during 1977-1980.
A refreshed young man, Mr. Sindhia got himself involved in rural reconstruction works in his native Kanakapura Taluk even while teaching in an engineering college. After two years he has up teaching and devoted all his time for rural activities. He became popular among the masses because of his dedicated social work, humility and friendliness towards one and all.
He was elected as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1983 and became Minister for Health and Family Welfare in the cabinet headed by Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde. Later, he was also the Minister for Irrigation.During his period, Jayadeva Inst.of Cardiology &, Sanjay Gandhi Hospital have start functioning and Karnataka was able to get the IPP (India Population project ) of the Govt.of India.
Mr. Sindhia's popularity is such that his voters never failed him even once since 1983. Getting elected six times from Kanakapura Constituency he was Minister under 5 Chief Ministers like Sri. Ramakrishna Hegde, Sri.H.D. Deve Gowda, Sri.S.R. Bommai, Sri.J.H. Patel and Sri. Dharmsingh. He held important portfolios like Social Welfare, Transport, Industries, Infrastructure and Finance. As Min.for Transport, his achievements are remarkable. He created 4 divisions for KSRTC and thus saved the organisation from loss. As Home Minister, he fought for curbing communal forces and anti-social elements and he was responsible for resolving the long pending Edgah Ground issue in Hubli. The International Airport work has commenced when he was the Industries Minister. He also brought ONGC project and Investors to Karnataka .
When not in the ruling party, he ably conducted himself as a floor leader of the Opposition in Karnataka Assembly.
An erudite speaker and an endearing leader, Mr. Sindhia is always in demand to resolve social and industrial disputes. As Home Minister he played a pivotal role in solving The Edga Maidan dispute at Hubli. As Transport Minister he ably managed the State Transport undertaking and implemented the Sindhia Committee report. Because of his vision and efforts the KSRTC is proved to be one of the best in the Country.
By heading various ministries and by studying various social ventures Mr. Sindhia has acquired vast knowledge in many fields. He has visited many countries including the USA, UK, the erstwhile USSR, the Philippines, Germany, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Nepal, Cuba and China.
Whether holding a Cabinet Portfolio or sitting in the opposition benches, Mr.P.G.R. Sindhia is always involved in social and rural welfare activities. Currently he is ;
Hon’ble Ex-Minister, GoK, Door No. 4032, 28th Cross, 17th Main Road, Banashankhari 2nd Stage, Bengaluru – 560070
Vice Chancellor, Azim Premji University, PES Institute of Technology Campus Pixel Park, B’’ Block Electronic City Hosur Road, Bengaluru
Ex - Director, Jawaharlal Centre for Advanced Scientific Research(J.N.C.A.S.R), Jakkur, Bengaluru- 560064.
SeniorAdvisor, World Organization for Research Development and Education, Ex-Scientist, NASA, No.4, 9th Cross, Jayamahal Main Road, Jayamahal Extension, Bangalore-560046.
Dr. Nazeer Ahmed is an eminent scientist, NASA projects, as well as a noted historian, educator, legislator and philanthropist. He was born in Tumkur in the princely state of Mysore, India in 1939 into a farming family. His father Abdul Azeem was a Sufi spiritual scholar of the Qadariya Order. He achieved the first rank to the state in the public examination of 1952 and won the Maharaja of Mysore gold medal. For the consistency with which he maintained his rank status throughout his academic career, he is popularly referred to in Karnataka as “Rank Nazeer”. In 1961 he proceeded to the California Institute of Technology as Institute Scholar and as a Tata Scholar. He obtained his MS and AeE degrees from Caltech. In 1964-65 he worked in Huntsville, Alabama on the Saturn, Apollo and Lunar Land Rover Projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center. In 1967 he obtained a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University. He studied management under Peter Drucker at New York University and obtained an MBA from Rider University, New Jersey. In 1977, he returned briefly to India and was elected a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly from the 57th constituency. Dr. Nazeer Ahmed worked as project manager on the Hubble Space Telescope (1979-82). He designed, assembled, tested and delivered diffraction-limited performance in its secondary mirror assembly which was ground to 1/700 of a wavelength of red light. His contributions made possible ST performance that enables the Hubble to acquire targets of interest at the very edge of the known universe. He was also responsible for the zero gravity simulator. Other important projects he contributed to include the near IR Airborne Optical Adjunct Sensor (AOS) and the far IR Booster Surveillance and Tracking Sensor (BSTS). Dr. Nazeer Ahmed holds eleven U.S. patents in advanced composites and space-based lasers. He was a chairman of the AIRAPT conference in high pressure physics in Denver, Colorado in 1977. He has published a large number of papers in several international scientific journals. Dr. Nazeer Ahmed has written extensively on Islamic history and culture. His two-volume study Islam in Global History was published in the United States and India and translated into Urdu. He is the author of an Encyclopedia of Islamic History (historyofislam.com) and a spiritual treatise "What Makes Us Human?". As of 2012 Dr. Nazeer Ahmed was a Director of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education in Washington, DC and the Chief mentor for RankStudent.com Bangalore which is a global initiative to educate poor children around the world. He also serves on the Steering Committee of Elijah Institute, Jerusalem. Dr. Nazeer Ahmed is one of the few Indians who translated the Qur’an into easy American English which was released by Maulana Rashdi of Jami Masjid Bangalore. It has been read over a million people around the globe. In India he set up a scholarship fund in the late 1990s called ‘Rank Nazeer Foundation’ to support poor students from all sections of society. He has built schools, mosques and other community infrastructure including a unique Eidgah complex in Tumkur that combines space age architecture with traditional Indian themes. The complex accommodates 12000 worshippers.
Director, C.L.H.R.D, Valencia Circle, Mangalore - 575002.
While he was working in an undergraduate institution, he established SOFA – Student Orators’ Forum of Action in 1975 to train students in leadership and public speaking.
For developing teachers as Facilitators, in 1986, he converted SOFA into IID – Institute of Individual Development and started Facilitator Certification in HRD course. 117 batches of F.C. in HRD have already been conducted till March 2013.
In need of a regular learning and development centre, he left teaching in 1992 and started ‘FEEL’ – Facilitating Excellence in Effective Leadership as a brand after converting IID into AIM INSIGHTS – Academy for Intense Motivation for Identifying Natural Skills, Independent Growth, Humane Thoughts and Strategies.
He started BHRD as a graduate programme offered by College for Leadership and HRD which was established as a unit of AIM INSIGHTS in 1999 and BHRD as a Composite Graduate Programme is being offered in different colleges since then.
His first action research was on a definition of Human Resource which he did in a period of ten years involving more than one lakh people and 500 professors from several universities. Subsequent to this, he did a second action research on ‘Virtual Presence’ as the reason for effectiveness of people who are resourceful. Simultaneously, he also worked on negative Virtual Presence which creates ineffectiveness in people. At present, he is working with 37 professors of different colleges to make a template of competencies of 50 great world leaders of the past 25 centuries for research on using them for developing effectiveness of students.
He has offered ‘FEEL Employable’ learning and development intervention to 78,000 students and ‘FEEL Teacher’ programmes for 15,000 teachers during the last 15 years,
Apart from being an effective speaker, he has authored several manuals for human resource developers. While his personal website is www.sunneytharappan.name and CLHRD’s website is http://www.clhrd.ac.in
Former Director of IISC, Emeritus Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore-560012.
Prof. Padmanaban, former Director, is at present an Honorary Professor and INSA Senior Scientist at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is also a Senior Science and Innovation Advisor, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. He was a Visiting Scientist/Professor at the University of Chicago, USA for over a decade (1973-1986). He is acclaimed for his groundbreaking work using recombinant DNA technology in life science research. His significant contributions include transcriptional regulation of drug metabolizing genes in liver, elucidating the mechanism of chloroquine action and its resistance in the malaria parasite, new drug targets for malaria etc. He has trained around 50 Ph.D. students in his career. As director IISc, he had promoted academia-industry interaction. He was responsible for starting the Society for Innovation and Development (SID) at IISc, which has now grown into a major Innovation Centre. He is especially involved in promoting industries in the area of modern vaccines, drug discovery and diagnostics. He also initiated the IISc Young Science Fellowship Programme, in which bright students pursuing Science Courses at the graduate and post-graduate levels could spend each summer at IISc with exposure to lectures and research laboratories.
He is a recipient of several awards including Padmashree and Padmabhushan, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, BR AmbedkarAward , Ranbaxy Award, UNESCO Professor in Biotechnology and the first Distinguished Biotechnologist Award of the DBT, for his outstanding contributions to science. He is a Fellow of all Science Academies in India and the Third World Academy of Sciences. He is a student of Indian Philosophy and classical Carnatic music.
Institute of Bioinformatics and applied Biotechnology, Biotech Park Electronic city Phase I, Bangalore -560100.
Taught in IIT, Kanpur and IIMB, Bangalore and in several world-class universities including MIT and Stanford. Fulbright Scholar and is listed in Marquis’s Who's Who in the World since 1997.
Professor Sadagopan is the founder Director of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, a new generation institute promoted jointly by the Government of Karnataka & IT industry, in 1999. Professor Sadagopan had been teaching at two premier educational institutes in India, namely, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IITK) during 1980 - 1995 and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, (IIMB) during 1995-1999. Professor Sadagopan got his Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA. He has taught in several world-class universities-including MIT and Stanford. He has developed and taught courses on MIS, Database, Decision Support, Operations Research, ERP, Enterprise Systems, Networking, Software Architecture and E Commerce. Professor Sadagopan has authored two textbooks – and several articles for academic journals and news papers. He is a well known consultant in the areas of Computing, Communications, Software, Automotive, Oil and Power industries as well as social sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several private and public sector corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Studies of several Universities. He was a Fulbright Scholar and his name is listed in Marquis’s Who's Who in the World since 1997.
Heart Specialist andChairman,Narayana Hrudayalaya, 258/A, Bommasandra Industrial Area, Anekal Taluk, Bangalore-560099.
Dr. Devi Shetty, is an Indian born doctor and cardiac surgeon. He began his career with the Guys Hospital in London working for the National Health Service, United Kingdom, with whom he was associated till 1989. Subsequently, on his return to India, he started the BM Birla Heart Research Centre in Kolkata, where he was involved in the treatment of Mother Teresa. His involvement with Mother Teresa had a deep impact on him resulting in his becoming her disciple. Thereafter, he moved to Bangalore to commission the Manipal Heart Foundation. He founded a chain of super-specialty hospitals which includes the Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Kolkata and Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City in Bangalore. Currently, Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals establishes and manages existing and upcoming health cities in Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Ahmedabad and a few other cities.
Dr. Shetty and his team pioneered the concept of a “Health City”, a 2000-5000 bedded conglomeration of multiple super specialty hospitals in a single campus. The economies of scale achieved through the health cities enable the Group to provide affordable healthcare to thousands. Dr. Shetty was also involved in coining the term “Micro Health Insurance”. He spearheaded the launch of a health insurance for the farmers of Karnataka in association with the State Government. Yeshaswini, the micro-health insurance scheme, launched eight years ago with a premium of Rs. 5/- per month per person, has revolutionized health insurance in the State. Dr. Shetty actively sought and succeeded in replicating the micro-health insurance model in the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh (Arogya Shree) and Tamil Nadu (Kalaignar Star Health Insurance). The huge success of this model has seen six more State Governments opting to adopt a Yeshaswini like micro-health insurance model in their respective States.
Dr. Shetty’s Narayana Hrudayalaya Group, in association with the Indian Space Research Organization, manages the world’s largest telemedicine program and has treated over 53,000 heart patients. Narayana Hrudayalaya telemedicine facility caters to the PAN-African satellite network which connects 56 African cities.
The Narayana Hrudayalaya Group has extensive experience in performing complex heart operations such as Pulmonary Endarterectomy, repair of Aortic Aneurysms and repair of heart valves. Twenty years ago, Dr. Shetty and his team pioneered neo-natal cardiac surgery by operating on new born babies with complex congenital heart disease.
In addition to his administrative and medical commitments with the Narayana Hrudayalaya Group, Dr. Shetty is also on the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India, an apex body regulating medical education in India. His activities are profiled in several international publications like the Wall Street Journal, which referred to him as the Henry Ford of cardiac surgery in a cover page article, Forbes, Fortune and Business Week. Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School have based a case study acknowledging the unique business model of the Narayana Hrudayalaya Group.
Dr. Shetty is a recipient of the Padma Shree in 2003, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Dr. B.C .Roy award in 2004 and Social Entrepreneur - World Economic Forum in 2005.
Dr. Shetty is a Professor at Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India and University of Minnesota Medical School, USA.
Director (U.S.M) Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, JNMC Campus, Nehru Nagar, Belgaum-590010.
Ex-Vice Chancellor, Manipal University, Manipal.
Professor Belle Monappa Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee (2010) is a medical educationist, author, thinker, orator and cardiologist of international repute. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international medical journal called the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes. A former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Manipal, India, he also was the Visiting Professor of Cardiology at The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London between 1982 and 2002. He is the Affiliate Professor of Human Health,University of NorthernColorado. Among various academic and healthcare programmes he is involved in are as chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore Centre, Mangalore and Chairman of Bihar State Health Society’s Expert Committee,Patna.
Dr B. M. Hegde has been working at the cutting edge of modern healing sciences. He has a self-critical approach to one’s own profession. Abandoning the misleading term “evidence-based” medicine in favour of the "Whole Person Healing" practices which cover, among other things, ancient Indian Ayurvedic practices including the positive effect of spiritual healings. As a leading protagonist of the Whole Person Healing practice, he has been successfully educating audiences the world over on the virtues of the broader approach to human wellness. This has contributed in no small measure to the rewriting of medical philosophy in the 21stcentury with the buzz word Whole Person Healing (WPH) - healing of the body, mind and spirit.
Thirty five books, thousands of lay articles in several leading publications, 249 medical research papers in the leading Indian and international medical journals, professor Hegde teaches and examines for the British andIrishRoyalCollegesin addition to many Indian Universities. CovetedDr.BC Roy and JC Bose national awards for life science research in addition to Best teacher, Best researcher, Hon. Doctorate, and Distinguished physician of India awards to name a few are his achievements..
Vice Chancellor, Sri. Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education, Agalakote, B.H.Road, Tumkur-572107.
Dr Balakrishna Shetty did his MBBS/ MD (Radiology) from KMC Mangalore/ Manipal with Distinction in many subjects. He received National Merit Scholarship, DGHS Scholarship. He did Pediatric Radiology fellowship from University of Texas. He is one of the very few Foreign Medical Graduates to get the Fellowship in Body Imaging from Baylor College of Medicine in 1995.
In 1995 Dr Shetty was appointed as faculty Pediatric Radiology, at Children Hospital, Montréal, Canada. He came back to India, worked as Chief of Radiology at reputed Hospitals in Bangalore like Narayana Hrudayalaya, St Johns Medical College, Bangalore Institute of Oncology and Medinova. He worked as Prof and Head of the Dept of Radiology at Kempegowda Medical College and Sri Siddhartha Medical College.
He worked in many International hospitals and Universities like Yale University, Texas Children Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and the very prestigious Cleveland Clinic, USA. In 2007 he took over as
Chief of Radiology at ISHA Diagnostics, one of the best Diagnostic Centers in Malleshwaram Bangalore.
He is involved in Research Activities on Whole Body Imaging, Stem Cell Imaging and rare Muscular Dystrophy.
He is known internationally for developing MR PET technology, for early detection of Cancer without Radiation.
He is well known for his lectures on, Health maintenance and Cost effective Health Care by Natural Living. He is member of Malaysian Scientific Society, European Society of Radiology, and American Medical Association. He is the only member from Asia in the Scientific Committee and Editorial Board of Society for Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA). He is member of Karnataka Knowledge Commission and the
youngest Vice Chancellors of Medical Universities..
Cricket Player, No. 5, 5th Cross, 13th Main, Indira Nagara, Bangalore-560038.
Rahul Sharad Dravid (born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian Test and One Day International teams. He did his schooling from St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bangalore and represented the school in hockey and cricket. Dravid then went on to play Ranji Trophy for Karnataka and was part of the Ranji Trophy winning squad in 1998-99. He made his Test debut for India at Lords in 1996.Dravid was honoured as one of the top-five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000. Dravid was also awarded the ICC Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony held in 2004. Rahul Dravid is the 4th highest run getter in Test cricket and one of seven batsmen in the history of the game to have scored 10000 runs in both Tests and ODI matches. He holds the record of having taken the most number of catches in Test matches for a fielder. On 9 March 2012, he announced his retirement from international cricket. He continued to play in the IPL until calling time on his career after the 2013 season. He is now the Mentor of the Rajasthan Royals.
During his playing days, Dravid was conferred with the Arjuna Award (1998) and the Padma Shri (2004). In April 2013, Rahul Dravid received the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award.
Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, No.4, 3rd Main, KBA Stadium, Jasma Bhavan Road, Opp Congress Office, Vasanth Nagar, Beangaluru-560052.
Chairman, Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri, Karnataka
Field of activity: Education, Social Work, Art, Sports
Alva’s Education Foundation (R) was founded by the chairman Dr. M. Mohan Alva, a Physician by profession. Dr. M. Mohan Alva was born in an agrarian family on 31st May, 1952. He secured his Bachelor's degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. At present 19,000 youths are studying under various institutions of Alva’s Education Foundation. He thought of establishing institutions providing basic education starting from Pre-University to Post Graduate courses. At present totally 19 collages are running under Alva’s Education Foundation. Student Adoption Scheme: Out of 19,000 students 3000 students are brought under this scheme. This scheme is open to all the deserving students irrespective of their Caste, Creed, Religion. The beneficiaries chosen are under four categories namely: 1. High Distinction/Meritorious Category 2. Excellence in Sports Category 3. Excellence in Cultural Performances Category 4. Physically Challenged Category Dr. Alva’s love for sports: Alva’s give special emphasis to sports. Nearly 3000 students have been adopted under this scheme and where trained properly with free food and accommodation. Out of these nearly 150 sports men and women have earned fame and name for Alva’s Institution in State and National Level and now they are well settled in life. Alva’s Nudisiri (Promotion of Kannada literary activities): The service he rendered to the promotion of Kannada language by organizing Nudisiri, a national literary meet speaks volumes for his love for the language of the land. Alva’s Virasat - A cultural extravaganza (Promotion of Indian Classical Dance and Music): Dr. Alva's crowning achievement in the field of dance and music is Alva's Virasat. It is a National Cultural Festival held in Moodbidri every January. Artistes of National and International fame from all parts of India are invited to perform. Starting of Special School for mentally challenged. In the year 2008 he decided to start a school for the mentally challenged for providing a quality life for these children. Presently 25 children are getting trained in the school. Up-liftment of SC, ST Community: Children from scheduled communities such as Koraga, Siddi, Malekudiya, Soliga and Kudubi are adopted by Alva’s Education Trust. Nearly 100 students from these communities are getting free education.
Awards and Honours
Distinguished Professor Vikram Sarabhai, P&PR Unit, ISRO Hqs, Antariksh Bhavan, New BEL Road, Bengaluru-560 231
Vice-Chairman, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Government Institute of Printing Technology Building, Palace Road, Bengaluru-560001
International Athletic, No. 516, 16th E Cross, 17th A Main Koramangala, 6th Block, Bengaluru- 560094
Professor, IIM-Bengaluru, Dept. of QM & IS, Indian Institute of Management Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru -560076
Academician , No. 6, RIEESH Layout, J C Nagar, Mahalakshmipuram, Bengaluru -560086
Former Research Fellow, IIM-B, No. 120, 2nd Main, KUS Layout, (Next to National Law School of India University) Nagarabhavi 1st Stage Bengaluru -560072
Professor of Geography (Retd.), Karnataka University, Dharwad
Professor & Chairman, (Biomedical Engineering), Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute Science, Bengaluru
Chairperson, Infosys Founadation, Infosys Tower, No. 27, JP Nagar, 3rd Phase, Bannerghatta Main Road, Bangalore – 560076.
Born on August 19, 1950 at Shiggaon in the Haveri District of North Karnataka, Dr. Sudha Murty is a well-known social worker and a prolific writer.
After topping her state in the SSLC board examinations from the Girls’ English School, Hubli in 1966, Sudha Murty joined the BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli. Studying engineering at a time when there were hardly any women students in the stream or women engineers in the industry was a challenge in itself. Not only did she take up the challenge, but she also secured the first rank among all the universities of engineering in Karnataka in 1972, and received many awards, including a gold medal from the Institute of Engineers and a silver medal from the then Chief Minister of Karnataka, Devaraj Urs.
Getting entry into an all-male industry proved to be yet another challenge. However, Sudha Murty passed this test with flying colors, and went on to work as the first woman engineer for the automobile operations of the Tatas (Telco, now Tata Motors) in Pune, Mumbai and Jamshedpur. JRD Tata himself arranged for a special interview for her after she wrote to him directly complaining of the gender bias in his company (Telco then had a men-only policy). Sudha Murty has also worked for the Walchand Group of Industries in Pune as a Senior Systems Analyst.
Even though she started her professional life as an engineer, she later took up teaching as a career, while devoting a significant chunk of her time to social work. She has been the head of the department of Computer Science at the Bangalore University College, and a Visiting Professor at the Post Graduate Center of a reputed college of Bangalore University. Her passion for social causes translated into the creation of the Infosys Foundation in 1996. Ever since its inception, Sudha Murty has headed the Infosys Foundation with her characteristic commitment and zeal.
The wide range of Sudha Murty’s social work covers the sectors of healthcare, education, empowerment of women, public hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alleviation at the grassroots level. Over the years, she has designed and anchored several programs for the construction of school buildings, public toilets, healthcare facilities and homes for orphan and destitute children. Under her guidance, the Foundation has disbursed scholarships to needy meritorious students; donated books to educational institutions and public libraries, trained teachers; conducted disaster relief operations; imparted technical education to the youth; set up self-employment centers for women; helped war widows and artistes fallen in hard times; and revived some of our most traditional yet endangered arts and crafts.
Some of the notable projects taken up by the Infosys Foundation under Sudha Murty’s active leadership are the leprosy rehabilitation camp at Gulbarga, air-conditioning of the entire burns ward at Victoria Hospital in Bangalore, relief work in the flood-hit districts of north Karnataka and drought-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh, and the building of veterinary hospitals in the rural and backward areas of Karnataka. She is building 10,000 public toilets in the rural areas of Karnataka and has already built several hundred toilets in the city of Bangalore. Her vision of a library for each school has resulted in the setting up of 50,000 libraries so far. Sudha Murty has facilitated the donation of over several thousand computers to rural schools in Karnataka as she firmly believes that computers are the tools for the future. Through Foundation she has built 2,300 houses in the flood affected areas. She has handled national natural disasters like tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andaman, earthquake in Kutch - Gujarat, hurricane and floods in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and drought in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Sudha Murty is also a bestselling author, who writes in English and Kannada. Her published works include eight novels, five collections of short stories, four technical books, three travelogues, three children’s books and a book on self- experiences. Some of her most popular works include, “How I Taught My Grandmother to Read”, “Dollar Bahu”, “Mahashweta”, “Wise & Otherwise”, “Old Man and His God”, “Grandma’s Bag of Stories” and “Magic Drum & Other Favourite Stories”. Her most recent book has been, “The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk”, which is a collation of extraordinary stories about ordinary people’s lives. Her books have been translated into 16 Indian languages. Sudha Murty’s books have sold over a million copies overall and 5,00,000 in the English language alone. Her books have been accepted by young and older audiences alike and has a huge fan following.
Sudha Murty’s philanthropy and literary achievements have won her recognition at the state, national and international levels. She has been honored with the Padma Shri by the government of India in 2006, the Rajyaprashasti award by the Karnataka government in 2000, and seven honorary doctorates from the SNDT Women’s University, Bombay and the universities of Karnataka, Gulbarga, Chennai, Tirupati, Tumkur, and Kolhapur. The University of California, Berkeley gave her the International and Area Studies Global Leaders Award, while the Book Sellers & Publishers Association of South India, Chennai, recognized her contribution to literature with the R.K. Narayan Award. The Government of Karnataka awarded her the highest literary award the ‘Attimabbe Award’ –for her literary work for the year 2011-12. She was awarded the Doctorate of Literature from Tumkur University in 2012 for her thesis on “Functional Strategies and Best Practices of Infosys Foundation”.
Director , Khimji Flow Equipments Pvt. Ltd. Block No. 67/E, 67/F Revadihal Tarihal Road, Hubli - 580 026
Executive Director, Nandi Highway Developers Limited, Bengaluru.
Finance Department, GoK, Room No. 254, 2nd Floor, Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru-560001.
Medical Education Dept., GoK, 6th Floor, 4th stage, MS Building, Bengaluru-560001
Health and family welfare Dept., GoK, Room No. 105, 1st floor, Vikasa Soudha, Bengaluru-560001;
Education Department (Higher Education), GoK, 6th Floor, 2nd Stage, M.S. Building, Bengaluru-560001.
Information Technology, Bio Technology and Science & Technology Dept., GoK, 5th Floor, 5th stage MS Building, Bengaluru-560001
Information Technology, Bio Technology and Science & Technology, GoK, 6th Floor, 5th Stage, M.S. Building, Bengaluru-560001.