This is about a name in Indian Software Industry, which is Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy who is the co-founder of Infosys, one of the biggest software company in India and also known as the “ Father of Indian IT sector”.
He was born and raised in Kolar district of Karnataka, in a middle-class family and was really brilliant since his childhood. He has studied Electrical Engineering (BTech) from National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore. Even after graduation, he kept on studying and completed his masters (MTech) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur after which he started his career with a small IT company Patni Computer Systems, in Pune where he worked for a less time and started working with Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad as a chief systems programmer.
He found Sudha Murthy (Spouse) in Pune while working with Patni Computer Systems. Murthy always had a high thinking and wanted to start his own company, where the challenge was money.
He discussed the same thing with his wife and Sudha agreed to give him Rs 10,000 as she wanted her husband to give it a start. He invested the amount with his 6 more friends and established Infosys in an apartment of Mumbai which is now an International country because of the backbreaking work was done by Narayana Murthy. While working for the development of Infosys, Murthy created a National level model for IT development in India and in the year 1990 Infosys got its Public limited company registration.
Narayana Murthy served as CEO of Infosys from 1981 to 2002 for 21 years and later on, he handed- over the company to the co-founder Nandan Nilekani. Narayana Murthy also served as a member of Advisory board and has worked for HSBC bank, DSB Bank, Unilever, ICICI bank and NDTV as a Director. He has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards.
His wife, Sudha Murthy is a social activist and does philanthropic work through Infosys foundation.
Below are the awards won by Mr. Murthy and Infosys:
- 25 Greatest Global Indian Living Legends, by NDTV, in 2013.
- Sayaji Ratna Award, by Baroda Management Association, in 2013.
- Philanthropist of the year, by The Asian Awards, in 2013,
- Hoover Medal, by American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in 2012
- NDTV Indian of the Year’s Icon of India, by NDTV, in 2011
- IEEE Honorary Membership, by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer, in 2010
- Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, by Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, in 2009
- Padma Vibhushan, Government of India, in 2008
- Officer of the Legion of Honor, Government of France, in 2008
- Commander of the Order of British Empire (CBE), by Government of United Kingdom, in 2007
- Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year, by Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Jury, in 2003
- Padma Shri, by Government of India, in 2000