SPECIAL CONVOCATION on 8th JANUARY 20132017-12-13T12:30:39+00:00


DSC_0075 (1)Special Convocation and Convocation to confer
Honoris causa the Degree of Doctor of Science

Mr. Narayanamurthy,
Chairman Emeritus, Infosys.

Honoris causa the Degree of Doctor of Science

Ms. Sudha Murty,

Chairperson, Infosys Foundation

January 8 th 2013 will be a day Vel Tech will etch in it’s noble history . In a solemn  convocation ceremony Vel Tech Chancellor  Dr.R.Rangarajan conferred the honourary degree of Doctor of Science on Mr. Narayanamurthy , Chairman Emeritus Infosys in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Information Technology Industry, exemplary value based leadership and ethical business practices and promotion of finest research in science and humanities ;

and the honourary degree of DLitt on  Dr. Mrs. Sudha Murty Chairperson Infosys foundation in recognition of her exemplary value based leadership, extensive support for the under privileged in the society through health care, education, destitute care and rural development programmes and significant contribution to English and Kannada literature .

Vice Chancellor Dr.R.P.Bajpai welcomed with pride Mr.N.R.Narayanamurthy ,the only Indian listed on fortunes worlds 12 greatest entrepreneurs 2012  and who articulated, designed and implemented the global delivery model which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India.
Dr.Bajpai described the great work of Mrs.Sudha Murthy and extended a warm welcome to her. She is building 10,000 public toilets in the rural area of Karnataka  and has handled disasters like tsunami in Tamil Nadu and earthquake in Kutch. An author with a very elegant style , 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.

Vice chancellor  in his  speech also threw light on the roots of Vel Tech  founded in 1990 by Dr.R.Rangarajan &Dr.Mrs.Sagunthala  with a current student strength of 20000 housing  a deemed university , 3 engg colleges, 4 business schools ,nursing college, polytechnic college, and school.
“Inculcating the values of honesty ,determination, discipline and dedication here at Vel Tech we create engineers of value who will add value to our national progress. The university has several unique tie ups with foreign univ, industries, research institutes in India and abroad . The aim is to be build a highly enriched reservoir of managerial and technicallly qualified manpower and thus bridge the gap between industry and academia. Post graduate programs with ARAI, CDAC ,SAIL, TATA STEEL  ,TAFE ,FCRI are some of the unique industry linked programs .”

The couple later inaugurated the Mother Teresa Auditorium and visited  the research park ,telecom centre of excellence by ministry of communication , centre of excellence  on design engg and manufacturing a new initiative of Vel Tech with dausalt systems ,Germany on product life cycle mgmt software .

                         SPECIAL CONVOCATION                                                                                    

 Narayanamurthyheld on 08th January, 2013 at 10.00 a.m
at Vel Murugan Auditorium, Vel Tech Campus

Mr.N. R. Narayana Murthy ,Chairman Emeritus, Infosys

N. R. Narayana Murthy is the Founder of Infosys Limited, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. He founded Infosys in 1981, served as the CEO during 1981-2002, and as the Chairman and Chief Mentor during 1981-2011. Under his leadership, Infosys was listed on NASDAQ in 1999. He is currently the Chairman Emeritus of Infosys.

Mr. Murthy articulated, designed and implemented the Global Delivery Model which has become the foundation for the huge success in IT services outsourcing from India. He has led key corporate governance initiatives in India. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries.

He serves on the boards of HSBC, Ford Foundation, Rhodes Trust, the Indian School of Business and the UN Foundation. He served as a member of the Unilever board between 2007 and 2010, the Chairman of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore between 2002 and 2012 and the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad between 2002 and 2007. He has also served on the boards of Cornell University, Singapore Management University, INSEAD (Paris), Wharton School and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Mr. Murthy was listed as one among the “12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time” by the Fortune magazine in 2012. The Economist ranked him among the ten most-admired global business leaders in 2005. He has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India, the Legion d’honneur by the Government of France, and the CBE by the British government. He is the first Indian winner of Ernst and Young’s World Entrepreneur of the year award and the Max Schmidheiny Liberty prize. He has appeared in the rankings of businessmen and innovators published by BusinessWeek, Time, CNN, Fortune, India Today, Business Standard, Forbes and Financial Times. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the 2012 Hoover Medal and the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award 2012 by The Tech Museum, California. He received the 2007 Ernst Weber Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., USA (IEEE). He has about 25 honorary doctorates from universities in India and abroad.

                   SPECIAL CONVOCATION                                                                                     sudhamurthy

held on 08th January, 2013 at 10.00 a.m            

at Vel Murugan Auditorium, Vel Tech Campus

Ms. Sudha Murty ,Chairperson, Infosys Foundation

Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, 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”.

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