The former CEO of Infosys graced IIIT with his presence as the chief guest at the first convocation. Much praise was showered on a simple and direct man, and rightly so.
Behind the glasses and an easy smile I saw firmness and keen attention. Hints towards the want of an Infosya PhD fellowship and other research grants were met with an easy smile, but no commitments were made. He seemed also to be forward thinking, asking many questions about planning, scope and direction. Not interested in current achievements and laurels. His advice to the students was simple, focus on the fundamentals and change things for the better. The director quoted him saying
“our legacies would be written in our actions, not in our words. It will be written in the outcomes we generate rather than the intentions we start with.”