People who inspire us

something that’s been proven by The great noble minds of India.

Narayana Murthy

Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, has been described as Father of Indian IT by Time magazine. Murthy has also been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards. After completing his school education, he attended the National Institute of Engineering, and later received his master's degree from IIT Kanpur.

amar bose

The founder of Bose Corporation, who had a net worth of $1.8 billion, was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for over 45 years. Bose studied at MIT, and was a Fulbright research student. In 2011, he donated a majority of the company to MIT to advance MIT’s education and research mission.

Satya Nadella

The current CEO of Microsoft, he attained a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Manipal Institute of Technology. Later he studied for an MS degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dilip Sanghvi

Dilip Sanghvi, founder of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, India's most valuable drug company, is now the country's richest person. Shanghvi earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calcutta. He is also credited with steering Sun Pharma to fifth place in the global generic drugs market.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria, an Indian-born American journalist and author who hosts CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS and writes a weekly column for The Washington Post. He is also the author of four books, two of them international bestsellers. After attending the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world, is ranked 13 in the list of Forbes World's 100 most powerful women in 2014. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, she studied at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, a premiere management college in India.

Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani, an entrepreneur and bureaucrat, was the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). After a successful career at Infosys, he headed the Government of India's technology committee, TAGUP. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra, an Indian-born American author and public speaker, is a proponent of the holistic-health movement. Chopra obtained a medical degree in India, emigrated to the US and taught at the medical schools of Tufts University, Boston University and Harvard University. He is also the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Srinivasa Ramanujan

An Indian mathematician whose contributions to the theory of numbers include pioneering discoveries of the properties of the partition function. His genius slowly gained recognition, and in 1913 he began a correspondence with the British mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy that led to a special scholarship from the University of Madras and a grant from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Verghese Kurien

Verghese Kurien, known as the Father of the White Revolution, is the architect of Operation Flood, the world's largest agricultural development programme. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later went to went to the United States on a Government of India scholarship to earn a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

dr. b.r. ambedkar

An Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination of Dalits, women and labour. He was independent India's first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India. He earned a law degree and various doctorates from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.

harivansh rai bachchan

An Indian poet who was one of the most acclaimed Hindi-language poets of the 20th century. His public readings were translated into English as well as many other Indian languages. He continued to write poetry while teaching English at Allahabad University, and worked to promote the Hindi language in the government of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Sam Manekshaw

Sam Manekshaw, the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the five-star rank of Field Marshal. His distinguished military career spanned four decades and five wars, beginning with service in the British Indian Army in World War II. Manekshaw rose to become the Eighth Chief of Staff of the Indian Army in 1969.

sam pitroda

A telecom engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker who served as chairman of the National Knowledge Commission and advisor to the United Nations. After completing his Masters in Physics from MS University, Vadodara, he obtained a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, US.

m.s. swaminathan

A geneticist and administrator, who is renowned for his leading role in India's Green Revolution. After obtaining a post-graduate degree in Cytogenetics, he joined the Wageningen Agricultural University, in the Netherlands for research, and later earned his PhD at the Cambridge University.

Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams, an American astronaut of Indian descent, holds the record for the longest single space flight by a woman. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Science from the United States Naval Academy, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology.

Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen, an economist and philosopher, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and the Bharat Ratna in 1999. After earning a B.A. in Economics in Kolkata, he moved to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a second B.A. in Economics and was elected to a Prize Fellowship.

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai

Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, an Indian physicist who is considered the father of India's space programme. He matriculated from the Gujarat College in Ahmedabad after passing the Intermediate Science Examination, and moved to England and joined the St. John's College, University of Cambridge.

a.p.j. abdul kalam

An Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, studied physics at St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli, and aerospace engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai.

j.r.d. tata

A French-born Indian aviator and business tycoon who was the Chairman of Tata Sons. He became India's first licensed pilot in 1929. In 1983, he was awarded the French Legion of Honour and, in 1992, the Bharat Ratna. He was conferred the honorary rank of Air Commodore by the Indian Air Force.

Homi Bhabha

Homi Bhabha was an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He is also known as ‘the father of Indian nuclear programme’. He attended the Royal Institute of Science until 1927, and then joined Caius College of Cambridge University.

Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray was a Bengali filmmaker who is considered as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and viewing Vittorio De Sica's Italian neorealist 1948 film Bicycle Thieves during a visit to London.

Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar is the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, India's largest private bank. She has a master's degree in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, where she received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence as well as the J. N. Bose Gold Medal.

vikram seth

A novelist and poet who has received several awards including Padma Shri, Sahitya Akademi Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, and WH Smith Literary Award. His notable works include The Golden Gate, A Suitable Boy and An Equal Music. Seth obtained a degree from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

vallabhbhai patel

An Indian barrister and statesman, who was one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. He was a social leader who played a leading role in the country's struggle for independence against the British rule. In India and elsewhere, he was often addressed as Sardar.

c. rajagopalachari

An Indian lawyer, independence activist, politician, writer and statesman. He was the last Governor-General of India. Lohia attended the Banaras Hindu University to complete his intermediate course after standing first in his school's matriculation examinations. He then joined University of Calcutta and in 1929, earned his B.A. degree.

R.K. Narayan

R.K. Narayan was an Indian writer, best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English, and is credited with bringing the genre to the rest of the world. Narayan's works include The Financial Expert, hailed as one of the most original works of 1951.

e. sreedharan

Known as the 'Metro Man', he is credited with building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro. He was awarded the Padma Shri, the Padma Vibhushan and the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur. A Civil Engineering graduate from the Government Engineering College, Kakinada, he joined the Indian Engineering Service (IES).

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. He believed that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.