The founder of HCL Shiv Nadar has been appointed as the chairman of the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. The announcement was made through a statement released from the software major.
"It is an honour to be entrusted the responsibility to further advance the global stature this great institution has built already," said Nadar.
Shiv Nadar has taken over the chairmanship from B. Muthuraman, vice chairman of Tata Steel. Nadar has been involved in lot of philanthropic initiatives of the not-for-profit Shiv Nadar Foundation. IIT-Kharagpur is the only engineering institution from India listed among top 500 universities worldwide in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 'Academic Ranking of World Universities'.
Former chairpersons of IIT-Kharagpur include former West Bengal chief minister B.C. Roy, former chairman and managing director of Tata Steel Russi Mody, chairman emeritus of Ballarpur Industries Ltd. L.M. Thapar, and chairman emeritus of RPG Group R.P. Goenka.
Shiv Nadar is an Indian entrepreneur, IT executive, educationalist, bridge player, one of India’s richest people and the Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of HCL Technologies. Shiv Nadar founded HCL in the mid-1970s and transformed the IT hardware company into an IT Enterprise over the next three decades by constantly reinventing his company’s focus. In 2008, Nadar was awarded Padma Bhushan for his efforts in IT industry. Nadar, nicknamed by friends as Magnus (Persian for Wizard), since mid-1990s has focused his efforts in developing the educational system of India through SSN Trust.
[Source: Economic Times]