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Read story of Sudha Murthy
As the famous saying goes, “Behind every successful man is a woman,” behind Narayana Murthy, IT industrialist and co-founder of Infosys, is Sudha Murthy, his wife. Sudha Murthy was born in Shiggaon in northern Karnataka, India, and is the daughter of a renowned surgeon Dr R H Kulkarni.
Sudha Murthy was an outstanding student. She completed her B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the B.V.B. College of Engineering and Technology, where she stood first in her class and received a gold medal from the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
She then pursued M.E. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science, where she once again stood first in the class. Upon her completion of her Master’s course, she received a gold medal from the Indian Institute of Engineers.
Sudha Murthy was hardworking and determined to succeed in her studies, which is why she emerged a topper in both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. After graduation, Sudha Murthy was hired by TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company, also known as TELCO, and she was the first female engineer in the company.
She earned her rightful place in the company after sent a postcard to the chairman of the company, complaining of “men only” gender bias at TELCO. Sudha Murthy believes in meritocracy, which is why she fought discrimination in the Indian society to pave a path for capable women in the country.
At every stage in our lives, we come across immense challenges and various forms of discrimination. But that should not discourage us from performing our best. We should be determined and strive to achieve success despite the obstacles we face in life. And we should have the courage to fight and eradicate policies that may stifle the growth of our country. These are some of the lessons that we can learn from Sudha Murthy.
Sudha Murthy is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and was the seed investor behind the firm. She stood behind her husband when he dreamt about opening his own IT firm. Despite financial difficulties, Sudha Murthy raised Rs 10,000 for the start-up of Infosys.
She works closely with Gates Foundation and has established a number of orphanages and supported the movement to furnish government schools in Karnataka with computer centres and libraries. Her passion for helping mankind, especially the poor in India, brought out the writer in her and she published a number of books, espousing her views on charity and hospitality.
For her great contribution to the economy of the country and the social welfare of the citizens, Sudha Murthy was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006. Also, she received the Raja-Lakshmi Award and R.K. Narayan’s Award for Literature. Sudha Murthy is an inspiration to millions who want to carve their future and make it big in life.
Nothing is impossible if one puts his heart and mind to it. This is what Sudha Murthy’s life story is all about.
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