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NR Narayana Murthy – An Inspirational Career Story

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NR Narayana Murthy is a man who doesn’t need any introduction.

Introduction :

NR Narayana Murthy is a man who doesn’t need any introduction. He is perhaps the ultimate role model for every aspiring software professional and entrepreneur. His story is perhaps the story of India’s Information Technology Revolution. The founder of Infosys , the greatest Indian I T firm may seem a simple man but is one of the greatest intellectuals of the country.


  • B Tech (electrical engineering) , National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore in 1967, Master’s degree (Computer Science) IIT Kanpur in 1969, Interestingly enough



  • 1996,JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award
  • 1998,Indian Institute of Technology,Kanpur distinguished Alumnus Award
  • 2000,Padma Shri – Government of India
  • 2001,Max Schmidheiny Liberty Prize
  • 2003,World entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young
  • 2003,Indo French Forum Medal
  • Commander of the British Order (CBE)
  • 2008,Padma Vibhushan – Government of India


NR Narayana Murthy is a man who doesn’t need any introduction.

Career :

  • Narayana Murthy started his career as chief systems engineer at IIM Ahmedabad .He worked on a time sharing system and designed and implemented a BASIC interpreter for ECIL(Electronics Corporation of India Ltd)
  • He later joined Patni Computer Systems, Pune
  • In 1981, with a small investment of 10000 Rs borrowed from his wife Sudha Murthy, Narayana Murthy founded Infosys with six other professionals
  • Narayana Murthy served as the President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM),India from 1992-1994 .
  • Narayana Murthy served on the boards of several companies and universities such as DBS Bank Singapore, Reserve Bank of India, NDTV,Unilever, HSBC, Fords Foundation and UN Foundation to name a few.
  • He retired from from his executive positon at Infosys and currently is the Non-Executive Chairman of the board .

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Narayana Murthy’s most significant career move was made in IIT Kanpur where a chanced meeting with a famous computer scientist on a sabbatical from US university convinced him of a career in Computer Science. Narayana Murthy later said “I was hooked. I went straight from breakfast to the library, read four or five papers he had suggested, and left the library determined to study computer science. Friends, when I look back today at that pivotal meeting, I marvel at how one role model can alter for the better the future of a young student. This experience taught me that valuable advice can sometimes come from an unexpected source, and chance events can sometimes open new doors”

Optimism and Confidence in your abilities:

Narayana Murthy insists that even in the darkest days of Infosys inception, it was the optimism and the confidence he and his founding partners had in their venture that kept them going to become the biggest Indian IT firm. There were even times when temptations came in the form of other companies offering to acquire Infosys for an attractive sum. But sticking to your company and believing in your abilities is important as Murthy puts it .”



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