NR Narayana Murthy, the founder and executive Chairman of Infosys was honoured with the 2014 Canada India Foundation Chachalani Global Indian Award in Toronto, Canada on 26 April 2014. Murthy is the fifth recipient of the award and was awarded for his remarkable vision and leadership in the IT sector.
The award that carries a trophy and a cash prize of 50000 US dollars was presented to Murthy by Joe Oliver, the Canadian Finance Minister at the Canada India Foundation annual award function.
After receiving the award, Murthy announced that he will donate the money to Braille without Border Charitable Trust, which is an international organisation for blinds in the developing countries. The money was donated as the sum of the award is payable to a charitable institution of his/her choice.
With this award, Murthy has joined the club of global Indians, who have remained an inspiration to people across the world. Others who have been awarded with CIF’s Chachalani Global Indian Award includes
• Deepak Chopra, renowned thinker, writer and speaker on human empowerment and a strong proponent of alternative medicine
• Sam Pitroda, pioneer of India’s telecom revolution
• Tulsi Tanti, trailblazer in the deployment of wind power
• Ratan Tata, India’s most respected industrialist and philanthropist
About Canada India Foundation Chachalani Global Indian Award
The Canada India Foundation Chachalani Global Indian Award is conferred by the Canada India Foundation and is given to recognize an individual who demonstrates global leadership, vision and professional excellence. This award is one of the most prestigious awards among Indians around the world.
About Canada India Foundation (CIF)
Canada India Foundation is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2007 with an aim to foster support for stronger relations between Canada and India. It was also established to educate Canadians on the changing face of India and to increase the participation of Indo-Canadians in the public policy process in Canada.
CIF's founding members include entrepreneurs, senior Canadian business executives and top tier professionals. The foundation plays an important role in nourishing the Canada India relations. Some of such steps include regular dialogues with representatives of both countries, organization of theme based policy forums and contributing, directly and through its members, to India-focused initiatives at several academic institutions.
About NR Narayana Murthy
• Infosys was founded by him in 1981 and he served the company as its CEO from 1981 to 2002
• Murthy served Infosys as its Chairman from 2002 to 2011 and guided the company to become a multinational corporation and leader of India’s software revolution
• He is a recipient of Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award by the Government of India
• He also has been honoured by the governments of France and United Kingdom
• Time Magazine has described NR Narayana Murthy as the Father of Indian IT sector
• Fortune magazine has described him as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time
Who: NR Narayana Murthy
When: 28 April 2014