Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has decided to honour Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of Google of its eminent alumni together with other 11 personalities. P Sundarrajan aka Sundar Pichai carries B.Tech degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. Sundar Pichai from 1993 passed out batch of IIT Kharagpur is now promoted to CEO from senior Vice-President and Product Chief at Google Inc.
After completion of his graduation, Pichai went to Stanford University to pursue MS in Material Science and Engineering and later went to Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA degree from there. After working with several Multinational Companies, he joined Google in 2004 and worked in Android Development, software products such as Gmail and Google Chrome.
The apex institute had decided to confer Sundar Pichai with alumnus award in the convocation, which was held few days ago. Sundar Pichai who was once awarded the B C Roy Silver Medal for his outstanding performance from the department of Metallurgical and Material Engineering of IIT Kharagpur, was unable to attend the convocation due to his busy schedule. However the Director of IIT Kharagpur, Mr. Partha Pratim Chakraborty has congratulated him for his life time achievement and also mentioned that he would became inspiration for students graduating from IIT-KGP every year.
Recalling about Sundar Pichai from among thousands of students in IIT Kharagpur, senior faculty member of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Prof. Santa Kumar Roy said that, “Sundar was a hard working student who made best use of our platform for development of his fundamental knowledge of electronic materials.” The 71 year old professor who has a working experience of over four decade with the institution also stated that Sundar developed his interest in electronic materials while submitting a thesis in third year.
His batch mates from 1993 batch recalls him to be very studious and attentive student in the class, which has leaded him to top the class. According to Phani Bhushan, Pichai’s batch mate, “He was very shy and not very extrovert. But we were surprised when he married Anjali, another batch mate of ours at IIT.”
Pichai in a recent conference said that he is looking forward to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who along with his delegates is scheduled to visit Silicon Valley next month.