Bangalore, Nov 19 : Indian IT icon N R Narayana Murthy was among a dozen innovators from around the world who were honored last week during The Tech Awards, Silicon Valley, US, at a program for honoring the people who create pioneering technology to benefit humanity.
Mr Murthy received the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award which was presented to him on Thursday. Sponsored by Applied Materials, this award honors individuals whose broad vision and leadership help alleviate humanity's greatest challenges. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, also recognizes 12 laureates in six sponsored categories: Intel Environment Award; Microsoft Education Award; Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator Award; Nokia Health Award; Flextronics Economic Development Award, and Accenture Sustainable Energy Award.
In his reply, Mr Murthy, who founded IT major Infosys Ltd along with six colleagues said, technology uses the power of science to make life better for all of society. 'I believe that technology not only has the power to make a difference in health, nutrition and sheltering the poor, but it also can enhance one's confidence and dignity. The Tech Awards recognizes this. And I am honored to be a part of this distinguished program,' he said. Mr Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy established the Infosys Foundation in 1996.
The foundation works in partnership with non-governmental organizations to help underprivileged communities in India that are focusing on healthcare, education and rural development initiatives. 'As an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, Mr Narayana Murthy has focused on helping people achieve the economic empowerment that offers a path out of poverty,' Mr Mike Splinter, Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc. said. Presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Awards has recognized 257 laureates since its inception in 2001, a press release from Applied Materials said here today.