Sundar Pichai is now Google CEO, but Wikipedia is fighting over his school

On Wikipedia, fans were fighting over which school Sundar Pichai went to in Chennai

Written by Shruti Dhapola | Updated: August 17, 2015 1:43 pm

With Sundar Pichai, an Indian becoming Google CEO, the natural reaction for most people in the country is that it is a matter of pride.  While some might argue that Pichai has been an American citizen for the last 25 years or so and that Indians should calm down, for many an Indian heading one of the most important Silicon Valley companies is a reason to celebrate.

But this pride, also comes with a desire to claim Google’s new CEO and his success, a desire that has resulted in a Wikipedia battle. So what’s the contentious issue about Sundar Pichai’s Wikipedia page? His rise in Google, his style of working, his relationship with Google’s top boss Larry Page? Nope, it’s none of these but rather where Sundar Pichai went to school.

Now according to most media reports and interviews Pichai attended Jawahar Vidyalaya for Class X and Vanavani Matriculation for Class XII.  However after Google’s CEO Larry Page made the announcement about Pichai succeeding him as CEO, several other schools started claiming Pichai as one of their own.

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For starters, Pichai’s high-school was changed to PSBB and Vanavani, according to the Wikipedia edits. In fact, even PSBB’s Wikipedia page mentioned Sundar Pichai as its notable alumnus, which can be seen here. That notable alumni has since been dropped.

Another gleaming gem that was added during this edit change was that Picahi led his school team in the Tamil Nadu Regional Cricket Tournament. Check out the edited page below

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This need to claim Sundar Pichai as their school alumni got so bad, that at one point his Wikipedia page showed three schools in the list. The page reflected Jawahar Vidyalaya, Vanavani Matriculation and a new addition on the list was GRT Mahalaksmi Vidyalaya. Check out the page below.

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At some point, someone decided to go all out on this ‘school’ madness and added that Pichai was already in IIT by the time he was 8 and that he never went to school.  Oh and Rajinikanth and Shaktiman made an appearance in this post as well because when you’re mocking something, why stop at anything.

Hopefully they were doing this as a joke and not being serious. Check out that Wikipedia version below:

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And yes the edits are continuing. So far Pichai’s wikipedia page has seen over 354 edits in the last week alone, and the number of users who have edited Pichai’s page stands at 406.

If you see the graph on the edit stats page for Pichai, you will notice how the graph spikes once August 2015 starts, the month when he was announced as Google’s new CEO.

While some of us might have a good laugh over this ‘edit-war’, the issue raises concerns over how ‘collective wisdom’ online is often guided by its inherent biases.  In this case, the desire to claim the new Google CEO as a member of one particular Chennai school has reduced the whole exercise of Wikipedia’s democratic freedoms to a farcical exercise.

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    Krtin Kumar
    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:21 am
    This how the world works in a money based economy accept it! if you can't then go change it by working and stop complaining and do your research and invent new concepts fast.
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      Rajesh
      Aug 16, 2015 at 6:23 pm
      What does it matter? If you think sending your kid to one of those schools will turn him into the next CEO of Google, then you are a fool.
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        Nishith Desai
        Aug 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm
        Pichai's nationality is not India. This is his bio - School = Google Religion = Google Nationality = Google
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          Girish Rao
          Aug 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm
          Good he missed the Kota system for IIT prepn otherwise a dozen.of them would be claiming for his alumni status. . .
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            shagun
            Aug 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm
            The arrangement of the Internet giant drastically altered, but installed a new CEO: Sundar Pichai. He’ll head up Google, that’ll be a subsidiary company to a b-new firm called Alphabet. You are not alone in case the name does not ring a bell — Pichai has been for 11 years with Google, but has never made important headlines. So what is Sundar’s narrative? Source:
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              siddhartha sahoo
              Sep 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm
              Now sundar pichai is ceo of google. Now he is using his knowledge to develop google , where many people are not india. Also it is not a indian company. How our country is develop after ceo . If he is here and set up acompany and utilise his knowledge , it is help full for our country. So many emplo and our it sector become so strong. If this type of thought came to the mind of kalam sir, jamased tata sir, and so many , then our country is called as aback ward country. Change your mind , use your knowledge and set up a company .so many students are get a chance to use his knowledge.
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                siddhartha sahoo
                Sep 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm
                Now sundar pichai is ceo of google. Now he is using his knowledge to develop google , where many people are not india. Also it is not a indian company. How our country is develop after ceo . If he is here and set up acompany and utilise his knowledge , it is help full for our country. So many emplo and our it sector become so strong. If this type of thought came to the mind of kalam sir, jamased tata sir, and so many , then our country is called as aback ward country. Change your mind , use your knowledge and set up a company .so many students are get a chance to use his knowledge.
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                  KARUNA
                  Aug 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm
                  AS USUAL PICHI IS SHARP, AND HONEST TO BECOME CEO OF GOOGLE IN STATES. BUT ALAS!MANY A ONE IN CHENNAI CLAIMS THE CREDIT OF HIS SCHOOLING IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS. CHENNAITES ARE SHARP ,SMART LIKE PICHAI BUT NOT HONEST LIKE HIM. IT IS SEEN THEY IMBIBE THE OTHER QUALITIES OF CHENNAI VIZ NARROW AND CROOKED.
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                    S. Gowrishankar,
                    Aug 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm
                    Dear Editor, Be it Google or Microsoft or for that matter any other software company or firm, these are only supporting firms. For all that matter Google is just nothing more than a search engine and if it is able to support such people as Sundar Pitchai paying huge ries, there is something seriously wrong. For instance a farmer who produces food which is the most essential product on earth does not command as much respect as Pitchai. This is a great anomaly. This world cannot sustain without food but can sustain without Google. This anomaly must be removed and people should discuss this. Instead why this big noise about someone becoming a CEO of a company that is artificially made to be very significant and rich? Come on. If you want to spend time and energy on something then spend it on reversing the trend where in farmers get less returns when compared to some person working in a silly software organization that cannot fetch food. Wikipedia is spending time on the schooling of Pitchai shows how intellectually bankrupt people are. Can a software firm continue to be in the same status as this when a more vital sector, the agriculture sector, is suffering? We are in illusions and running behind some silly technology called software.
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                      S. Gowrishankar,
                      Aug 17, 2015 at 2:27 am
                      It appears we will not learn from our past. Google is full of trash. You can be happy with your eyes wide open enjoying the trash. How much trash is there is Google in comparison to useful information only critics of Google know and those who do research know. Best wishes.
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                        S. Gowrishankar,
                        Aug 17, 2015 at 2:35 am
                        Sorry. The reply below was not intended to be sent to your message. Please ignore this message below.
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                          S. Gowrishankar,
                          Aug 17, 2015 at 2:44 am
                          To become the CEO of Google you need have to be smart. Google is another of those companies on earth that is nothing but a simulated version of a contractor. Ironically the information fetched by Google does not get appreciation but Google gets the appreciation. There are many such parallels in our world where the real thing that is essential for life gets royally ignored and the illusion gets glorified. Excellent examples are cinema, stock broking, software programming, sports etc. People involved in these fields get more remuneration than a teacher or researcher or farmer or an artist or a clical musician. Smartness is needed when you want to be creative, innovative or be spontaneous. To be the CEO of Google requires smartness??? Laughable.
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                            S. Gowrishankar,
                            Aug 17, 2015 at 2:32 am
                            Well, I ran a computer software training insute several years ago only to find agriculture is more important than the silly stuff called software. I am involved in plenty of research and we are discovering new things and as well as just about to invent new concepts. Getting hired and fired is routine in anyone's life. Please look ahead of you so that you are in a position to hire and fire people. You can do it. It is not ego, but it is the will power.
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                              S. Gowrishankar,
                              Aug 17, 2015 at 2:34 am
                              Well, I ran a computer software training insute several years ago only to find agriculture is more important than the silly stuff called software. I am involved in plenty of research and we are discovering new things and as well as just about to invent new concepts. Getting hired and fired is routine in anyone's life. Please look ahead of you so that you are in a position to hire and fire people. You can do it. It is not ego, but it is the will power.
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                                S. Gowrishankar,
                                Aug 17, 2015 at 2:29 am
                                Well, do not worry. Posterity will inform you about the dustbin called Google and the need to eat real food. Many researchers know about the uselessness of Google. Best wishes.
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                                  Mukesh Sharma
                                  Aug 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm
                                  A hostel-mate of new Google CEO Sundar `Sundi’ Pichai at IIT-Kharagpur rewinds to life with the `boy’ who was once a favourite of raggers.
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                                    Mukesh Sharma
                                    Aug 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm
                                    A hostel-mate of new Google CEO Sundar `Sundi’ Pichai at IIT-Kharagpur rewinds to life with the `boy’ who was once a favourite of raggers.
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                                      Mukesh Sharma
                                      Aug 17, 2015 at 2:21 pm
                                      A hostel-mate of new Google CEO Sundar `Sundi’ Pichai at IIT-Kharagpur rewinds to life with the `boy’ who was once a favourite of raggers.
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