September 15, 2015 1:21:35 am
It’s never easy to pick winners when there’s an abundance of talent. And this is probably most true of India’s IT sector where innovation seems to breed more innovation. Which is why the high-powered jury that will select the best entries for the Express IT Awards has its task cut out. With entries flooding in across the nine categories for which applications have been invited, Rajan Anandan, Kris Gopalakrishnan, TV Mohandas Pai, R Chandrashekhar and S Sadagopan are going to have to put in long hours. To be sure, they will be assisted by knowledge partners PwC, but the final call will be theirs. And given the competition, choosing the best can be difficult.
In 2014, the competition saw close to 350 entries across seven categories but this time around that number looks like is going to get far bigger.
Apart from the fact that a clutch of new categories have been included — IT Infrastructure, Software Product of the Year, E-Commerce Solutions and Digital Citizens Solutions — there’s also the desire to take home Indian IT’s most coveted trophy and also to win the appreciation of such an erudite, respected team of professionals.
MD of Google India, Rajan Anandan is a well-known angel investor in India and in his home country, Sri Lanka. After working in the US as VP and executive assistant to Dell founder Michael Dell, Anandan moved to India in 2006 as country manager, Dell. He then went on to become MD Microsoft India before taking up his current assignment at Google.
Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, is a co-founder of Infosys. He has served in various key roles at Infosys as COO, CEO and MD. He was also the executive co-chairman and later stepped down from the company as vice-chairman in October 2014.
TV Mohandas Pai
TV Mohandas Pai is chairman of Manipal Global Education, a provider of higher education services across the globe. Pai has been an integral part of the IT industry, playing a stellar role in shaping financial fortunes at Infosys. Today, Pai is a venture capitalist supporting entrepreneurs as founder of Aarin Capital and Exfinity Fund.
NASSCOM president Rentala Chandrashekhar has the distinction of joining the IT industry lobby after being in the government, which arms him with the crucial government perspective. Chandrashekhar has served as chairman of the Telecom Commission and secretary, Department of Telecomm-unications, in the ministry of communications and information technology.
S Sadagopan is founder-director of International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. He has taught for over three decades at several elite institutes like IIT-Kanpur, IIM-Bangalore and IIT-Madras.
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