Sam Pitroda (born 1942 at Titlagarh, Orissa, India) hailed from Gujarat from where his parents migrated to Orissa. Influenced by Gandhi and his philosophy, Sam Pitroda along with his brother were sent to imbibe Gandhian philosophy at Gujarat.
He is an internationally reputed telecom inventor, management guru and entrepreneur. He revolutionalised telecommunication when he was the Chief Technology Advisor to then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi bringing rural India into the network. He founded C-Sam Inc and is the Chairman of WorldTel Ltd.
Education & Career of Sam Pitroda
He had his schooling Vallabh Vidyanagar and Masters in Physics and Electronics from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara in Gujarat. He did his Masters in electrical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He was the founding Chairman of Telecom Commission - Government of India; Founder of a number of companies in the US and Europe such as Wescom.
Important works of Sam Pitroda
He was invited by the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi in 1984 to the Center for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) an autonomous telecom R&D organization. He became the advisor to Rajiv Gandhi, the successor to Indira Gandhi, in 1987 and shaped foreign and domestic telecommunications policies of the country.
He is credited with the telecommunications revolution in India making accessible and affordable across the country. However, he returned to Chocago when he fell out with the Minister for Telecommunication in the V.P. Singh government. He headed the National Knowledge Commission in 2004 by Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh.
He owns more than 50 patents worldwide including the digital diary used by companies including Sharp, Casio and Texas Instruments. He was invited by the Secretary General of United Nations to advice on global digital divide issues.
Awards and Achievements to Sam Pitroda
Sam Pitroda received Canada India Foundation ("CIF") Chanchlani Global Indian Award (2008); Lifetime Achievement Award (2002); and a Doctorate by Andhra University.