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IT industry veterans Narayana Murthy and Kris Gopalakrishnan bat for increased funding for research

They stress on the need for changing certain archaic things by bringing in innovative ideas in this regard

IT industry veterans Narayana Murthy and Kris Gopalakrishnan bat for increased funding for research

Infosys Science Foundation President Kris Gopalakrishnan and trustee NR Narayana Murthy during a press conference in Bengaluru on Wednesday. PTI Photo



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Bengaluru, May 15

IT industry veterans N R Narayana Murthy and Kris Gopalakrishnan on Wednesday batted for increasing funding for research and higher academic institutes in the country by both the private and public sector, and stressed on the need for changing certain archaic things by bringing in innovative ideas in this regard.

Speaking to reporters here, Gopalakrishnan, who is also the co-founder of IT major Infosys, said, “We also need to increase our funding for research, both from private and public.... more is needed. Look at US universities—MIT, Harvard and Stanford—they get endowments worth billions of dollars, so I hope that our alumni will contribute more to our institutions.”    

“Today, our institutions are primarily dependent on government funding.... I want to see more industry participation also,” he said.

Concurring with him, Murthy said there is a need to change some of the archaic things; for example, even today an entrepreneur cannot donate shares to academic or research institutions.

Lots of innovations are taking place in the corporate world. They are needed even in the academic institutions, he said and added, “If a young entrepreneur gives some shares, we don’t have to assume that all of them will fail. So once the government starts looking at these innovative ideas that prevail in the industry, things will happen.”

Entrepreneurs will not have much money, but they can give shares, Murthy, who is also co-founder of Infosys, said and added, “Once the company achieves certain growth, they (institutions which were given shares) will get a dividend, which will itself be very significant and they will keep multiplying value. So, even educational institutions will have to look at what our future will be 20 or 50 years from now.”

Gopalakrishnan too said, “Some of our premier institutes will have to look at things like holding equity.... because equity, if you hold, will multiply over time significantly.”


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