Interaction of Prakashites with Mr. Sam Pitroda
The students of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan had a very unique and inspiring interaction with Sam Pitroda, an inventor, technocrat and social thinker, that telecom revolution started in India. Sam Pitroda,currently the Chairman and CEO of World –Tel Limited, an International Telecom Union (ITU) initiative, elucidated to the students about his vision to use technology for the benefit and betterment of the society. Along with being a pioneer in telecom, he has made his efforts to provide the basic necessities for the unprivileged. His role models are Gandhi and Einstein – Gandhi as he could rise above self, and Einstein as he imagined things and proved it, he believed in imagination is more powerful than knowledge and imagination can go beyond all knowledge.
Sam Pitroda narrated the students about his work at GTE and formed Wescom Switching,Inc., Chicago and in the year 1984 he returned to India and founded the Center for Development of Telematics and later became advisor to the PM of India on National Technology Missions. He revolutionized the state of telecommunications in India by providing public access to telephones. Answering to the inquisitive queries of the students Sam Pitroda said that his dream was ‘Working on Technology’ and the process of growing up is the day when we fill up what the society needs. He advised students to concentrate on things on which they have their control and that ‘Life is a journey and there is no end point.’ His message was “Work hard, be good, be honest, be sincere and enjoy life.”
The Director Sri Ch Vasu Prakash was also present on this occasion.