January 25, 2012 admin

Guru Nanak Dev University would honour two eminent personalities at its 38th Annual Convocation on February 1

Amritsar, January 25 – Guru Nanak Dev University would honour two eminent personalities, Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman-Emeritus, Infosys Technologies Limited, Electronics City, Bangalore and Mr. Kartar Singh Duggal, an eminent Punjabi writer, New Delhi with Honoris Causa Degrees at its 38th Annual Convocation scheduled to be held on  February 01 in the Dasmesh Auditorium of the University. This honour would be been given by the University in recognition of their contribution in their respective fields
                   Stating this, Dr. Inderjit Singh, Registrar said that all students of Ph.D, M.Phil and first three position holders of all other examinations would be awarded their Degrees and Medals on this occasion.
                   Registrar said that Dr. Narayana Murthy rose to the extraordinary heights of being an iconic businessman, a synonym of IT revolution in India and a corporate manager par excellence who is now a mentor and an ideal to millions of young aspirants. He said that Infosys, Murthy’s small joint project founded in 1981 with the borrowed seed money of rupees ten thousand, is today worth over six billion dollars having global footprints with 65 development centres in scores of countries. He said that Infosys pioneered the global delivery model which redefined business procedures, promoting outsourcing and resulting in optimum utilisation of talent and local sources. Besides providing consultancy and development services to business and technology, Infosys has played a ground-breaking role in Indian banking industry with the launch of its ‘Finacle’ an e-banking solution software.
                   He said that the hard work, commitment and vision that Dr. Narayan Murthy invested in Infosys not only led his company to the top, but also made him an international cult figure. At home and abroad he has been felicitated, feted and decorated with awards and prizes by leading world organisations. Among others, he has been the recipient of Padma Vibhushan, (India), Officer of the Legion of Honor (France), Commander of the Order of the British Empire (UK), Max Schmidheiny Freedom Prize (Switzerland), Woodrow Wilson Award (US), Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award (Forbes).
                   In 2006, TIME magazine voted him one of the Asian Heroes of the last 60 years bracketing him with leaders like Mahatama Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa.      Unlike others, at 65, Mr. Murthy took ‘sanyas’ from his corporate home, Infosys; yet he has not ceased working and is actively involved in corporate philanthropy which he and his associates started long back. He is a quiet contributor who thinks the developing countries need big initiatives in education, health and food.
                   Dr. Inderjit Singh said that the second personality, Shri Kartar Singh Duggal is a living legend of the contemporary and erstwhile Punjab, who, in his writings, has woven the historical strands of partition saga and the intricate designs of modern living. He is a master storyteller of human relationships and a virtual pioneer of modern Punjabi fiction. As a chronicler of tragic social events taking place in the wake of political developments in the first half of twentieth century, he earned the repute of a naturalistic writer. But it was his exploration of the hitherto unchartered space of female mind that gave him a distinct pride of place in the Punjabi literary circles. He said that speaking from the modern psychological perspective he laid bare before the reading public the deep impulses, cravings and turmoils that rule the female psyche. In the overwhelming world of patriarchy, he became the voice of the other gender and a favorite of the new Punjabi reader.
                   Though post-independence living in different parts of India, he never left behind the cultural baggage of his native Pakistan Punjab. The sublime environs of Pothohar, especially its dialect, became an integral part of his literary craftsmanship, and gave his writings a characteristic feel of nostalgia and intimacy.
                   He said that S. Duggal is a prolific and an active writer till date. He has published twenty six collections of short stories, seven plays, ten novels, four collections of poetry, ten works of literary criticism and scores of other assorted writings. In his earlier years he was associated with All India Radio and produced plays which gave him instant popularity. Most of his writings are regular part of standard school and college curricula. Punjabis all over the world are indebted to him for his literary contribution especially his fiction, like Hal Muridan da which touches their raw nerves and inner cords. In recognition, he has been practically honoured with all major literary prizes including the Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award, Ghalib Award, Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, Bhai Mohan Singh Vaid Award, and Soviet Land Nehru Award. In 2007, he was bestowed with Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour, which ranks him among ‘the immortals of Indian literature’.

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