Kharagpur: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, one of India’s prestigious and globally acclaimed technology institutes, awarded the Honoris Causa Doctorate of Science (D. Sc.) to Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL group and Chairman, HCL Technologies Ltd and Shiv Nadar Foundation – for his outstanding contribution to computer hardware and software industry in the country.
The award was presented to Shiv Nadar on the 56th annual convocation ceremony of IIT Kharagpur by the Union Minister of HRD, Shri Kapil Sibal, amidst distinguished science and technology luminaries. With this award, Nadar now joins the league of luminary recipients including Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Mother Teresa, Ratan Tata and Satyajit Ray, who have been conferred this award earlier.
The Honoris Causa Doctorate by IIT is meant to acknowledge and felicitate distinguished personalities in the country who have made commendable contributions in the field of science, engineering, entrepreneurship and academics. Shiv Nadar’s name was selected by the Senate, the Board of Governors and the President of India, the Visitor of IIT Kharagpur due to his commendable contribution as Engineer Entrepreneur.
The IIT Kharagpur Doctorate of Science incidentally follows an earlier November 2007 Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science from the University of Madras, also for Shiv’s contribution to not just the IT industry in India, but also for his “transformation of technological culture globally”. Shiv now increasingly spends his time on the philanthropic initiatives of the not for profit Shiv Nadar Foundation, and to map its vision for social transformation through education – to India’s higher education needs.