Sam Pitroda
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" Satyanarayan Gangaram Pitroda" popularly known as "Sam Pitroda" is a telecom engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and policymaker. He was born in Titilagarh, a poor, remote village in rural Odisha, India. In 1964, he traveled to Chicago to study electrical engineering. Pitroda had never used a telephone before arriving in the US.

After many years Pitroda visited India and could not make a phone call to his wife. So he returned to India and spent nearly a decade with Rajiv Gandhi/Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as leader of an effort to build an Indian information industry. The task was to extend digital telecommunications to every corner of the country, including remote villages, like the one of his birth. Pitroda launched the C-DOT/Center for the Development of Telematics (C-DOT), and served as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Technology Missions related to water, literacy, immunization, oil seeds, telecom, and dairy. He is also the founding Chairman of India’s [ Telecom Commission].

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Whatever we do will have long term implications -- if we are going to be a global player, we must focus on strengthening infrastructure.

I can say confidently that there is not an area of nation-building where some overseas Indian somewhere does not have expertise in.

We need to increase that number to 25 percent.

We cannot move forward without this and the question is how fast could we do these reforms. By next month we would like to submit a report recommending university reforms.

It is time we structure our institutions of knowledge to be a global player in the 21st century.

I believe that intellectual property will take on a different meaning.