Kutty Memorial Lecture

6:30 PM on Monday 08 April 2019

The FCC South Asiacordially invites you to
The Second MadhavanKutty Memorial Lecture on
By Sam Pitroda

at 6.30pm on Monday, April 8, 2019

at The FCC Auditorium
AB-19 Mathura Road, Opposite Pragati Maidan Gate# 7, New Delhi-110001.

The Lecture is being organised in collaboration with the Kutty family, his friends and former colleagues.

S Venkat Narayan

V K Madhavan Kutty, former Editor of Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi and founder director of satellite channel Asianet, died at age 71 in New Delhi in 2005. Born in Palakkad in Kerala, he started his journalistic career in Mathrubhumi in the 1950's and came to Delhi as its Chief of Bureau and retired as its Editor after working for 40 years. He authored 16 books in Malayalam, including two novels, several short stories and memoirs. He also wrote biographies of VK Krishna Menon and former President K R Narayanan.

Recipient of a Padma Bhushan award, he was conferred the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award in 1991, and was awarded 'SwadeshabhimaniPuraskaram' in 2002 by the Kerala Government for his contribution as a journalist. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

He also survived two plane crashes in the 1970s, and wrote a book about his miraculous escapes called Accidents: My Co-Travellers.

Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected telecom inventor, entrepreneur, development thinker, and a policy-maker. He has spent 50 years in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and related global and national developments. He laid the foundation for India's telecommunications and technology revolution of the 1980s.

During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, he led six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy production, and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first Chairman of India's Telecom Commission. In these roles, he helped revolutionize India's development philosophies and policies with a focus on access to technology as the key to social change.He headed India's National Knowledge Commission during 2005-2009 to provide a blueprint of reform for the knowledge-related institutions and infrastructure for the 21st century in the country.

He is a Founding Chairman of five non-profit organizations, including the India Food Bank, the Global Knowledge Initiative, and the Institute of Transdisciplinary Health. He is also a founding Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union's m-Powering Development Board that looks to empower developing countries with the use of mobile technology.

Mr Pitroda is a serial entrepreneur, and started several companies in the United States. He holds around 20 honorary PhDs and nearly a hundred worldwide patents.He has published five books and numerous papers and lectured widely all over the world. He lives in Chicago with his wife.