Sundar Pichai Success Story

Sundar Pichai Shares his experience:

Google surprised the world by announcing the appointment of a new CEO on 10 August, 2015. It became a proud moment for the Indian Community to see an Indian-born make it to the list of the CEO’s in the Tech. Industry. Sundar Pichai, a name now well-known across the globe has had his share of struggle before making it to the top.

That is because, he wasn't born 'Sundar Pichai'. They know him as P Sundarajane.  A modest, humble, quiet, self-effacing, soft-spoken but well-mannered and high intellectual student from Chennai who joined the metallurgical department at IIT Kharagpur in 1989.

The professors feel proud that the boy from Nehru Hall, Pichai's hostel in IIT Kharagpur, has come such a long way and today heads some of Google's biggest products, including Chrome and Android. 

The Nehru Hall of Residence at IIT Kharagpur has more than its fair share of super-achievers today, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Magsaysay award winner social entrepreneur Harish Hande and the new Google CEO – Sundar Pichai. In 1989, when Pichai entered IIT KGP, ragging was still in vogue.

Sundar or ‘Sundi’ (as he was known in IIT) had a reputation for going all-out and perform the ‘absurdities’ commanded by his seniors without any hesitation. He would jump on a table and make a spectacle of himself, or lean out of the balcony to abuse an unsuspecting passer-by at the bid of his ‘seniors’. Soon, he had built strong bonds with the ‘seniors’. Obviously, Sundar’s skills of turning the tides into his favour have worked out well for him in his career.

One of Pichai’s classmates shared that during the end of his stay at IIT, he and Sundi had explored the campus along with a group of first-year students. He reminesces that the rain day has gone down as ‘special’ in his memory lane, especially when he see how similar Sundar Pichai looks todays to the photos he had clicked that day.

Pichai passed out of IIT Kharagpur in 1993, topping not only his metallurgical batch but also winning the Institute Silver Medal for excellence in academics. It was the flexibility of the IIT system that allowed him to pursue his interest in electronics while being a student of metallurgy. 

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