IT czar Narayana Murthy on Thursday made controversial remarks saying not a single invention or earth-shaking idea had come from India in the last 60 years, leading social media users across the country to express their strong disapproval.
While delivering the speech at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Murthy asked, “Is there one invention from India that has become a household name in the globe? Is there one idea that has led to an earth-shaking invention to delight global citizens? Folks, the reality is there is no such contribution from India in the last 60 years.”
At the convocation ceremony, Murthy also lamented on India’s slow progress in the technology and IT fields as compared to other foreign institutes.
“The only two ideas that have transformed the productivity of global corporations – the global delivery model and the 24-hour workday – came from a company called Infosys,” he added.
Stressing on the fact that scientific research has not received much attention as it did during the time of Jawarharlal Nehru, he said, “India has been unable to gift the world a single innovation in the last sixty years. We have to recreate the magic of the sixties.”
“Nehru’s exhortation to Indian researchers in the US to come back to India in 1962 had resulted in the green revolution, white revolution, advances in atomic energy and the space programme,” he expressed.
While pointing towards the problem of India, Murthy said, “The problems in the country are immense like from poverty to illiteracy, from polluted rivers to a crumbling healthcare system-and yet, students leave IISC without having an impact work in research. Moreover, what is worse is that there is not much scope for the students to accomplish when they go into the real world here in India.”
Many researchers at the convocation agreed with Murthy. Among them, Vijay Kumar Sutrakar, a DRDO scientist said, “IISc lacks instrumentation and testing facilities for advanced research. We have to synchronize our syllabus with next-generation aircraft.”
Murthy made his comment on IISC while drawing a comparison with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of United States about which he claimed, “At least 100 major inventions over the past half century have ‘changed’ the world.”