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Pichai a brilliant student who never showed off: IIT professor

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 Aug 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, August 11 : Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of the core business of Google, was a shy but brilliant student who never showed off his knowledge unnecessarily, recalls his teacher at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
The Cheni-born Pichai, then known by his full me Pichai Sundararajan, cleared the IIT entrance test in 1989 and enrolled for a four-year undergraduate course in metallurgical and materials engineering. “He passed out in 1993 with a B.Tech (honours) degree. Being the topper, he was awarded the Bidhan Chandra Roy Memorial silver medal,” Sat Kumar Roy, professor in the institute’s metallurgical and materials engineering department, told IANS over phone. Roy, who taught metallurgical thermodymics to Pichai, said he showed a keen interest in electronics material and did his fil year thesis on the subject. He was shy, calm and quiet, and “very, very brilliant”. “Such was his brilliance, that it was very much evident that he wanted to do something different. His interest in material sciences was visible from the second year itself. He alone opted for electronic material in his batch,” recalled Roy, himself an IIT alumnus. Pichai, who came from an ordiry middle class family was “unquestiobly intelligent”. In August, 1993, Pichai left for US, where he joined Stanford University and completed an MS course in material sciences and engineering and an AMBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was adjudged a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar. Last year, Pichai was invited as the chief guest in the annual fest of the institute. “But he could not come. And instead interacted with the students through a video conference,” said Roy. (IANS)

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