Kharagpur to Mount View – A Wonderful Inspirational Journey

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Kousik Das, E-MBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


This is all about a boy who started his journey from Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School to Mount View via Kharagpur. I am talking about P. Sundararajan (as registered in IIT KGP), new CEO of Google Inc.

Sanath kumar Ray who taught Sundar says ‘In my 45-year-old career as a professor at IIT Kharagpur, I have seen many students who went on to become big names globally but Sundar is special.’

Forty three-year-old Pichai, who was born and brought up in Chennai, graduated from IIT-Kharagpur. He went on to do a masters from Stanford University and an MBA from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Raving about the success of its alumni, director of IIT-Kharagpur PP Chakrabarti recalled that Pichai was a bright student and was awarded the BC Roy Silver Medal for his achievements. He said “We are extremely happy for him. As a former student of this institute, he has made all of us very proud. Pichai is an inspiration for our students and we hope he achieves greater heights.”

According to his peers and co-workers, Sundar has some unique combination of qualities which paved the way for this meteoric rise. He is soft spoken nice guy but does not hesitate to take tough challenges like leading the team for toolbar and chrome.

Here are some little known facts you may not know about him.

Born in Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, in 1972, Sundar’s full name is Pichai Sundararajan. Though he had a modest upbringing, he’s now worth a reported $150 million.

He has insane numerical recall and can remember every number he’s ever dialled.

His father, an electrical engineer, had to save for three years to buy the family a new scooter, but made sure Pichai and his brother had the best education the family could afford.

When Sundar won a scholarship to Stanford, his father withdrew more than his annual salary from the family’s savings to fly him to the United States.

At Wharton, Pichai was honoured as a Siebel Scholar and a Palmer Scholar.

“Android One,” Pichai’s pet project designed to provide affordable smartphones in all households worldwide, launched in India in September 2014.

He is a down-to-earth and unassuming person. Students at IIT-Kharagpur interact with him over Skype at regular intervals.

Besides being a soccer and chess lover, he is a big cricket fan. While in school, he was the captain of the cricket team too.

At Google, he is one of the most popular bosses. He is good at maintaining relationships and managing employees.

Though he is just appointed CEO of Google, Pichai has effectively been responsible for day-to-day operations at Google since October 2014.

His colleagues tell Bloomberg that Pichai tends to walk it out when he’s deep in thought. It’s not unusual for him to wander away in the middle of a meeting, only to return with the solution to whatever problem is being discussed.

With this reorganization of Google/Alphabet Inc., Pichai will control: search, ads, maps, the Google Play Store, YouTube, and Android.


Murugavel Selvan, a schoolmate of Pichai has appropriately said “What Pichai’s success has shown is that whatever the pedigree or background one comes from, success is guaranteed if one works diligently towards a goal.”

Indian Institute of Techonology-Kharagpur has already started a Facebook event page to congratulate its alumnus.

Lets congratulate our distinguish alumni once again and wish him all the best for his new responsibilities.





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