Given away by Dr C Rangarajan, Hon’ble Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister on this 18th day of March 2010, at New Delhi
For someone who realises that the key to a digitally inclusive society lies not just in increasing the number of people who have access to computers but in improving overall literacy and employability, Mr Ravi Venkatsen has come a long way. For him, technology is not the divider instead it is the bridge that ensures inclusive growth. And it is this passion that has seen him push for IT education, both as a subject of study and as the key facilitator in providing affordable access to education and skills. As one of the key enablers in Microsoft’s project, Unlimited Potential, he has done his utmost to take IT from the boardrooms to the street. Project Bhasha and Project Shiksha are only just two of the projects that he and his team in Microsoft India are executing for accelerating IT literacy. ‘Inspired by India’, Mr Venkatesan therefore ‘innovates for India’, certain that as more people move up the economic ladder, such growth would be good for the overall socio-economic development of India.