indica News Bureau –
IIT Kharagpur alumnus Arjun Malhotra has been conferred with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Dataquest Digital Leadership Conclave 2018 for his outstanding contribution to the technology industry over the past three decades.
Malhotra, who graduated from the Department of Electronics & Electrical Communications Engineering at IIT Kharagpur with B Tech (Hons) in 1970, is considered to be one of the pioneers and has helped build the Indian IT Industry with his techno-entrepreneurial zeal.
Presently, he serves as the Chairman and board member for Magic Software Inc – a global provider of innovative end-to-end business integration and application development solutions.
He played a pivotal role in co-founding HCL and was the first leading Indian entrepreneur to relocate to the USA. He took over HCL’s US operation in 1989 and grew it to the US $100 million annually.
Over the years, he has partnered with several global majors like Hewlett-Packard and Dr. James Martin and launched joint ventures to create new products and solutions addressing markets untapped before.
“To become a true leader, you must never be shy of venturing into the unknown and let your confidence and the team back you up to achieve the impossible,” says Malhotra, who is passionate about building the next generation leaders to help deliver innovation by leveraging technology.
He founded the Prof G S Sanyal School of Telecommunications at IIT (KGP) through a personal endorsement and serves as a Chairman of the Board of Vision 2020, an IIT Alumni lead initiative to help IIT raise endowment funds.
He has also supported the launch of new age technologies with recent ventures like Magic Finserv and Magic BlockchainQA.
Malhotra went to The Doon School, Dehradun and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1985.
With this award, Malhotra joins the ranks of R Narasimhan, known as the father of computer science research in India, F C Kohli, referred as the father of the Indian software industry, Dr. N Seshagiri, Founding Director General, National Informatics center and many more.
The Dataquest Digital Leadership Conclave 2018 saw who is who in the Enterprise IT and the information and communication technology industry, as they walked the audience through a range of technology forces reshaping the enterprise IT organizations.
Early next year, Malhotra will be chairing the PanIIT Conclave 2019, which will be hosted by IIT alumni.
The two-day conclave beginning January 19, will focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), its growth and related policies directed at making India a powerhouse of AI in the world in presence of renowned leaders and tech experts.
“Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are going to transform the social, economic and political life of all nations and societies, and like other transformative technologies of the past, they will change the world, but even more enable and help India to make great progress in agricultural, education, defense, and healthcare sectors,” Malhotra, Chairman for the Conclave 2019, said.