Indore: A 15- minute late reaching by Infosys boss NR Narayana Murthy in a function at Pune turned out to be a boon for the city. Murthy is known for his punctuality and he never reached late at any programme.But on August 10, 2011, he reached 15 minutes late in a programme at Pune where he was the chief guest.
This surprised a software engineer of his own company who was present at the programme.This techie was none other than an Indorean.When the software engineer tried to find out the reason for his company boss’ delay in reaching at the programme, he came to know that Murthy went to see some locations in Pune to set up a new campus.
This information made the Indorean to think of his own city, Indore, and why not the company’s new campus at Indore.Later, he sent an e- mail to Murthy proposing him to set up the new campus at Indore.He also described the advantages and resources available at the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh.
The techie also mentioned in his e- mail that Indore is the only city in the country which has an IIT and IIM. Besides, the city has the maximum number of engineering colleges in Madhya Pradesh. He also told his boss to help the company officials in locating a suitable land for the campus.
The e- mail made Murthy to think of Indore and asked his officials to consider the suggestion of the software engineer and visit Indore.
One of the then vice presidents of the company Chandraketu and a team of officials along with the techie visited Indore on January 31, 2012 to assess the possibilities to set up a new campus.
The software engineer introduced Chandraketu to the PA of the then IT minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and later met the minister.Vijayvargiya welcomed them and asked them to meet the then CEO of IDA Chandra Mouli Shukla.
Shukla showed lands near the bypass, Dewas Naka and Khandwa Road. While going to the airport, Shukla told the company officials that the IDA can also provide land at Super Corridor and suggested them to see the same.
After visiting the land, Chandraketu liked this location and informed his boss Murthy. It is at the same land where Murthy along with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, UAD minister Kailash Vijayvargiya laid foundation stone few days ago. The software engineer never wants to come in limelight and wants to take the credit of Infosys landing in Indore. This correspondent came to know about the man behind Infosys’ arrival in city from a reliable source.
If the Indorean would not have sent the e- mail suggesting Murthy to think of Indore, perhaps the IT giant would have set up its new campus at Pune. It is the techie’s love for the city that brought Infosys to Indore.