A timely article on CNN highlights the role the IITs have been playing cranking out top executives across a range of businesses that are all household names across the world. Some of the recognizable names that were listed included
- Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, who graduated from IIT Kharagpur
- NR Narayan Murthy (IIT Kanpur), Nandan Nilekani (IIT Bombay) and Kris Gopalakrishnan (IIT Madras) founders of Infosys, a global IT company employing over 190,000
- Nikesh Arora, from IIT BHU, most recently President and COO of Softbank and previously Chief Business Officer at Google
- Padmasree Warrior, CEO of electric car startup NextEV who was CTO at CISCO and Motorola before that was a graduate from IIT Delhi
- Vinod Khosla, also an IIT Delhi alum who founded Sun Microsystems and now runs his own venture fund, Khosla Ventures
- Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of Harman International, an audio and electronics manufacturer graduated from IIT Roorkee
- Founders of Indian Billion-dollar e-commerce company, Flipkart, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, both were from IIT Delhi
- Former CEO of Vodaphone, Arun Sarin is an IIT Kharagpur alum
- Founder of Juniper Networks, Pradeep Sindhu, graduated from IIT Kanpur
The IITs have gained a reputation as possibly the hardest school in the world to get into, with its highly competitive entrance exam that is taken by nearly 500,000 students with around 9600 selected.
The 2016 Leadership Conference is hosted by several of the IIT alumni from the region and have over a hundred speakers from a range of industries and academia sharing their vision for a better world.