In the 1980s, Sam Pitroda used telecom to bring together India, its people and the world. Today, he has returned, and is using the internet to continue his mission of connectivity.
Sam admits that he regrets not foreseeing the internet’s full potential in the beginning. Now however, he is adamant that information technology can be instrumental to modernization and social development.
His state-of-the-art public information infrastructure and a culture of innovation. The goal of The National Knowledge Network is to connect all knowledge and research institutions. The National Knowledge Network will have a profound impact on education, health care systems, judiciary and local governments. All of this helps India prepare to succeed as a new information economy develops.
Sam Pitroda has a reputation for “disruptive innovation”, and many believe that he has both the vision and the ability to achieve it. Others are less certain that he can deliver. Supporters and skeptics alike will have to wait to see what comes next from Sam Pitroda.