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Infosys Technologies chairman NR Narayana Murthy has said India need not be apologetic about outsourcing, as Indian IT companies add significant value to US corporations and have made them more efficient.
After announcing the Infosys Prize winners for 2010, Murthy said, "I think we add sufficient value to the corporations in the US, so therefore there is no need for us to be apologetic, or to be shy. I think we add value, there is no doubt at all, otherwise obviously we will not have any play in that market." Murthy was responding to a question on the relevance of US President Barack Obama's visit to India next month, and the recent anti-outsourcing wave in that country.
Murthy said the focus should equally be on ensuring that children in India take up science and technology in a big way, and encourage research. "Scientific research is the key to sustaining India's growth and it is critical for India to ensure that research remains an attractive profession for the nation's finest minds," he said. The Infosys Prize carries the biggest cash award for a scientific achievement in India, with a prize money of Rs 50 lakh. This time, the Infosys Science Foundation picked six winners for the prize across five categories. Sandip Trivedi, a professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, received the Physics Sciences award for his work in theoretical physics, particularly his innovations in the Superstring theory. The Mathematics award was bagged by Chandrashekar Khare, professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, for his contributions to the Number Theory. Chetan E Chitnis, a scientist with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Delhi, won the Life Science award for his work. The award for Social Sciences will be shared by Amita Baviskar, Associate professor of Sociology at The Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi and Nandini Sundar, chairperson of the Sociology department at the Delhi School of Economics.
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