According to figures provided by the school, CMU has over 1,000 students directly from India, which comprises about 10% of the school’s entire student body. India is also the country with the second-highest concentration of alumni from CMU, and as an increasing number of US universities forge ties with India, CMU has gotten a valuable jump-start from Gopalakrishnan.
A co-founder of the Indian IT giant, Gopalakrishnan is currently a Vice-Chairman of the Board for Infosys, and is also the 2013-2014 President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is an alumnus of IIT Madras, having earned his M.Sc. and M.Tech in Physics and Computer Science, respectively.
“Carnegie Mellon University is a world-renowned leader in many areas of research and education. I am very pleased to support President Subra Suresh’s strategic vision for the collaboration between CMU and IISc through this gift so that we can address one of the grand challenges of our times by understanding the human brain,” Gopalakrishnan said.