N. Rama Rao Chair

Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy (MT/EE/1969) is one of the most eminent alumni of IITK. He is the Co-founder and was the Chairman of Infosys before retiring as Chairman Emeritus in 2011. Mr. Murthy began his career as Chief Systems Programmer IIM Ahemdabad and Patni Computer Systems in Pune. He started Infosys in 1981. Murthy has been listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine. He has been described as the "father of the Indian IT sector" by Time magazine due to his contribution to outsourcing in India. Mr. Murthy has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards.
In the year 1998, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering decided to set-up the N. Rama Rao Chair, with the generous donation from Mr. Narayan Murthy, son of Mr. N. Rama Rao. The Chair is open to the Department of Computer Science & Engineering for a period of five years.

Current Occupant

Prof. Nitin Saxena

May 2019 - August 2024

Prof. Nitin Saxena (BT/PhD/CSE/2002/2007), Department of Computer Science and Engineering, works in the area of Complexity Theory. He gained international attention for his work on AKS Primality Test in 2002. His research work became part of his undergraduate study. Prof. Saxena is the recipient of many national and international awards - Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2018), Young Faculty research Fellowship (2018), DST Swarna Jayanti Fellowship (2013-2014), INSA Young Scientist Medal (2015), Godel Prize (2006), Fulkerson Prize (2006) to name a few.