The Legacy of Vinod Gupta: IIT beyond Technology

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Vinod Gupta is a name, known to most people related to IIT Kharagpur, as a philanthropist. Despite a modest background from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, not only he reached the pinnacle of success but gave the IIT education a new direction defining the path of success for others. He is the pioneer of the management and law education in the IIT system. 

 

Vinod graduated with B.Tech. in Agriculture and Food Engineering in 1967 and shifted base to USA like many IITians in those days. A career spanning over 50 years, Vinod served as the CEO of infoGroup till 2008 and two companies, DatabaseUSA.com in 2010 and in 2011 the latter provides Business and Consumer leads. He was served as a trustee of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Gupta was also the US consul general to Bermuda and was nominated as the US ambassador to Fiji. He decided to give his wealth to charity. It took him only a few years to make his first contributi