Sonia ‘bunks’ political classes to visit Infosys

By : |September 14, 2009 0

MYSORE, INDIA: Overwhelmed by the ambiance of the Mysore campus of Indian IT giant Infosys, UPA Chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the visit gave her an opportunity to “bunk political classes” for a little while.

"And another reason for me to be here is that this visit is giving me the opportunity to bunk my school – politics – for a few hours. After I have done the tour of this campus, I wish I could bunk politics for a few days and be here with you all," she repeated at the inauguration of the second Global Education Center of Infosys in Mysore.

Lauding Infosys’ contribution of the industry and developing the training facility, she said the institution is nothing short of a university created by a corporate.

The UPA Chairperson also said that the union government has played an important role in creating the platform for the development in the country. “Infosys did not just reach here by accident but with the help of dedication, determination, willingness to sacrifice, talent and also the government has facilitated an environment for these developments,” she said.

Sonia said the onus of establishing the IT infrastructure in the country dates back to 1985, when the first satellite earth station for information facility was established with the help of Texas Instrument.

She added, "This step has given Infosys, Wipro and TCS the platform to propel economy to ground-breaking growth and change the lives of a million people."

Citing examples of the initiatives taken by Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi, she said, “Who would imagine India becoming second largest telecom provider in the world? It was the vision of a young Prime Minister (Rajiv Gandhi) to understand the importance communication in the country and ensure public booth in every place.”

She added that Rajiv Gandhi had led the groundwork of what would become the revolution for information technology at the time when India was not cabled and wired. Apart from this, he also had to face the opposition from the political establishments in the country.

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