Guru of India’s IT revolution and his plans to make India’s millions visible

08 October 2013


Nandan Nilekani, often referred to as one of the Gurus of India’s Information Technology Revolution, is visiting Melbourne at the invitation of the Australia India Institute to discuss the IT revolution and his role as Chair of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Nilekani co-founded Infosys Technologies Limited, one of the first start-up companies to exploit the advantages in the new global software services market, in 1981.

Today, Infosys is a multinational, multi-billion dollar provider of information technology services, and one of the driving forces behind India’s IT industry.

In 2006, Nilekani was listed amongst the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine, and in his current role as UIDAI Chairman he aims to give every Indian a unique 12-digit identification number.

By providing millions of Indians with an identity number, Nilekani hopes this will include them in the formal economy and give them access to basic services such as government services, bank accounts, and mobile phones.

Nilekani will deliver the Australia India Institute’s Annual Oration at the University of Melbourne on October 15 on “India’s Transformation: The Role of Information Technology” which will be followed by a Q&A.

Media is invited to attend, however registrations are essential via

Mr Nilekani will not be available for private interviews during his visit. General enquiries phone (03) 90358681, 0438545294

Oration and ticket information here.