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Gururaj Deshpande: Indian American who built 6000 ponds to help farmers in 5 years

Today while surfing on Linkedin, I saw a post, which was about a Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande. This post was written about how his organization Deshpande Foundation has built more than 6000 ponds in the last 5 years.

He also announced that he is working on a program to build 1 lakh such ponds in the next phase. The aim of this project of about 800 crores will be to help farmers and increase their income.

But my first question was who is this Gururaj Deshpande?

Gururaj Deshpande, popularly known as Deshpande, is an Indian-American businessman and venture capitalist. He opened this company in Massachusetts, USA, under the name of Sycamore Networks. The work of this famous company manufactures equipment connected to the Internet. In addition, he also runs a program called Deshpande Center for Tech Innovation at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the world’s most prestigious tech institute.

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Where did you study

Gururaj Deshpande was born in Hubli, Karnataka, in the home of the father of the Labor Commissioner in the Indian government. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras. He then moved to Canada for a master’s degree. He also did his PhD here.

America settled

Gururaj Desh DeshpandeIIT Madras

In the 80s, Deshpande started working at Codex Corporation. This company was part of Motorola. He got this job in Canada through his Professor Beyonder Bracket. After that he established the coral network, this company works to make the router. By 1998, he started Sycamore Networks in collaboration with MIT researchers.

Within a year, he came in the list of ‘self-made’ businessmen of the world. That same year, Forbes magazine included him in the list of America’s 400 richest people.

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Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

Who is Gururaj Desh DeshpandeDeshpande Foundation

Deshpande and his wife Jayashree (sister of social worker Sudha Murthy) started the Deshpande Center at a cost of $ 20 million by MIT. Along with this, he started Deshpande institution and started the socio-economic eradication program with the help of technology.

He also established the Deshpande Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT Madras. The aim of which is to provide solutions to social problems using technology and innovation. The idea of ​​constructing 1 lakh ponds for the farmers of the country has also emerged from this center.

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Hopefully, they will use technology better for society in the future.


Mirza Shehnaz
Shehnaz Ali Siddiqui is a Corporate Communications Expert by profession and writer by Passion. She has experience of many years in the same. Her educational background in Mass communication has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics. She enjoys writing around Public relations, Corporate communications, travel, entrepreneurship, insurance, and finance among others.


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