Vineet Nayar was recently chosen for the Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to the Indian IT industry specifically in organizing and building the Indian software industry. Nayar has now shifted his focus from the IT industry and paying full attention to the education of rural kids through his NGO – Sampark Foundation.
Daan Utsav or what literally means the festival of giving is celebrated every year from October 2 to October 8th in India. CNBC-TV18 partnered with Teach For India and Sampark Foundation's Vineet Nayar, who is also the former chief executive officer of HCL Technologies. Nayar got candid with a bunch of 8 year olds on leadership and life.
He was looking for that one thing that makes a person stand out from the crowd, unafraid and willing to risk a lot for that idea she/he believes in.
Number of candidates: 10
How he picked them
The walls of Vineet Nayar’s Sampark Foundation office are covered with framed media clippings of his corporate achievements, but the former chief executive officer of HCL Technologies Ltd wants to talk only about education, a cause to which his organization is devoted. Like the clippings, his corporate life is a thing of the past, said Nayar, who has committed Rs.650 crore to philanthropy.
Former HCL Technologies head, Vineet Nayar spends his spare time guiding around 18 startups, having no mentorship himself.