Manipal University Alumnus Satya Nadella elected Microsoft CEO

Microsoft elects Manipal Academy of Higher Education alumnus Satya Nadella as its CEO.

July 03, 2014

Manipal University rejoices as Nadella takes over the mantle of Microsoft leadership

Manipal Academy of Higher Education had every reason to bask in the glory of a historic Tuesday, as Microsoft broke the news of Satya Nadella taking over as the company’s next Chief on 4 February, 2014.

“Yes, it is a great day for Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Every single student, past and present will cherish this glorious moment. Satya’s great achievement has done Manipal Institute of Technology and Manipal Academy of Higher Education proud,” said Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai.

Dr Pai added, “There are several others of Manipal Institute of Technology who have made it big globally. Some are: Anant J Talaulicar, Mechanical 1984, Executive Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Cummins India Ltd; Rajeev Suri, E and C 1989, CEO of Nokia Solutions and Network; PV Shridhar 79 E&C, Director at Apple and Glenville Da Silva, 1979 Chemical, Vice President of Business Development Asia, at Volvo Construction Equipment. They have earned laurels for their alma mater. Satya, Microsoft’s cloud computing boss has every single person even remotely connected with Manipal rejoicing at the elevation”.

“This is the biggest event for Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Over the last three months, when his name was shortlisted for the job, we have been hoping and praying that Satya would get the job. Today is a red letter day in the history of Manipal Academy of Higher Education,” the Chancellor said.

Reacting to the news, the Director of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal, Dr Vinod V Thomas said, “It is a great moment which makes every MITian proud – We are extremely delighted to hear the news that our distinguished alumnus Mr. Satya Nadella, BE (Electronics & Communication) 1988 batch, is elevated as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft Corporation, to lead a USD 80 billion company with over 1,00,000 employees.”

As his teacher, Dr Vinod recollects Satya Nadella as a sincere student who earned his degree in first class with distinction. He is confident that Nadella’s achievement will motivate present students for setting higher goals in their professional career.

Dr Harishchandra Hebbar, Director, School of Information Sciences, and teacher of Digital Electronics to Satya said, “As a student, he had a keen eye for details. He would always want to know the how and why of everything that was being taught in the class. He would never take the next step without fully knowing the step he has already taken”.

After completing his BE at MIT, he went to the US and completed his Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

An alumnus, Narasimha Bhat had this to say: “Satya is making the whole world know that an institute called MIT exists in Manipal. Although the world knows about the institute, Satya’s appointment as the CEO of Microsoft brings it more into the world focus. He holds high the beacon of Manipal, and the vision of the Founder, Dr TMA. Pai. I hope and pray this milestone moment for Satya and Microsoft will be a milestone moment for Manipal and MIT too”.

Pallavi Reddy, a student of MIT, who got a job with Microsoft after interning at the IT company, had this to say: “As a student ready to embark on the journey to the corporate world, having an alumnus of MIT as the CEO of one of the IT giants, definitely boosts our motivation to aspire beyond and target higher levels of success”.