Infosys cofounder S Gopalakrishnan launches app 'itihaasa' featuring 44 technology stalwarts

New Delhi: Infosys cofounder S Gopalakrishnan today launched a new app 'itihaasa' that chronicles the "fascinating journey" of the Indian IT industry since the 1950s.

"I have been a part of the industry for over 37 years and have seen the industry grow, prosper and become an important part of the economy. I am fortunate to have been a part of this fascinating journey. With itihaasa, we hope to reach the incredible story of Indian IT to many more people across the world," said Gopalakrishnan.

Infosys cofounder S Gopalkrishnan

Infosys cofounder S Gopalkrishnan

He added that 'itihaasa' is one of the largest chronicles of its kind with 600 videos featuring 44 technology stalwarts.

"Users can hear veterans like F C Kohli, Prof Rajaraman, Prof Mahabala, Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji, S Ramadorai, Nandan Nilekani, N Vittal and others as they trace the incredible journey of the Indian IT sector," he said.

The app follows the installation of the country's first modern computer in 1955 to crystal gazing on Indian IT in 2040, he added.

The app, which took about eight months to develop, will be maintained by a team sitting at IIIT-Bengaluru. The app contains 600 short videos, over 37 hours of footage, 350 archived photographs and articles and easy browsing with 12,000 tags.

"Users can personalise stories on six dimensions - Time, People, Organisation, Policy, Technical Terms and Place," he said.

Using the app, they can find answers to questions like when was programming first taught in India or who were the earliest IT entrepreneurs. Conceptualised by Kris, as Gopalakrishnan is popularly known, the app will be available for free on Apple and Android phones or tablets.

"The history of Indian IT is an ongoing research and will be updated periodically. The platform will explore and publish historical research on other topics in the future," he said.

In early 2015, Gopalakrishnan had infused $50 million of his personal wealth (about $1.8 billion according to the Forbes 2015 list) on research that aims to create the next computing revolution — computers modeled on brain functioning. Now, Gopalakrishnan is setting aside more of his personal wealth on this ambitious new project, an ET report said.

In 2014, Pratiksha Trust, established by him and his wife Sudha, committed Rs 225 crore over 10 years to setting up of a centre for brain research at the Indian Institute of Science, Business Standard reported.

Recently, Gopalakrishnan donated Rs 6 crore to the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine for research on mental diseases and blood disorders, the BS report said.

With regards to spending for keeping the application running, Kris said the details are yet to be worked out because you have to set up a corpus which will require some substantial money.

"I have not decided how much it will be, because per year if you have to keep this running with 3-4 people, we'll probably be spending Rs 1 crore," ET said in a report quoting Gopalkrishnan.

With agency inputs

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Updated Date: Apr 18, 2016 10:27:46 IST

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