OU to confer honorary doctorate on Shantanu Narayen

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen

Rama Krishna Sangem

106 year old Osmania University (OU) is all set to confer honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) on global business leader Shantanu Narayen in its 83rd convocation to be held  at Tagore Auditorium on the campus  in Hyderabad October 31, Tuesday, at 2.30 pm. Shantanu Narayen, chairman & CEO of Abode, a US based software giant, is also an alumni of OU.

Interestingly, Shantanu Narayen, 60, a Padma Shri awardee, is the third member of OU alumni, to be presented honourary doctorate from the varsity, a rare honour, since 1950. Before that, some old students of OU were conferred this honour due to their proximity to the varsity founder erstwhile Nizam. But after 1950, only two members of OU alumni, – former CM of Hyderabad state Burgula Ramakrishna Rao  and former VC Dr G Ram Reddy got this honor.

Telangana Governor and OU chancellor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan will be the chief guest at the convocation and VC Prof D Ravinder will lead and coordinate the event.  In all, 1,024 scholars from different  departments will get their  PhDs at the convocation. “We are proud to present honorary doctorate to Shantanu Narayen, a student of our engineering college and who went on to start  a global software giant in the US, said VC Prof Ravinder.

OU Registrar Prof P Lakshmi Narayana too expressed happiness over the varsity conferring honorary doctorate to Shantanu Narayen. “He is a globally recognized software industry leader and recipient of Government of India’s Padma Shree award. This doctorate will not just an honour to Narayen, but also an inspiration to many other students of our university and others,” Prof Lakshmi Narayana told “Excel India” on October 30, Monday.

While Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan will preside over the convocation, VC Prof Ravinder will present the university’s report on the occasion. Shantanu Narayen will deliver the convocation address which is expected to touch upon the current global IT, software and other trends. As many as 58 gold medals too will be presented to the students at the event, said Prof  A Patrick, OU spokesman.


Shantanu Narayen’s jouney

Shantanu Narayen is a prominent Indian-American business executive who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Adobe Inc., one of the world’s largest software companies. This article will explore his early life, education, professional life, personal life, and achievements.

Shantanu Narayen was born on May 27, 1963, in Hyderabad, India. He grew up in a family of educators and was raised in a multicultural environment. Narayen attended the Hyderabad Public School, one of India’s most prestigious schools, where he excelled in academics and sports.

Narayen moved to the United States to further his education. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Heartening to note his Mother taught American Literature as a Professor at Osmania University.

Narayen started his career at a Silicon Valley start-up called Measurex Automation Systems in 1986, Joined Apple Inc. in 1989 where he worked as a senior product manager. He then worked for Silicon Graphics for nearly a decade, rising to become the Vice President and General Manager of its Multimedia division. In 1998, he joined Adobe as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Research and later became the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Products.

In 2007, Narayen became Adobe’s CEO, succeeding Bruce Chizen. During his tenure, Adobe has become a leader in digital media and marketing software, with its Creative Cloud and Experience Cloud services being widely used by businesses and individuals around the world. Narayen has been instrumental in driving the company’s growth and innovation, overseeing the development and launch of new products and services.

Narayen has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and contributions to the technology industry. Narayen has also been an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He has emphasized the importance of building a culture that values diversity and encourages innovation, and has worked to attract and retain a diverse workforce at Adobe





Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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