Friday, January 31, 2014

Kris Gopalakrishnan's trust donates Rs. 2.25 billion for brain research

Pratiksha Trust, a charitable trust founded by Infosys Executive Vice Chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan, has donated Rs. 2.25 billion to set up a brain research centre in Bangalore in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

Called the Centre for Brain Research, the institute will receive support from the Centre for Neuroscience and other research facilities at IISc, and will focus on finding cures for brain diseases that are accelerated by old age.

Gopalakrishnan, who along with his wife Sudha Gopalakrishnan own the fund, said they will work towards creating a "globally recognized, world-class research facility that will be at the cutting-edge of research on the human brain".

An IT industry veteran, Gopalakrishnan, 58, is one of the co-founders of Infosys, India's second largest software services company. He is the President at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) since 2013, and served as the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Infosys between 2007 and 2011.

The trust will also fund the setting up of three professorships each in the Departments of Computer Science at IISc and at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) to ensure alliance between medical research and computing.

An international scientific advisory board has been set up to initiate the operations of the centre. Columbia University Professor Stanley Fahn; Sangram Sisodia, of University of Chicago; John Morris of Washington University, St. Louis; and Giovanni Frisoni of University of Geneva are among the members of the Scientific Advisory Board, which will be chaired by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Torsten Wiesel.

Source: The Economic Times (Online Edition), January 31, 2014

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