Expanding Project Hope

A proud day for all of us at the Sitare Foundation, we have started expanding Project Hope to new cities. Today, hundreds of children took the foundation aptitude test in the beautiful city of Indore. In addition to Jodhpur in Rajasthan, we will expand the program to Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, and Jaipur in Rajasthan this year.

Feb 2016

As of Feb. 26, 2016, I have retired from Google. It has been an incredible journey, and I am starting the next phase of my journey focused on giving back through the Sitare Foundation. Here is the letter I wrote  announcing this change.


  • I am honored to be elected as one of the members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). As an engineer and a scientist, I have always looked up to the distinguished members of NAE. Many of them have inspired me throughout my career. It is humbling to join this group of iconic engineers. Read the Google blog-post about this.
  • I am also humbled and honored to be elected an ACM Fellow. This award is really close to my heart. As a computer scientist and a search academic, I have always looked up to the people who have been elected ACM fellows. The ACM fellows have dedicated their lives to advancement of computing, including my mentor, my advisor, the late Gerard Salton, who was elected an ACM Fellow in 1995.
  • Last year I was also awarded The Asian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology. Here is a video clip from that wonderful ceremony. And the organizers got the pictures from the ceremony broadcasted on Times Square.

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