About Gururaj Deshpande

26 Aug

Dr. Gururaj Deshpande is the son of a labor commissioner in post-British India. He is married to Jaishree and they GururajDeshpandehave two sons.Gururaj Deshpande obtained B.Tech in Electrical Engineering in 1973 from IIT Madras. He completed M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Canada and a Ph.D. from the Queens University in Canada in Data Communications.

He worked on the architecture of Optical fiber network. He taught at Queens University in Kingston, Canada, served in Codex Corporation, a subsidiary of Motorola, and is the co-founder of Coral Network Corporation (1988).

He founded Sycamore Networks along with two other scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 with just three products and two customers. The company manufactures Fiber Optic Cables providing high bandwidth for the Internet. He is the co-founder and chairman of Sycamore Networks, Inc. Prior to co-founding Sycamore Networks, Dr. Deshpande was founder and chairman of Cascade Communications Corp. Dr. Deshpande serves as a member of the MIT Corporation, and his generous donations have made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. He serves as a member of the MIT Corporation developing the MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. The Center is involved in research and collaborates with entrepreneurs, MIT faculty, alumni and students, and new companies. Gururaj Deshpande has donated large sums to IIT Madras Alumni Association of North America for support to IIT Madras through The Deshpande Foundation.
Since 2000, Dr. Deshpande has been funding approximately one initiative a year and is actively involved in building these organizations. These initiatives include Tejas Networks, Airvana, A123 Systems and Sandstone Capital. He and his wife, Jaishree, are involved in several non-profit initiatives that include support for MIT, IIT, TiE, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Public Health Foundation of India and the Social Entrepreneurship Sandbox in India.



Leadership activty

26 Aug

As instruction given by Mr. Chinna Babu, Program Manager, Deshpande Fellowship Program, we the fellows of Cohort 3 has to conduct Individual leadership activity before August 15th. So, all the fellows were organized different leadership activities. I organized Independence Day program and conducted group activities for the HIV infected people in Jeevan Mukthi near Guru Datta bhavan.
To reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by the HIV infected people and make them to participate in social function
To reach the above mentioned objective I planned to conduct Independence Day celebration program for HIV infected. I approached Jeevan Mukthi, the network for People Living with HIV or AIDS and explained the intention behind conducting the program. They agreed to conduct the program but they do not have fund to conduct this program. I decided to find out sponsor for fund.

I went to KIMS hospital along with Mr. Panduranga, Cohort 3 fellow. First I approached the doctor, ART center, KIMS hospital, Hubli. He did not agree to provide the fund. Then I approached the Medical superintendent he also did not agree. Then I visited Principal’s chamber but he was not in the chamber. We waited for half an hour. As we were given permission only 3 hours to organize our program I did not had much time to wait for him. Then I decided that it was not possible to find the sponsor in a short period of time and decided to raise fund from the public.

First I approached a female student of KIMS campus. She wanted to give money but she did not have money with her. It encouraged me to raise fund from the public. I was able to collect 185 rupees. Because of shortage of time I went back to class. My estimated budget was 750 rupees. I thought it is impossible to collect the fund. Evening again I went with Mallamma. G and Amith for fund raising. I was able to raise 230 rupees. By that time I approached some shop owners to provide snacks to the participants. In one hotel the brother of hotel owner said to come morning. So, I went morning and approached him for snacks. He agreed to provide Idli for 30 participants.

On August 15th the program was started at 9.00am. Dr. Sajjan, Family welfare officer hosted the flag and gave the guest speech. He said that, “Now HIV is becoming common as other diseases like Swine flu has entered India”. He also said that “The person who is infected by H1N1 should wear the mask, not the other people.”

Then games like musical chair and pick and act was conducted to the participants. Participants were very happy that they forgot all the worries for a moment. Then Mr. Sudarshan, President of Jeevan mukhi gave vote of thanks to all the participants.

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21 Aug

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Career objectives

6 Aug

My career objective is to serve the weaker section of the society through my own organisation. My intention is to make the weaker  section strong by empowering them rather than making them dependent on the projects or government schemes.

Deshpande fellowship Program

5 Aug

Deshpande fellowship is a unique programme of social entrepreneurship where fellows are explored with classroom learning and as well as field level. It is the platform for the youth to bring about their talents and innovative ideas. Fellows will get the opportunity to share the experiences of successful entrepreneur as they give guest speech. We can say that it is the plat form for the innovative ideas and hard work.

Before fellowship I was…..

5 Aug

Hi friends…As I already said you that at present I am doing fellowship program at Hubli. Before joining to Deshpande foundation I had been working with HIV infected people for two years. At that time i used to concentrate only solving the problem of the people and helping them to build confidence. My job is to help the people to take proper decision. When I joined to Deshpande fellowship Program I realized that  I can do something to the people to overcome from their miseries. Social entrepreneurship concentrates on this.


5 Aug

Hi friends…I am sushmitha..I would like to introduce myself to you..By that you can know about me..I completed MSW in MangaloreUniversity. During my field work days I worked with Mentally challenged children, Mentally ill people who are suffering from psychotic and neurotic disorders and also in deaddiction center. Then I worked as a Psycho social counselor to the HIV infected people for 2 years. I like to Work for the people who are living with the problem. My father is the inspiration for me. He supports me in all my activities. Listening to music, reading books and knowing new things are my hobbies. Giving valuable service to the society is my ambition….With this dream I stepped into Deshpande fellowship Program to enrich my skills.