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Bill Gates meets Indian biz heads

Last Updated: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 22:38

Bangalore: Microsoft founder Bill Gates Friday held talks about philanthropy and its impact on society with some of India's top businessmen here.

Gates shared his thoughts on philanthropy with industry stalwarts like Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, Infosys Chairman Emeritus Narayana Murthy, Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata and Biocon Chairman and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw among others, industry sources said.

The meet tried to evolve a framework to set up a foundation in India under which many Indian companies will work together for the betterment of the humanity and society, the sources said.

Azim Premji Foundation, which played the key role in hosting the meet here, said a number of business leaders and philanthropists met to discuss a range of issues related to philanthropy.

The group expressed belief that philanthropy and social service were integral to the development of any society.

The meeting was focused on sharing ideas on philanthropy and not about any pledges, the Foundation said in a statement.

It discussed social work in areas like education, health, water and agriculture.

Noting that India has its own significant tradition of philanthropy and social service, the group reaffirmed the view that there was vibrant thinking and action on philanthropy in the country, it said.


First Published: Friday, June 1, 2012 - 20:56
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