IITs get thumbs up from Microsoft`s Steve Ballmer

Prestigious IITs on Thursday got a thumbs up from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who hailed contributions of the students of these institutes and wanted to see some of the "finest and brightest" Indian minds with him at his office.

Updated: May 26, 2011, 22:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Prestigious IITs on Thursday got a
thumbs up from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who hailed
contributions of the students of these institutes and wanted
to see some of the "finest and brightest" Indian minds with
him at his office.

Ballmer also hailed the research work being done by
the students and faculty and interacted with professors of the
institute.
On a visit to the IIT-Delhi campus, the Micrsoft CEO
closeted with faculty of the Computer Science Department of
the IIT and got to know from them the research works being
done on computers and other technologies.

"Before coming here I met with the faculty of the
Computer Science department. I got to know the kind of
research being done...I have been hearing about IIT for many
many years and we have a lot of IIT chaps at Microsoft," he
told 1,000-odd budding engineers.

The Microsoft CEO was all praise for the students of
the IIT, especially the one in Delhi, and said he wants to see
"some of the "finest and brightest minds" among the audience
to be with him.
In his 40-minute speech, Ballmer referred to the
faculty of the IIT-Delhi twice when he mentioned his
interaction with them and the research being done by the
students.

On the first day of his job at Microsoft, Ballmer was
asked to read some 70 letters written by a "crazy" IIT-Delhi
guy to Bill Gates on why he should be recruited by the
company.

"I read the letters...that was my first job at the
Microsoft...The letters were full of passion and the guy
talked about why should be at Microsoft. After reading that, I
decided he should be the guy whom I should recruit first," he
said.

PTI