Hearing about the height of her student as the CEO of microblogging giant Twitter, the former teachers of Parag Agrawal said on Tuesday that he had everything to excel at, adding that focus and innovation struck him.
“He was a typical top material. He was extremely well organized and very well behaved. He had all the qualities in him to excel in academia at IIT-Bombay,” said Prof Supratim Biswas of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
“We get toppers from all over the country. But going to the top among all requires a special caliber, “said Biswas, noting that Agrawal, winner of a silver medal at the IIT, was awarded the Young Alumni Achiever Award in 2019.
Subhasis Chaudhuri, director of IIT Bombay, said that the significance of a university is often judged by the collective achievements of its alumni and the glory they bring to their alma mater.
“Parag Agrawal is such an alumnus that IIT Bombay is proud of. The education and atmosphere that IIT Bombay provided to Parag, not too long ago, helped bring the best in him. Build on that. hard work and dedication, Parag has reached the top, “he said.
Anand Kumar, the principal of Atomic Energy Junior College, Mumbai, where Agrawal conducted his classes XI and XII in 1999-2001, said he always focused on the IIT.
He had opted for science along with Vocational Education with electronics at the junior college. In the projects he undertook, Agrawal showed a lot of innovation, Kumar said.
“The findings (of the projects) may not have been classy, but they were certainly innovative. He was very concentrated and his answers were on point without any kind of deviation, “Kumar told PTI.
Agrawal (37) then fulfilled his dream by gaining access to IIT Bombay, which has alumni such as Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and late Goa Prime Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Son of an employee of the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Agarwal did his first education at Atomic Energy Central School no 4, Mumbai.
School principal Jitendra Kumar said Agrawal was an exceptionally good student. “We are proud of his achievement,” he added.
After completing B Tech, Agrawal received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2011. On the alumni page, Agrawal wrote about his special memories associated with IIT Bombay.
“Work with friends to build shared storage and streaming services across Hostel’s intranet and spend time at Vihar Lake behind Hostel 4 with close friends.”
He also wrote his mantra for success: The whole can be much larger than the sum of parts. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay congratulated him on his rise.
“Congratulations to our alumnus Dr. Parag Agrawal for being named the new CEO of Twitter. Dr. Agrawal received his B.Tech. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2005,” the institute tweeted.
Parag’s mother, born in Mumbai, is a retired schoolteacher. His father was employed in the nuclear energy sector and held high positions there. Parag moved to the United States in 2005. In 2011, he joined Twitter while still pursuing his PhD at Stanford University.
The outgoing CEO of Twitter, Dorsey, announced on Monday that Parag Agrawal will become the new CEO of the company, as he stepped down after 16 years at the company he co-founded and helmeted.