New York: Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sam Pitroda is reported to deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of 2012 at New York University's prestigious engineering and technology school this week where he will also be conferred with an honorary degree.
The Polytechnic Institute of New York University, also known as NYU-Poly, lauded "wireless pioneer" Pitroda's achievements in addressing the infrastructure and technology challenges in India, particularly his efforts in making telecom accessible to the country's 1.2 billion people.
Pitroda, who currently serves as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information and Infrastructure and Innovations and is the Chairman of the National Innovation Council, will address about 1000 undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty members at the commencement ceremony to be held at NYU-Poly's campus here on May 18.
 "The Polytechnic Institute of NYU is pleased to be welcoming Sam Pitroda, largely known as the 'father of telecommunications of India' as this year's honorary degree recipient and Commencement keynote speaker because of his lifelong accomplishments and achievements," NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin said in a statement on Tuesday.