Vinod Gupta is a self-made millionaire from India who gives back to the people in his country. He attended the Indian Institutes of Technology where he studied agricultural engineering and then he went on to get his Master’s degree in business and agricultural engineering. In 1972, Vinod Gupta founded American Business Association which became a source for businesses that wanted to expand their reach.

The company had a value of $500 million just 20 years later. The company became known as InfoGroup and was worth $680 million in 2010. Vinod Gupta is very successful and chooses to give back to the community of his hometown. He has facilitated many educational advances by building schools in poor areas of India, and funding courses at the university he once attended. He created a $500,000 scholarship fund to aid students that wanted to study science and engineering programs.

Gupta considers himself very fortunate that he has the ability to help others who are less fortunate. In addition to funding his university, he donated $1 million to fund Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic. It is a women’s polytechnic school that helps women to earn postgraduate degrees within 24 months. Within the institution, women can study computer applications, information technology, web design, and textile design. Not only has Gupta provided education for these women but also transportation and materials to study.

He has provided buses as well as textbooks to ensure that the women can just focus on their studies and do not have to worry about anything else. Opening this institution, left a mark in history because women were not treated equally to men in India and this gave them a chance to show that they were special. This was a big step in allowing gender equality to take place. Gupta cites his physician father as the reason he holds education at such a high value and why he believes others should too.

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