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Infosys chief conferred Indo-French Forum medal
October 14, 2003 02:06 IST
Last Updated: October 14, 2003 08:37 IST
Infosys Chairman N R Narayana Murthy was on Monday conferred the first Indo-French Forum medal in recognition of his contribution to information technology and development of Indo-French relations.
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin presented the medal to Narayana Murthy at a ceremony held at his official residence in Paris to coincide with the ninth meeting of the Indo-French Forum.
In his address, the French premier described the honour as an "embodiment of India's capacity to take up the challenges of the 21st century", an Indian embassy release said.
Raffarin also recalled his own visit to India earlier this year and noted that Narayana Murthy, who began his career in France, was a symbol of formidable economic, technological and human resource development in India.
In his acceptance speech delivered in French, Narayana Murthy thanked the premier for the honour.
The practice of conferring a medal was initiated last year at the eighth meeting of the Indo-French Forum held at Neemrana, Rajasthan, last year.