Padma Shri Sudha Kulkarni Murthy is an Indian social worker and author. She is known for her philanthropic work through the Infosys Foundation. She has initiated a move to provide all government schools in Karnataka with computer and library facilities.
She also teaches computer science and writes fiction. Dollar Sose (Dollar daughter-in-law), a book originally she wrote in Kannada and later translated to English as Dollar Bahu was adopted as a television serial in 2001.
Murthy completed a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the B.V.B. College of Engineering & Technology, standing first in her class and receiving a gold medal from the Chief Minister of Karnataka
Mrs. Murthy had written a postcard to JRD Tata complaining of the gender bias in Tata Motors that had a men-only policy and got invited for a special interview by Tata Motors.
Subsequently, she became the first woman engineer to be selected in Telco (now Tata Motors), Pune.
In 2006, Murthy was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest-ranking civilian award from the Government of India,
Murthy’s social work covers the healthcare, education, empowerment of women, public hygiene, art and culture, and poverty alleviation at the grassroots level. Her vision of a library for each school has resulted in the setting up of 50,000 libraries so far.
She is helping out rural areas by building 10,000 public toilets and several hundred toilets in the city of Bangalore. Through the Infosys Foundation she has built 2,300 houses in the flood affected areas.
She has handled national natural disasters like tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andaman, earthquake in Kutch –Gujarat, hurricane and floods in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and drought in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
The Government of Karnataka awarded her the prestigious literary award, the ‘Attimabbe Award’ – for her literary work for the year 2011–12.
Mrs. Sudha Murthy is a Woman of Substance !