Inside IIT Madras: Ace startup mentor Ashok Jhunjhunwala to retire next year, says work still unfini
Ace startup mentor and IIT Madras Research Park president Ashok Jhunjhunwala has often recounted how, after returning to India following a brief stint in the US in the early 1980s, he faced problems getting a gas connection and a telephone line.
Such was the waiting period that he was told he may never get a gas connection. So much so that one of his most treasured wedding gifts has been a gas cylinder. It took him almost eight years to get a telephone line.
Nothing was easily available, the 70-year-old once said, adding that production fell short of demand because there was practically no technology development.