Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has received the Indira Gandhi award from India. It is awarded as a recognition to eminent persons for their service in the areas of Peace, Disarmament and Development . Bill Gates who runs Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been actively involved in health and development projects in India.He has committed about $1 billion dollar in healthcare sector mainly to eradicate AIDS and polio. One of his AIDS prevention initiative targeted about 280,000 people from high risk categories.This was no easy job for his volunteers as Gates was quoted saying,”To make sure they don’t miss anybody, they also go to train stations, bus stations and ferry terminals to immunize children who are on the move,” . As a part of the prize , he was awarded 2.5 million rupees ($52,000) from the Indian government.Gates was also quoted saying that he was not a “24-hour-a-day tech person ” and “ I read a lot , some of that reading is not on a computer“.
According to Gates , not all tools of technology are useful and could be serious time wasters , if we are not careful .Gates has recently quit Facebook after he got overwhelmed by the number of friend requests that mounted to about 10,000 and he had a tough time to find out whether the person was familiar to him or some stranger . Gates who has stepped down as CEO of Microsoft feels that he would be able to spend 80% of his time in charity works and 20% for Microsoft.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: www.gatesfoundation.org