Chennai: Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty enthralled students of Savitri Ammal Oriental Higher Secondary School with personal anecdotes on the value of honesty at the golden jubilee celebrations of the school on Monday, Nov 17. Murty told the students that they would have to learn to be forthright right from their schooldays. She narrated an incident that happened about 20 years ago when she went to buy postcards and stamps along with her son, who was then a little boy. The postmaster had, by mistake, returned change for Rs 100 when she had given only Rs 50.
Ms. Murty realised the mistake when she had reached home and asked her son to return the change immediately. "My son wanted to know why we should give the money back. I told him that taking something that did not belong to us was equal to theft," she said. She encouraged students to succeed in their chosen field by dint of hard work and integrity and not "through connections."
The school conferred the title of 'Dharma Chintamani' on Ms. Murty for her academic excellence, managerial skills and social service. She was felicitated by Daya Balu, grand daughter of K. Chandrasekharan, who was Secretary of the school during its formative years.