Sam Pitroda, one of the strong contender for India’s next president hails from Titlagarh, Odisha. He is an innovator, entrepreneur and policymaker. Currently Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations. He is also widely considered to have been responsible for India’s communications revolution. He has served as Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission (2005–2008), a high-level advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, set up to give policy recommendations for improving knowledge related institutions and infrastructure in the country. During his term, the National Knowledge Commission submitted around 300 recommendations on 27 focus areas covering a range of aspects of the knowledge paradigm. Mr Sam Pitroda holds around 100 key technology patents, has been involved in several start-ups and lectures extensively around the world.