Bangalore: Infosys Ltd co-founder and former chief executive S. Gopalakrishnan has donated about $1.8 million of his wealth to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to help foster a research partnership between the prestigious US-based university and Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc). As part of the partnership, both institutions will jointly promote brain research and education.

Gopalakrishnan, who was one of the seven engineers who co-founded Infosys in a small Pune apartment in 1981, was previously also instrumental in helping set up the brain research arm at IISc. Through his own personal philanthropic trust, the Pratiksha Trust, Gopalakrishnan had in January donated nearly 225 crore to help set up the Centre for Brain Research at IISc.

The partnership between CMU and the Centre for Brain Research at IISc will also aim to “enhance the connection between CMU and India.

“Carnegie Mellon University is a world-renowned leader in many areas of research and education. I am very pleased to support president Subra Suresh’s strategic vision for the collaboration between CMU and IISc through this gift so that we can address one of the grand challenges of our times by understanding the human brain," said Gopalakrishnan, who last month stepped down from his role as vice-chairman at Infosys.

According to Bloomberg data, Gopalakrishnan and his family hold about $1.16% in Infosys, or roughly 6.65 million shares, as of March 2014. Infosys is currently valued at about 1.85 trillion. Gopalakrishnan, who was till recently the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, served as chief executive officer of Infosys between 2007 and 2011.

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