Microsoft offers Ahmedabad boy $180,000 to work in its US headquarters

Microsoft_offerAHMEDABAD: An Amdavadi boy who attended school in Shahibaug and interned at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Ahmedabad, has landed one of the highest pay packages offered to an engineering postgraduate – $1,80,000 USD plus incentives. The offer was made by Microsoft to 23-year-old Priyanshu Kumar Jha, who earned a master’s from Singapore. Priyanshu will work for Microsoft’s Bing search engine as development engineer.

Priyanshu will head to the Microsoft headquarters in the US next week. He is the youngest of the batch of students who appeared for placements at the National University of Singapore this year, where he studied for the master’s degree in software engineering. He has secured a bachelor’s degree in information technology from UV Patel College of Engineering, Ganpat University, Mehsana.

Priyanshu’s father, Prabhat Kumar Jha, is a zonal director (central zone) National Small Industries Corporation, ministry of medium, small & micro enterprises. Priyanshu’s mother, Ranjana, is a homemaker. Priyanshu completed his schooling from Central School, Shahibaug.

“As an engineering student, I always aspired to work for Microsoft at some point in my career,” Priyanshu said. “But to have my first job, at this age, as an engineer in Microsoft is a dream come true.” Being the youngest achiever in his group has been Priyanshu’s habit. He was the youngest to be chosen for the master’s programme in Singapore. “I had to put in a lot of extra work to keep up with my batchmates, who had a minimum of two years of work experience,” he said. “I was the only one with no work experience, but my top scores always gave me an edge over the others.”

Priyanshu told TOI that he had been exposed to computers since 1994. “My dream is to work for corporations for a while and use my learning to launch my own company after coming back to Ahmedabad,” he said. “I want to give back to society which has given me so much.”

As for the interview with Microsoft, Priyanshu said it consisted of six rounds with each one lasting six hours. But he said the interactions were always relaxed.

source : Times of India