Sugata Mitra

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Sugata Mitra

Name: Sugata Mitra

Born: February 12, 1952, in Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Computer-related contributions

  • Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England.
  • Known for his "Hole in the Wall" project that placed basic computers inside a hole in remote places around the world to see if people in local villages could teach themselves about computers.
  • Chief Scientist, Emeritus, at NIIT.

Significant publications

  • Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning (2012).

Honors and awards

  • TED Prize winner (2013).


"In nine months, a group of children left alone with a computer in any language will reach the same standard as an office secretary in the West."