Icons of Indian IT

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The India IT story is not just about Infosys, Wipro and TCS. Indeed, the roots of the India brand in Information Technology were laid twenty years earlier by a handful of pioneering professionals in government, industry and education.

From the making of the Indian supercomputer Param to ERNET, county’s first internet avatar; from India’s export of IT education to putting the nation on the global map for financial services, there were several path breaking efforts which are not just a part of India’s legacy or history but have actually changed the face of the nation. These timeless tales will continue to serve as an inspiring reminder of the power of grit and determination. This engaging and evocative book preserves for a new generation, the largely untold story of India’s iconic technology leaders and companies whose bold decisions and mould-breaking practices created a bedrock of knowledge, regulation and enterprise on which the India IT brand is built.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Anand Parthasarathy

Anand Parthasarathy is a graduate in Instrumentation and Control from Poona University and obtained his Masters degree in Systems Engineering at Birmingham University. He served for over twenty years with the (Indian) Defence Research and Development Organisation, including stints in naval underwater systems and surface-to-air missile systems. He was for fifteen years the IT correspondent and later IT Editor of The Hindu and now runs his own IT communication services company and a web portal, IndiaTechOnline. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the UN-sponsored Panos-GKP award and was the first recipient of the Polestar Award for IT Journalist of the Year.


Professor S Sadagopan is (since 1999) Director of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bengaluru. As the first Director there, he is involved in visioning, planning and executing the growth of this institute that is counted as one of the premier technology institutes in India. He was also involved with several new-generation institutes including the IIITs in Bhubaneshwar, Delhi and Thiruvanthapuram, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology in Bengaluru as well as Institute of Space Science and Technology in Thiruvanthapuram. Prior to joining IIIT, Professor Sadagopan taught for more than twenty-five years (1979-95) at IIT-Kanpur, for four years (1995-99) at IIM Bangalore and for a year (1987-88) at IIT-Madras, as well as in Bangkok, Thailand (1989) and RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey in USA (1997). His research interests include Operations Research, Decision Theory, Multi-criteria Optimization, Simulation, Enterprise Computing, ERP, Supply Chain Optimization, IT in education, Multimedia and e-Governance. Professor Sadagopan is a Fellow of the UK’s IET, Computer Society of India and Institution of Engineers (India). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM and a Fulbright Scholar.


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Icons of Indian IT
1st. ed.
818328485X, 9788183284851