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[ Brainiacs in the Digital Age ]

Abstract:

This is not a pipe dream; it could actually happen by 2025, if not earlier. India’s computing and communications pipes are getting bigger by the day. Its industry, infrastructure as well as trade and technology. Today India’s Information and Communications Technology, what is popularly called as ICT world over, is US $160 Billion and would grow at 18 percent plus up to 2020 in spite of worldwide recession, compared to low single digit growth in the US. On top of it India’s Infosys, TCS, and HCLs have started acquiring US and European companies and getting listed on NYSE. No wonder Bill Gates had warned USA government few years back that very soon India would eat American lunch! After all it churns out 500,000 engineers every year, compared to 75,000 by US.

India’s esteem in world eyes has risen singularly due to its IT industry and now telecom is adding to the awe. Bangalore is recognised as the Worlds IT capital and the word ‘bangalored’ has entered the Webster dictionary.

It all happened with supercomputers. Way back in 1985, India wanted to buy a Supercomputer from US for weather forecasting. It was denied to India as supercomputing is a ‘dual-use technology’; it could be used by India in its Nuclear, Space and Defence programs. Rajiv Gandhi then challenged Indian scientists to create indigenous supercomputer of Cray capability, then in gigaflops range. C-DAC was launched in 1988 as India’s national initiative in supercomputing and PARAM became India’s answer to US denial. Wall Street Journal took notice with front page headline: ‘Angry India does IT again’. That happened in 1991, barely 3 years since C-DAC’s launch. In 1998 C-DAC showcased a teraflop architecture supercomputer and India became world’s third country who possessed this strategic technology, following US and Japan. In 2007, Tata’s CRL went on to build EKA, the world’s 4th most powerful supercomputer next only to the US built IBM systems. One day India would beat US in building Petaflop range (1015 mathematical operations in one second) range supercomputers.

Can India pip US in ICT? Today, the world ICT industry may be more than US $ 4 Trillion and that of India US $ 160 Billion. By 2025, with a pool of 5 million quality ICT professionals and 250 million IT literates, India’s 25 per cent of national income as well as export could come from ICT alone. By then, most of the world and particularly US cutting edge R&D would have moved to India with next generation chips, mobiles, robots, supercomputers and, of course a spectrum of soft wares would be designed on Indian soil for the US and the world.

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    Colonel Prabir Sengupta

    CEO, ARAW (Achilles Research and Analysis Wing) & YOUTH MENTOR

Colonel Prabir Sengupta Vishisht Seva Medal*
*Awarded for exceptional leadership by the President of India, Dr APJ Kalam.

A seasoned professional with 34+ years of experience in leadership, management, business strategy, administration, recruitment and consultancy in Indian Army, IT, core sector and educational domain.

Presently engaged as a Corporate trainer, Motivational speaker and YOUth mentor.

Trained over 7,500+ professionals in areas of leadership, motivation, team-building, soft skills, PD stress and time management. Worked with L&T, ITC, Tanishq, Titan, Tata AIG, Jet Airways, Airtel, Bluestar, Indian Oil Corp, TIPL, ACC Cements, HSBC, CTS, Scorpio Maritime Services, Linde Group, RBI, Central Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Institute of Engineers India, NADP Nagpur, Senco Gold, Hotel Astor, Anmol Biscuits, Bellevue Hospital, ADD Life Care, Peerless and Medica Hospital.

Inspired, ignited and impacted over 15,000+ students on soft skills, personality development, motivation, pre placement training from IIM, Lucknow, Calcutta Univ, Jadavpur Univ, IIEST (BESU), Loreto College, ILead, IEM, Techno India, NIT Durgapur, Heritage College, Army Institute of Mgt, Camellia Institute, Adamas, NSHM, IIPM, Pacific Univ Udaipur amongst others.

Developed Women Safety (WOSAF) program with Situation Control (SITCON) measures & conducted numerous workshops for RelianceADAG, CTS, HSBC, Tanishq, Indian Oil, Ilead, ADD Life Care, Loreto & JDBI Girls College. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF5FeDreIEs).

A mentor in the APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial; The International Youth Conclave being held on 26-27 Jul, 16 at Lucknow. (http://kalamconclave.org/).

First Indian Army Officer on the TED platform as a speaker; TEDx IIM, Calcutta on Aug 24th, 2013 and also at TEDx Tezpur on Aug 14th, 2016. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpV5fVS8Nng).

Speaker at TechBhubaneshwar addressing over 550 technical professionals held on Oct, 16, 2016. Keynote speaker in ‘Advantage Jharkhand, 2015’ on ‘Honing the Art of Leadership’ on Dec 17th, 2015.

Panelist in ‘Advantage India Conclave’ held in Kolkata on 12 Dec, 2015, sharing the vision of Late President APJ Kalam; ‘Role of Education & Media in ushering change in Society’. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kobEkPIEOV4).

Panelist at ‘Incredible Leaders – Lead the Change’ INFOCOM 2013 speaking on “Collaborative Leadership” held in ITC, Kolkata under aegis of the ABP Group on Dec 6th, 2013.

Certificate of Achievement and attested as Trainer by Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc; May 2014. Education at IIM, Bangalore (PGPEX), Global Univ 21, Symbiosis (Marketing), Indore & Mumbai Univ. Global Head for Hiring for Business Schools of an MNC handling the entire end-to-end process. An illustrious 25 years in Indian Army; sought VRS to pursue passion of learning and education.

Commanded (CXO) an Infantry Battalion of 1000(+) men in war-like conditions countering Terrorism. For exceptional leadership during command The President of India awarded ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’.

A voracious reader Keen interest in International/ National Affairs/ Games/ Sports/ Travel/ An avid Golfer & Cyclist/ Women Safety Trainer/ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9yZgHtXsU0).

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