BDG’s gift to Kolkata in 1997!
The first ‘Intelligent’ Building of India The Infinity
What happens when you execute your infinite dreams into reality? You create wonders like Bikram Dasgupta did in his 25 years in Kolkata. The first ‘Intelligent’ building of India – ‘The Infinity,’ was unveiled in the backdrop of a symphony of sunset and world class modern technology, setting 11 floors of a 150-feet building alight with the click of a computer mouse. A new horizon in the history of Information Technology in Bengal started thus and BDG brought that technology to the City of Joy, in an era when it was literally unheard of even in other parts of India.
Since early ’90s BDG had this dream and was so passionate about the idea, that he even travelled to New York and Frankfurt to get first-hand experience of such buildings. To him the building was not another infrastructure project, but a beacon of change for a New Bengal. Thus, was born Infinity, India’s first truly intelligent workplace, that for the first time reflected the art of ‘plug and play infrastructure.’ It was indeed the precursor of IT parks of India.
Setting Up IBM Centre for Software Excellence
The first ‘Centre of IBM Software Excellence’ was set up by BDG who was chosen by the global giant as the only entrepreneur from India to be a part of IBM’s emerging market group in Asia
BDG had been the only Indian IT leader to have been chosen by global giant IBM’s Emerging Market group. IBM was trying to identify entrepreneurs across the globe and South-East Asia to develop information technology through meaningful projects that would be ‘different’ and create an ‘impact.’ They had heard about BDG, did all their homework and their officials came down from Hong Kong to meet Bikram Dasgupta.
BDG was given an open offer to name a project close to his heart and IBM would give a soft loan of 300,000 US dollars and help him in the project through training, machine set up etc. Sitting in his Green Park office, BDG knew what was the absolute necessity at that hour in the IT sector of India --- it was training the youth. That’s when BDG for the first time as a visionary spoke about training. And that’s how IBM Centre for Software Excellence was set up in Kolkata by BDG at the Techno Campus. This was the first ever centre in Asia. The hardware was bought from IBM and they sent their technicians to Calcutta to set up the centre as well as trainers for the Centre were sent to IBM’s training centre in Bangalore to learn the methodologies. This was indeed a big milestone for Kolkata’s future IT dream.
YSM – Young Software Manager
Preparing Young Software Managers to face the professional IT world out there and excel through proper training and exposure
As an extension of IBM Centre for Excellence, BDG launched the Young Software Manager programme where the fresh engineering graduates were trained in technical skills hands on, something they needed to emerge in the professional world. Other than funding BDG’s training centre, IBM even gave a 1 million US dollar software contract to BDG that would give him and his young managers a window of 1 year of business. From training the youngsters, to funding the centre to generating opportunities, the Young Software Manager programme did it all. It ensured way back in the era when offsite or onsite work in foreign lands was almost unheard of by IT professionals in Kolkata, that YSM trained youngsters could go onsite abroad to IBM centres and clients and work at dollar per hour rate.
This kind of onsite training cum job opportunities that are so abundant today was indeed missing in the 90s and early 2000. BDG had the vision of thinking of tying the loose ends of IT education, by exposing the young graduates and would be managers to an ecosystem that would hone up their skills along with their academic excellence.