Mr. Bikram Dasgupta is currently the Founder and Chairman, Globsyn Group, with interests in Education, Information Technology and Skill development.

An alumnus of Harvard Business School and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Mr. Bikram Dasgupta is among the early pioneers of the Indian Information Technology Industry and has witnessed the emergence of the Indian IT Industry from garage start-ups to billion dollar behemoths.

The emergence of Indian Information Technology industry saw the birth of a generation of first time entrepreneurs – entrepreneurs with no family history of business enterprise. This generation was marked by their ambition and fierce determination to change the order of things. They innovated, they disrupted and they brought in new rules into the game. They lived by their instincts.

Mr. Dasgupta’s entrepreneurial journey is a story of this change. A story defined by its quintessential highs and lows, of dreams, of daring to think beyond the ordinary and an insatiable appetite for risk taking.

As Mr. Bikram Dasgupta transits from a momentous and frenzied phase of his life and embarks upon a new journey in his life, he is driven by an aspiration to plough back to society and community his life’s experience; to arm a new generation of entrepreneurs and youth with the value systems that go behind creating full-filling life stories through his start-up venture BDG Global Private Limited.

Disrupters & Game Changers

Opening up the PC market for the masses

The Indian IT industry during the early 90s was dominated by the growth and penetration of computing devices, starting with the government and steadily percolating down to the public and private sectors, finally opening up the home market by bringing PC’s within reach of the middle class. The Indian PC market then was noticeably demarcated by a) players who marketed branded products that were highly priced or by b) grey market players whose products were of questionable quality. This skew in the market evolution was one of the biggest deterrents to the growth of the Indian PC market; this was compounded by lack of manufacturing setups by large global brands which could, not only have brought down the price-points, but would have given the industry an exports biased, globally competitive positioning.

Bikram's popular ‘Dell Deal’, in 1992, proved to be a game changing, watershed moment in the Indian IT Industry – changing the very way in which the hardware industry operated, giving it an export orientation. At US$ 50 Million, the deal was conceptualized, brought to fruition and executed by Bikram. As a first of its kind, two-way collaboration between PCL and DELL, PCL was the first hardware company in India to ‘contract manufacture’ advanced computer Motherboards exclusively for Dell, which would be exported to the principal and in turn Dell’s International PCs were to be imported. As a net positive foreign exchange earning arrangement, the deal positioned India as an important manufacturing destination while bringing down the price of branded PCs in the country.

Bringing the Indian IT Industry to the world

It was during his entrepreneurial stint at PCL that Bikram realized that if Indian IT was to be put on the global map one had to work on the brand imagery of the nation – a nation that was largely seen as an assembling substation dominated by ‘screw-driver’ driven competencies.

Thinking beyond the business confines of his company, Bikram batted from the front to help take the India story global. As part of the Executive Council of MAIT (Manufacturers Association for Information Technology), Bikram conceptualized the setting up of an industry platform to help showcase India’s information technology prowess and position the country as a strong global information technology player.

Named as IT Asia by Bikram, the exposition was modelled around the scale and grandeur of CeBIT (Germany), and as its President for three consecutive years (1993 – 95), IT Asia kept growing in size and popularity and by 1995, IT Asia emerged as the largest Information Technology Trade Fair in South East Asia, eclipsing Taipei’s IT Fair.

As an evangelist of the Indian IT industry, Bikram was at the forefront of promoting the cause of the industry and as the Chairman of the Export Promotion Committee of MAIT, he travelled extensively across the globe, including USA, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Holland among other countries.

Giving India its first IT Park

The eventful hardware driven Indian IT developmental story saw two strong movements, i.e., large scale PC penetration in India and growth of private entrepreneurship. This was the harbinger of what was to quickly follow in its footsteps – the exponential success of the software services industry.

Bikram was acutely aware of the challenges that the rapidly developing software industry would come face to face with, if it did not think ahead and more so on two vitally critical aspects – creating world-class ‘Infrastructure’ to induce multinational corporations to set up shop in India and ‘Institution’ to create globally competitive talent in the Information Technology arena.

1996 saw the conception and birth of ‘Infinity’, conceptualized and spearheaded by Bikram. Built as India’s first intelligent workplace, in Bengal, ‘Infinity’ (a US $ 15 Million, 300,000 sq.ft. facility) sent a strong signal to the global technology industry that Global Software Offshoring had arrived in India.

The significance of the special construction and design of infrastructure built by Infinity is the architectural ingenuity with a futuristic outlook incorporating features to assist the work performance of the IT industry. Infinity lays emphasis on optimization of resources, innovation of solutions and preservation of environment. Environment preservation and up-gradation is an inbuilt component of all its architectural designs. It is registered with the US Green Building Council under their Leed Rating Programme. The green specifications provide an environment that generates positive energy ensuring superior work ambiance.

Software Finishing School

With the Indian Software Services sector growing at a rapid pace, speeded along by the global acceptance of Indian software engineering prowess, Bikram realized that if the industry were to grow while at the same instance climb up the services value chain it would need to equip large masses of youth, not only in the latest technologies, but also in management and core application skills. In brief, the coming together of Technology and Management skills into a singular whole – a vision that was in many ways years ahead of its time.

This was the thought edifice on which Bikram developed his pioneering Software Finishing School™ (SFS) concept. SFS was at its core a pedagogical innovation that stressed on Acquisition, Application, and Management that by design created Performance driven individuals. For the first time in the country, the Software Finishing School created a structure where high aptitude engineering graduates, from diverse disciplines, were exposed to the latest technologies coupled with relevant software engineering and management skills. The Software Finishing School thus helped create a strong pool of globally relevant application developers, helping the nation earn valuable foreign exchange.

The Software Finishing School System has today evolved into multiple technology programs training over 15,000 graduating engineering students, from 160 engineering colleges, spread across 21 states in India, every year, on the latest technical skills across Mobile, Web and Enterprise platforms.
Brief Bio
  • Alumnus of Harvard Business School, USA and IIT – Kharagpur, India
  • HCL (1980-84): Commenced his career as one of the key Market Development Managers of HCL, during its infancy and played a sterling role in establishing the market presence that HCL commands today. HCL is a $6 billion enterprise
  • PCL (1984-94): Whetted his formative entrepreneurial zeal by promoting Pertech Computers Limited (PCL)
  • Took a leading role in managing diverse functions and catapulted PCL to the position of the No.1 PC player in India
  • Pioneered the concept of Intelligent Buildings for IT in India in the form of Infinity – IT Park in 1996. Formed and pioneered the roadmap for IT parks in India
  • Make in India: Single-handedly won the single largest (US$ 50 million) export manufacturing contract from Dell Computer, USA, for computer motherboards, which is still rated as the largest single contract in the computer hardware industry. Set up India’s first motherboard manufacturing unit and ramped it up to 10,000 motherboards/month production in 1994
  • Conceptualized Globsyn in 1997 as a group of companies, which embodies a business model built around the fundamental concepts of Knowledge, Skills, Technology and Innoventures for the knowledge economy
  • Pioneered the concept of Knowledge Finishing Schools in India and set up India’s first Software Finishing School in 1997
  • Set up India’s first Corporate B-School in India – Globsyn Business School in 2002, which is CRISIL A** Rated and AICTE Approved
  • Set up India’s first integrated BPO Training institute, in 2004, in the form of BPO Academy
  • Acquired a listed software company, Synergy Log-In Systems Limited in 2006 and increased Globsyn’s technology footprint across India, USA, Europe, Middle East and the Far East
  • Created India’s first ‘Work Habitat’ in 2008 in the form of Globsyn Crystals, bringing Life and Work together
  • Pioneered the first dedicated institute for family business owners in the form of Asian Institute of Family Business in 2009
  • Set up Globsyn Skills in 2010, a Joint Venture between National Skill Development Corporation and Globsyn. Slated to train 1 Million youth over a period of 10 years, with a pan India operation
  • Promulgated the coalesce of Education and Skills in 2014 with the launch of Globsyn EduSkills, which envisions to merge relevant and practical education and qualitatively good skills, interwoven with technology to make the youth of the country industry-ready
  • Launched India’s first virtual employment exchange platform, SkillsXchange in 2015, which connects skilled resources from management, technology and other industries with relevant jobs
  • Set up KnowledgePub, the first co-working space in Kolkata, which caters to the requirements of the growing startup community
  • Early stage/Accelerator/Investor to new-gen startups and set up an incubation center, Startup Café to promote the ideas of young entrepreneurs
  • Currently engaged in creating a multi-dimensionary approach to helping the younger generation to transit to the new ‘convergence-technology’ driven societal environment where the real and the virtual world comes together in never before combinations; driving a new chapter in the human evolutionary cycle
  • Brand/Global Strategic Advisor for growing new-gen companies
  • Public Speaker/Keynote Speaker on Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • Industry Connects: Past President - TiE (Kolkata Chapter); Member - Executive Council – Indian Chamber of Commerce; Member – Eastern Region Council, NASSCOM; Member – Executive Committee, Eastern Region, Confederation of Indian Industry; Member – National Skills Council, Confederation of Indian Industry; Member – National Committee, Integrity and Transparency in Governance, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Former World Bank International Expert Advisor – IT/ITeS for Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Government of Bangladesh
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