August 2023

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (IST)

Auditorium, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Central Campus


IT Entrepreneurs and NASSCOM: An Extraordinary Tale of Success

The Conversation Series

Harish Mehta

Founder, Onward Technologies
Co-founder, NASSCOM

Ravi Miglani

Professor of Practice of Management
Director, Executive Education
Ahmedabad University

Over the years, NASSCOM’s contribution has been nothing short of transformative, propelling the Indian IT services industry from a modest $52 million in 1988 to an astounding $250 billion+ today. NASSCOM’s influence has extended to fostering the birth of 90,000 start-ups and establishing brand India as a global tech powerhouse. However, NASSCOM’s impact goes beyond sheer revenue; it has played a vital role in creating millions of high-disposable income jobs, sowing the seeds of cultural transformation, and setting new standards for corporate governance for India Inc.

What factors led to the growth of the sector? Who were the key entrepreneurs who led this transformation? Is the growth attained so far sustainable? Is it possible for India to retain its competitive edge in this industry? Who were the key people? Who persuaded the government to change laws and harness the country’s potential?

Our speaker, Harish Mehta, will narrate the extraordinary story of this band of dreamers who joined hands to transform a nation while changing the lens through which the world looked at India. He will take us through the formative years of the association that would revolutionise Indian IT: NASSCOM.


Harish Mehta

Harish Mehta is the Founder of Onward Technologies Ltd. He is the founding member and the first elected Chairman of NASSCOM, the largest and the most highly recognised Indian trade association of the IT and BPO industries. His book ‘The Maverick Effect’ recounts the collective struggles of the Indian IT industry in its earliest days. He introduced the Silicon Valley-based organisation The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) to Mumbai after which he served as the first President of TiE – Mumbai in 1999 and then as a member of TiE Global Board from 2001-2002.


Ravi Miglani

Professor Miglani has 35 years of experience in the field of marketing research and consumer insights and has worked across the domain including market research, consumer behaviour, customer engagement, and research-based marketing consulting. He did Post Graduate Programme in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1983.