The Making Of A Digital Nation: The Miracle Story Of The Indian IT Sector

Saturday

23

April 2022

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location

Online Via Zoom

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The Making Of A Digital Nation: The Miracle Story Of The Indian IT Sector

The Conversation Series

Sundeep Khanna

Columnist, Money Control, Livemint
Co-Author, Azim Premji: The Man Beyond the Billions
Speaker

Professor Sudhir Pandey

Amrut Mody School of Management
Ahmedabad University
Moderator


The growth of the Indian IT sector has been a remarkable success story. The export-led private sector growth, with a flexible labour market and a limited role for the state, boosted the nation's confidence. The country saw an increase in sectors such as business process outsourcing, significant rise in wage premium, the growth in private education, and entrepreneurs as new role models. The IT sector growth contributed to the development of IT clusters that led to the new wave of e-commerce.
 
What factors led to the growth of the sector? Who were the key entrepreneurs who led this transformation? Why did India miss the hardware bus? Is the growth attained so far sustainable? Is it possible for India to retain its competitive edge in this industry? 
 
Our speaker, a regular columnist with a journalism career spanning thirty years, will chart the growth story of the Indian IT sector. He will highlight the story behind two significant factors – one technological and another policy-related – and how they shaped the growth of the sector. He will look at the development of the Indian IT sector through the lens of one of the pioneers, Azim Premji.

Speaker

Sundeep Khanna

Delhi University alumnus Sundeep Khanna is a former editor, columnist and a business writer. He has co-authored Azim Premji: The Man Beyond The Billions. With a career in journalism spanning over three decades, he has worked as the Executive Editor for The Mint, the Technology Editor for Financial Express, and a Senior Editor for Business Today.

Moderator

Professor Sudhir Pandey

Sudhir Pandey teaches communication and is a Programme Chair, MBA, Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad University. He also worked in Communication area at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (2011-14). He has a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Lucknow and is a recipient of the 'Chairman's Excellence in Teaching Award' at Ahmedabad University for 2016-17 and Vedant Educator Excellence Award 2020 by Vedant Foundation, Gujarat. Besides, I have been involved with various MBA programme level administrative roles from design to implementation.