Three decades now! The journey of the Techno India Group has been a phenomenal one. Today the organization is a brand all across the globe with its wings spread in diverse sectors, providing opportunities to the youth of India beyond measure. What started as a sapling in the year 1985 is today a gigantic tree with numerous branches extending education, entertainments, publication, health and media to the entrepreneuring generation of India. Taking up challenge and being successful in every endeavour has been the hallmark of Techno India Group and with every passing day, this organization is crossing new milestones. It is therefore, relevant at this point to take a brief look at how this journey began.
Before the introduction of the open economy in India, the Roychowdhury brothers of Kapasdanga, Hooghly, realized the immense potential of computer education and pioneered a revolution in digital literacy in the state. They foresaw that the professional life of the new generation would substantially be dependent on the application of computer in day-to-day life. In keeping with this idea, the Roychowdhury brothers entered into the venture, practically without any capital, manpower and infrastructure which are the basic pre-requisites to start a business. The first training centre opened at Hooghly with a computer costing one lakh rupees! With relentless effort and frequent movement among Hooghly, Delhi, Durgapur and Kolkata, finally, the Institute of Computer Engineers (India) was set up in the year 1985 in Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. With the introduction of computer and its gradual application in the cause of human welfare, an acute shortage of computer literate personnel became apparent. Mr. Goutam Roychowdhury, the Chairman of Techno India Group (TIG) had to move continuously between Delhi and Kolkata to explore all possible technical guidance. Mr. Satyam Roychowdhury, the Managing Director, had joined hands together to take the organization in the right direction. Mr. T.K. Ghosh, the Executive Director, always kept himself busy in ensuring quality education by engaging eminent experts and professors.
Beginning of Vibrant TIG
Initially, during the late 1980s, the Government of West Bengal was reluctant and hesitant to move forward. Later, however, it perceived the importance of accepting computer education as a reality. The Roychowdhury brothers took the initiative to open Computer Centres at government-sponsored colleges jointly with the Institute of Computer Engineers, India (ICE [I]) to impart skill development on applications of software and hardware to train the students beyond the narrow bounds of university curricula. Despite criticism from all corners, the model was successful, as new colleges came up every day with the proposal to start computer training courses. These centres introduced diversified short-term as well as graduate programmes through which innumerable individuals were able to establish themselves in the professional world. The government had no alternative but to explore job opportunities for skilled persons in the diversified markets such as Banking, Insurance, Tele Communication, Media and Railway Reservation. Mere university degrees did not assure a job in the market even after many employment sectors were privatized. Before that the employment market was mostly restricted to school and college teaching, public sector organizations and some mercantile companies. Unemployment galloped proportionally to the population explosion. At this juncture, ICE(I) extend centres to the farthest corners of West Bengal despite problems in transportation and communication, but encouraged many such similar training centres including WEBEL (Govt. Undertaking) to come into the forefront.