India has come a long way in its 70-year-long journey of independence. However, it continues to hover in the group of “developing” countries with social and communal issues, poverty, improper and poor infrastructure, and corruption, among many other factors that keep pulling India back. At the same time, India has made a great deal of progress in technology. Currently, India’s development graph is driven by its growth in technology.
India and technology
India has experienced significant success with its technological developments. In fact, India is the first country to successfully reach Mars on its initial attempt. India also has one of the highest rated space technology faculties in the world. At present, India has 27 operational satellites and is sharing its space technology and knowledge with the rest of the SAARC nations.
India has always been on the quest for internalizing technology and building systems from scratch. This ranges from its advancements in creating nuclear energy, IT systems to pharmaceuticals, and health information technology. India is now one of the most popular sites for FDI in technology.
On the other hand, India certainly has its challenges lined up. The Indian health system needs to be upgraded and vaccination and awareness drives about diseases should be more efficient. Safety of women and gender equality is a whole other issue in India, but must be dealt with to achieve a “developed” nation status. There is abundant water scarcity, poor water harvesting infrastructure, and a serious case of water and air pollution. In terms of governance, corruption and lack of transparency affect the people’s faith in the constitution and India’s governing bodies. All these factors harm India’s chances of progress and growth.
Nonetheless, India continues to revel in the realm of technology. Today, technology is one feature that makes India a force to be reckoned with. India has also aced the knack of internalizing international technology. Many international applications, such as Uber and Amazon, have their local counterparts in Ola and Flipkart respectively that are working concurrently and are certainly thriving.
India’s technological force
Indian minds are India’s true assets when it comes to its technological advancements. Here are some of the greatest Indian ventures and technologists that have impacted IT and innovation across the world:
Tata Consultancy Services
TCS has large learning centers and is driven to training thousands of students and employees with the latest technical know-how. The company offers services in IT and business consultancy. Its innovative technology in IT is of prime importance to the developed world, making it one of the top choices in the West. TCS is a staunch supporter of STEM education and works to prepare women and minority members for careers in IT. It has started multiple international programs for women’s education and has also established a $35 million partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to advance IT innovation.
Narayan Murthy and Infosys
Narayan Murthy is the founder of Infosys, which offers international services such as business consultancy, IT, and outsourcing. It is one of the largest IT companies in India and a top contender in the world. Infosys provides a “problem-solving mechanism” to IT software companies and is important as it enables clients globally to “execute strategies for digital transformation.” Infosys is playing a key role in combating poverty and unemployment in India. It is one of the top Indian employers across the world and caters to the many engineering students that graduate in India each year. Infosys has also become an IT leader in the West and provides the bulk of IT employment opportunities overall.
Arjun Malhotra and Hindustan Computer Ltd.
Arjun Malhotra is one of the most savant technology entrepreneurs involved in multiple projects. His premier contribution is Hindustan Computer Ltd. (HCL), which offers services such as IT and business consultancy, software and infrastructure management, outsourcing, data analytics, and R&D to name a few. HCL has a strong global presence in 39 countries. It encourages local development through its motto “Think Global, Act Local.” This has helped the company establish strong-lasting relations with its local partners, as well as merge its IT outsourcing faculties with onshore facilities.
This large company has a huge roster of clients all over the world. The company is important as its investments and presence range across multiple fields. It includes aerospace, energy, automobile, automation, infrastructure, and healthcare, with a focus on cloud services, IT infrastructure, and security. L&T Infotech’s growth in the U.S. is on the rise, and amid the increased restrictions on H-1B visas in the U.S., the company aims to increase its local hiring in the country. The company’s strong parameters have allowed it to continuously create IT jobs in the global market. HCL has also established a 1Step CSR initiative to foster their employees’ individual growth and achieve sustainable community development.
This company is an Indian MNC that provides IT and networking services and solutions, business process consultancy, and outsourcing. Its motto prioritizes innovation and customer service, making it a premier IT firm that builds “sustainable competitive advantage” for their clients. The company has a huge social presence, and each year it invests heavily in the education of underprivileged and disabled children. It also has an employability program to train about 12,000 youth each year to increase their chances of employment.
Wipro is one of the most innovative IT firms that offers services in IT, outsourcing, infrastructure, transportation, finance, healthcare systems, telecom, technology, and energy to name a few. The company provides sustainable solutions and is heavy on social responsibility and ethics. Wipro is also one of the biggest IT employers in the West. More than half of its employees in the U.S. are locals and it has hired more than 1,600 people in the first half of 2017. Wipro has impacted the global platform as it continues to build and train local talent in order to make lasting relations with its clients.
India continues to work on its technological growth and has a rising number of successful and innovative tech entrepreneurs. The companies mentioned above have set a fine foundation for other entrepreneurs and firms to follow. The next few years will have more advancements and institutions set up to head the fields of space technology, nuclear energy, agriculture, and nanotechnology.