Bringing IT Revolution in Bihar

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P K Sinha
CEO, Astric Computers (I) Pvt Ltd

“The facility run by Astric Computers in Patna is equipped with latest systems and is powered by a hybrid system of solar and wind power. This is not only good for the environment, it also proves more economical than conventional power,” says P K Sinha

You have started an initiative called “Centre of Excellence.” Please tell us about it.
Centre of Excellence is an initiative of Astric Computers (I) Pvt. Ltd., to enable seamless flow of IT enabled services in Bihar. It fashions the involvement of entrepreneurs in honing the skill sets of the youth of Bihar, capacity building of government employees and under privileged classes. We have collaborations with various leading knowledge and technology partners and have approved and customized course modules and rates. This is not just a business initiative, our main focus is on promoting entrepreneurship; we hope to play a pivotal role in creating a band of first generation entrepreneurs who recognize the inherent disadvantages rooted in the society and come out with innovative rectification measures that re-shape the social and economic landscape of Bihar.

What kind of infrastructure have you developed in Patna for promoting your initiatives?
We have a setup of training and capacity building Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Khajpura on Bailey Road in Patna which is a state of the art resource centre spread over 10000 sq. feet. The training centre is centrally air-conditioned and Wi-Fi enabled. It has multiple training classrooms, online and virtual computing facility rooms. The facility is equipped with online network and video surveillance system, biometric entry, hybrid (Solar + Wind) energy power system apart from the conventional inverter and 24X7X365 generator backup. The same facility has a BSNL tower hence availability of high speed internet, in addition our association with Tata Teleservices.

How did Astric get started? Tell us about your journey in the world of IT.
Astric was started in 1992 by three young and enterprising engineers, I being one of them. Today after many years of ups and downs and hard work, the company has got established as a trustworthy IT company in Bihar. It has huge scope and we see lot of potential for future growth. I would also like to add that Astric is today one of the fastest growing IT company’s in Bihar. I would also like to add that there are many other companies in Bihar like Astric and if we have support from Government, the state can have an IT revolution. There will be unprecedented growth in the IT sector in the State.

You have also been offering Capacity Building Courses for employees of the State Government. How is this project going?
We offer various training programs related to building ability and capacity of government employees at all levels. These programmes help participants with their existing as well as in acquiring new skills to promote their professional development and to strengthen the capabilities of organizations that support the reform of public administration at various levels. Our focus is to strengthen the departments and corporations in which the employees work to make them as vehicles for reform. Our aim is to enhance the effectiveness of Government Departments so that the citizens of the state can enjoy good governance. It is only IT that can lead to redefining of rules for work procedures in the government through our well designed and customised modules. Also, we are offering courses to enable our students to develop linguistic skills. No matter how intelligent we are, our communication skill is the only attribute that helps us to convince our target audience and reap success in life. Hence our programme lays stress on the need to be precise and lucid. Moreover the art of effective listening forms an important part of our module.

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