Essay

The road to IT greatness

Print edition : December 08, 2017

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi inaugurating the electronics research and development centre of Keltron in Thiruvananthapuram. Also seen is Kerala Chief Minister E.K. Nayanar (right). A file picture. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

An assembly of electronic instruments at ECIL, Hyderabad. A file picture. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Ashok Parthasarathi. A file picture. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

1972: India’s first digital computer, made by Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, Hyderabad. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Param, the parallel supercomputer developed indigenously by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. A file picture. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

October 3, 1987: At a computerised railway reservation counter in Chennai. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Contrary to popular perception, India began its journey to become an IT superpower much before the reforms of 1991. The roots can be traced as far back as 1972, when Indira Gandhi set up the Electronics Commission to focus on computing and electronics.
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