July / August  2006




August/September Contents 

Sufis - wisdom against

 Sufi poet saints

 50 years of mountain

 Interviews with:
 Ajaz Anwar
Iqbal Hussain
Kamil Mumtaz

 Heritage cities:
 Taxila Dharmrajika
 Bhera - Part I
Bhera - Part II


Cotton - the fibre of

Cotton textiles of
 South Asia

 Handlooms & Dyes

 Hiran Minar


 Lahore Gymkhana

 B2B - Part I

B2B - Part II

Optical Networks I
Optical Networks II

Role of Internet in
 S Asian development

Technology and
 investment in US
 stock markets

Security & Trust in
 Internet banking

 Telecom & software
 - trends & future in
 South Asia

China & India - major
 players by 2025

Pakistan - IT Markets
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV









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Telecom & Software - Trends & Future in South Asia



Salman Minhas


First published in December 2001


WIPRO-  Azim Premji.

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Studied Engineering at Stanford University in 190 - unfinished .

Value /Wealth created about $ 2-50 billion .


In 1966 Premji had to cut short his engineering studies at Stanford University due to his father’s death. He joined the family business of vegetable oils “vanaspati”, bakery fat, hair care soaps, lighting products, and hydraulic cylinders.

Since that time , Premji has taken astute business decisions such as making PCs when IBM was thrown out of India in 1975  . Along with keeping the core values of integrity, innovative solutions, human values and value for money.

As with Murthy , Premji is  known for his simple living and high thinking,  travel by economy class and staying in value-for-money hotels. He believes in his own company and currently owns  75 percent of the company's shares.

In 1984 Wipro pioneered the concept of sharing wealth through stock awards , although , some of his core executives have left Wipro and gone to launch their own companies having felt that they could have done better had they been awarded in a better fashion.

Wipro launched the Stock Options in 1999 .  They have been the first in India in 1997 to start the Sigma Six Quality Program [ a quality metric that uses the concept of leadership of teams by high quality professionals as Judo/ karate “Black Belts” ] which has been followed with great success at General Electric

Premji is of the opinion that with the Internet population in India at a small number , E-Commerce will not be feasible until a number of 25 - 30 million Internet users is reached by 2005. He also feels that the India customer has to evolve  and that the Indian mind-set is more touch and feel. as opposed to the western consumers who have more faith in the products available over the net.

The Indian Information , Communications and Entertainment [ ICE ]  Convergence Bill that was passed recently will be helpful according to Premji in areas such as Telecom regulations and Frequency Spectrum allocation rules.

Premji as the visionary sees India also moving from a manufacturing to a knowledge era.

He believes that due to the communications revolution , physical country borders do not define markets. Thus the movement of goods , services , finance will move to places of lowest cost  and global distribution. Benchmarks of customer services have to be immediate .

Further  the old advantages of nations based on material resources has shifted to the advantage based on ideas which come from an enlightened and educated people .

Hence in future  leadership at Wipro will be based not on Command and Control but on being able to generate excitement and enthusiasm to generate innovative ideas .

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