From a Lab In­struc­tor to an IT Boss

Soub­hagya Routray, Owner, Baftek In­fosys

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An IT pro­fes­sional for last 23 years Soub­hagya Routray, Owner of Baftek In­fosys Pvt ltd, was born in Sam­balpur and brought up in Ja­gats­ingh­pur of Odisha. From a com­mon lab in­struc­tor to well known face in IT sec­tor, the jour­ney has been crest and trough for him. He has com­pleted his com­puter engi­neer­ing from Pune Univer­sity and pur­sued MBA in sales mar­ket­ing from Kalinga Univer­sity, Chat­tis­garh.


Be­ing a mer­i­to­ri­ous stu­dent he got a small job in the univer­sity and that kick started his ca­reer days. “I started my ca­reer as a lab in­struc­tor in our com­puter lab un­der ‘Earn & Learn’ scheme given to the mer­i­to­ri­ous stu­dents in the Pad­mashree Vikhe Patil Deemed Univer­sity in my stu­dent ca­reer. Af­ter com­plet­ing my stud­ies, I worked as a sales co-or­di­na­tor look­ing af­ter dif­fer­ent IT pro­jects in Baftek com­put­ers ltd., Pune. As, I was a new comer in the in­dus­try, I didn’t know much about the mar­ket sce­nario but, due to my hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, I crossed all the hur­dles. This ex­po­sure helped me a lot in my growth in my ca­reer.” Says Soub­hagya Routray.


Af­ter do­ing cer­tain jobs Routray started his own ven­ture Baftek In­fosys Pvt Ltd in Bhubanesh­war in 1993 with mere amount of `80,000. “I started my busi­ness with an in­vest­ment of `80,000 which was with­drawn from GPF by my par­ents. Due to my past ex­pe­ri­ence in Pune, I drove the busi­ness smoothly. The busi­ness al­ways faces ups and downs which de­pend upon the fund man­age­ment. Some­times the block in the pay­ments in dif­fer­ent places, it be­came very dif­fi­cult to man­age.” Said Soub­hagya.

“I was the first one to deal with the IT and imag­ing prod­ucts of SONY in the state in 1995. In 2002, I was the dis­trib­u­tor of PCS prod­ucts all around the state. Now, we have switched over to IT So­lu­tion based turnkey pro­jects and e-Gov­er­nance pro­jects in Odisha and West Ben­gal.” He added.

The com­pany deals in IT hard­ware prod­ucts, ser­vice, main­te­nance and IT ed­u­ca­tion in the name of Baftek com­puter ed­u­ca­tion, which have 7 fran­chise cen­tres pro­vid­ing IT ed­u­ca­tion, ear­lier 36 schools in Odisha got IT ed­u­ca­tion un­der the cen­tre. “I started pro­vid­ing com­puter ed­u­ca­tion in 1994 in dif­fer­ent schools in odisha. I made the IT ed­u­ca­tion reach the re­mote ar­eas where, they didn’t know about com­put­ers, es­pe­cially in KBK dis­trict.” Tells Soub­hagya.


Sin­cer­ity, ded­i­ca­tion, hard­work and com­mit­ment, good re­la­tion­ship and ser­vice to the cus­tomers are the fac­tors which contributed in Soub­hagya ca­reer and suc­cess. But his early muse was his friends who in­spired him. “I have been in­spired by some of my friends work­ing in the IT sec­tor while I was study­ing in Pune. I had a very keen in­ter­est in busi­ness and al­ways wanted to be in­de­pen­dent. And then, I even had a motto to em­ploy peo­ple and start my own busi­ness other than work­ing for some­one else.” He said

The real sup­port sys­tem is his fam­ily they are al­ways with him, as he speaks. “I have very sup­port­ive par­ents. If they had not sup­ported me then, I would not have been here as you are see­ing me to­day. And as per the say­ing, be­hind ev­ery suc­cess­ful man, there is a woman, my wife has al­ways been there by my side, be­ing my sup­port sys­tem.” He fur­ther added smil­ing.


Soub­hagya have many feath­ers in his cap. Man­ag­ing var­i­ous re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, he is one of the founder mem­ber of IT as­so­ci­a­tion of Orissa and re­cently got the Pres­i­dentship in the very as­so­ci­a­tion. Also Soub­hagya Of­fi­ci­at­ing as a Pres­i­dent of Old Boys As­so­ci­a­tion of S.K. Academy, Ja­gats­ingh­pur from 2015 as well he is Pres­i­dent of Old Boys Engi­neer­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Pad­mashri Vikhe Patil Deemed Univer­sity, Pune from 2012. Soub­hagya is also on Ad­vi­sory body of Min­istry of Non-Con­ven­tional En­ergy Sources (MNES), Govt. of In­dia since 2003.

On so­cial front, he is a sec­re­tary of “Shan­tid­ham Foun­da­tion” since 2004 for Child Ed­u­ca­tion, Set­tle­ment and fund­ing for or­phans and old age peo­ple in proper place in Odisha State, Plan­ta­tion in re­mote hilly area and pro­tect an­i­mals.

He has been awarded with the pres­ti­gious EX­CEL­LENCE AWARD by PCS In­dus­tries Ltd. for East­ern Re­gion on the year 2001 - 2002 at Goa. Also he got Best IT & Or­ga­nized Man award in Kala­handi Utsav- 2001 in Jan­uary by RDC. For the year 2002 – 2003 IDCO (the Govt. of Orissa un­der­tak­ing of re­pute) awarded him as the Man of the Event Award.


“I am in the IT in­dus­try since last 23 years. I have seen many ups and downs be­ing part of the in­dus­try. The young en­trepreneurs have their own unique ideas and its dis­ap­point­ing that due to the gen­er­a­tion gap there is a dif­fer­ence in our ide­olo­gies and vi­sion to see the world.” He said.

“I would ad­vice them to see the present mar­ket sce­nario prop­erly and deal with the cus­tomers wisely. They should have an ab­so­lute idea and knowl­edge about the prod­ucts to sus­tain in the in­dus­try. He should also have tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, not just mem­o­rize the the­ory. He should up­date him­self time to time to tackle the prob­lems in the in­dus­try and should be com­mit­ted to the peo­ple for ser­vice sup­port.” He ad­viced.


He be­long to a non-busi­ness class fam­ily where, both his par­ents were govt. ser­vants. His late fa­ther was a bank em­ployee and his mother was a head­mistress in govt. school. “I be­long to a mid­dle class fam­ily. My fa­ther was a Chief Man­ager in the SBI, who left us a year ago but I know his bless­ings are al­ways with me. My mother is a retd. Head­mistress, OES-II. We are four si­b­lings. My brother is an ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of govt. of Odisha and both my sis­ters are hap­pily mar­ried. I tied the knot in 1997 and am blessed with two chil­dren.”

Soub­hagya Routray loves trav­el­ing and have a dream to ex­plore the world one day, and he is a big foodie. “I am great foodie. I like Marathi and Gu­jarati foods but I rel­ish on typ­i­cal Odia food, spe­cially Poda Pithas, Ras­so­gol­las, Kheera Gaja, Chena Poda etc. And yes! How can I for­get Lord Ja­gan­nath’s Ma­haprasad? I love it.” He said cheer­ily.


“As, I am an IT pro­fes­sional work­ing in the in­dus­try since 1993, ob­vi­ously I would like to see my­self con­tin­u­ing in the IT in­dus­try it­self. More­over as I am com­mit­ted to the IT in­dus­try and as I have a vi­sion to check the planned pro­jects suc­cess, I def­i­nitely see my­self in the IT in­dus­try in the forth­com­ing years.” Soub­hagya ex­pressed.

I am in the IT in­dus­try since last 23 years. I have seen many ups and downs be­ing part of the in­dus­try

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