Sikka Opens up Infy-nite Pos­si­bil­i­ties for IT Gi­ant

In­fosys grows at 9.1% in 2015-16 but ex­pects to do much bet­ter next year and is on path to be­come an in­dus­try trend­set­ter again

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Anir­ban.Sen@ times­group.com

Ben­galuru: With a strong quar­ter, a good year and the fore­cast of even bet­ter times, In­fosys Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Vishal Sikka on Fri­day sig­nalled the re­turn of a pat­tern of nor­malcy at In­dia’s sec­ond-largest soft­ware ser­vices com­pany. By grow­ing at 9.1% in 2015-16, In­fosys did not beat the in­dus­try av­er­age—that is ex­pected to be 12.3%, ac­cord­ing to Nasscom—but said that it would do bet­ter than most this fis­cal year, and Sikka, es­pe­cially, re­it­er­ated that he was mak­ing strat­egy with his eyes on the far hori­zon which is rapidly clos­ing in.

It may take a few months be­fore the DC3 ar­rives in In­dia as it’s un­der­go­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in the UK that will en­able it to be flown over. The air­craft may fly at the pres­ti­gious Farn­bor­ough show in July.

Sourc­ing parts for the air­craft, although still in ser­vice in parts of the world, has not been easy and the en­gines have had to be com­pletely re­built. Chan­drasekhar re­fuses to say how much the restora­tion has cost.

The rel­a­tively smaller Tiger Moth was re­stored for around Rs 1 crore while the HT-291 cost the air force over Rs 2.5 crore. While not many vin­tage DC3s are avail­able in the global mar­ket, one list­ing of a re­stored 1944 DC3 pegs it at close to $5 mil­lion. In­dia did have a set of DC3s at the Su­lur air base in re­stor­able con­di­tion un­til the mid-2000s but th­ese were sub­se­quently sold as scrap.

More re­cently, in 2015, In­dia handed over a DC3 in non­work­ing con­di­tion to Bangladesh to be dis­played at a mu­seum. The air­craft played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the 1971 war as well, with sev­eral ma­jor mis­sions to in­duct troops dur­ing the Bangladesh war of lib­er­a­tion.

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