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Feb 2, 2011

Views on Russia-India IT collaboration: Auriga participates in business meeting with RUSSOFT, NASSCOM and top government officials

A top level India-Russia business meeting took place on January 31 at the Hotel Ritz-Carlton Moscow, with T.K.A. Nair, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, and the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov as co-chairs. The event consisted of the plenary session and two roundtables: IT and Pharmaceuticals. The IT roundtable was organized by NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies), the Indian association of IT companies, and the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media. The Indian IT delegation to Russia was comprised of Chairman and President of NASSCOM, CEOs and top managers of TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Accenture, Mindtree, NIIT, and others. Participating parties from the Russian side included representatives of the leading Russian software companies and RUSSOFT association.

At the IT roundtable Auriga Founder and President Alexis Sukharev presented a keynote entitled “Combining the Strengths: Russia-India IT Cooperation”, in which he expressed his views on the synergies between the India’s IT Superpower status and excellent global perception and the Russian companies’ advantageous position in the local and EU markets and Russia’s great human IT resources pool.

Dr. Sukharev’s interest in the Indian IT industry is well-grounded: he co-authored a book on the subject and talked about prospects for IT cooperation between Russia and India in multiple articles and interviews in the top Indian and Russian newspapers and magazines, as well as at various international business events. Auriga has a longstanding experience of collaboration with India: joint projects with companies like Infosys, IT courses by professors of the International Institute of Information Technology (I2IT) of Pune in Moscow and Auriga trainers’ IT courses in Pune.

Mr. Harsh Manglik, the Chairman of NASSCOM, shared similar thoughts in the interview to Novaya Gazeta. According to Mr. Manglik, engineering services are one of the fields where an effective combined effort is possible: “Russia has an excellent technology base and has a great potential in this field. I am impressed by the level of academic mathematics knowledge in your country. It is very important for new information technologies, for which analytics and research is crucial.” - Mr. Manglik said. As for the reasons why India is interested in working with Russia, Mr. Manglik named Russia’s high talent and competency level, which can be helped by India’s experience, business models and methodologies, and expressed certainty that Russia and India will find ways of partnership in IT using their mutual history of cooperation in many other fields.


NASSCOM ( is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPO industries in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1300 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM's member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software development, software services, software products, consulting services, BPO services, e-commerce & web services, engineering services, offshoring and animation and gaming. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs over 2.32 million professionals.


RUSSOFT ( is the leading association for providers of software development services and software products in Russia; it also includes several leading companies from Belarus and Ukraine (together more than 70 companies).

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