Srikanth Technologies

13 Years

Srikanth Technologies has just turned 13 on 24th October,2011. In this blog, I want to write about major events in its 13 years of journey.

October, 1998

Since I left my job in February, 1998 until October, 1998 I conducted classes in different places by renting the classroom. By October, 1998 I wanted to have a classroom exclusively for me. I strongly felt I should have an infrastructure of my own. So searched for a small room that could accommodate around 25 or more students and finally got one at Srinagar, Dwarakanagar. It is in the first floor of a typical house converted to commercial usage. My room was on rear side in the first floor.

I signed the agreement and started the classes in my exclusive classroom. My First class was on 24th October, 1998.

My initial resources were a Whiteboard, a table to host my demonstration PC, and 25 chairs with writing pads. My first batch was Visual Basic 6.0. And all the 25 chairs were occupied. So I used the resources to the capacity in my very first batch itself. Indeed, it’s a good beginning.

I was very particular about my schedule. I never wanted to cancel class. Neither then nor now. But power has been an issue in this part of the world. So I ensured I would go on whether there was power or not by going for Inverter, which was good enough to run the show for a few hours in the absence of electricity.

There was no glow sign board outside and no large scale advertisements. I started giving advertisements in newspapers occasionally only to inform about the batches that I would commence. I had no phone at office. So I used my residence land line phone for that purpose. Padmaja, my wife, used to handle calls in my absence. My father used to assist me by sitting in the office in my absence in the morning.

In fact, at that time there was no name to my office. All advertisements contained my name alone.

Until 2000

In early days I conducted only theory. No lab was provided.

Some students requested me to provide Lab facility in the premises, so I had to expand my one-classroom setup to include Lab and front-office. Fortunately at that time as front side room of my classroom was available, I expanded my premises to two rooms (connected through a door) – one for classroom and one for Lab and front-office. So other than me I had some staff to look after the Lab and front office.

Many students found it difficult to locate the office, so I decide to put a glow sign board. Then I thought about giving a name to my operations and finalized Srikanth Technologies. It just sounded good. That’s all. To emphasize importance of quality I added Where Quality Matters as the caption. So my first Glow Sign Board came up – with size of 3x2 feet.

Batches were filled days and sometimes even weeks ahead of the scheduled commencement date. Fortunately, enrolments of students never seemed to be an issue.

I started offering Java in 1999. It was early days of Java. There was demand to accommodate more than 25 students. So I bought some fibre chairs and increased the strength to 40. At that time even that was not enough. So I had no option but to stop taking after we reached 40.

The need to have more space was strongly felt. The size of the classroom was a constraint. We couldn’t accommodate people in that small classroom. Java was having glory days. So I had to go for another expansion.

Wonderful and crazy 2000

So I have increased the size of my class room to accommodate up to 100 students by expanding it to another room in the rear side. For this I had to remove the partition wall between those two rooms. For demonstration I used two 17” monitors. I purchased public addressing system to reach to all students with less effort. The classroom was equipped with only fans (AC era did not begin). For the first time, I had a cabin for myself.

In spite of big classroom, we at times had to say sorry to some students due to lack of space to accommodate them. That’s why I call 2000 as wonderful but a little crazy. Everybody wanted to be an IT pro. US was calling everyone. Java was the hottest topic around. Learning Java was like getting VISA to US.

Then .NET just made its entry in the form of beta version in late 2000. I conducted a seminar about it in the early 2001.

I created my website - srikanthtechnologies.com. The aim was to make our presence felt in Internet world and provide more technical content through website than what is possible through regular classes.

Hit by IT slump in 2001

We experienced a downfall of IT industry in early 2001. Dot Com (.com) bubble got burst. So it was a massive downfall for trainers like me. From 100 people in a Java class in year 2000, we came to 15 students in 2001. So my large classroom looked totally vacant. It was not about expansion, it was time to shrink the classroom size. We rebuilt the wall that we broke down before. Classroom is back to its old size. It was tough to digest the kind of downfall we have seen – especially after crazy 2000. I had to be very strong to withstand that downfall. At times I wondered what would happen? What next? Though business went down drastically, work ethic remained the same. That saved the day for us.

Then slowly things got improved. Batches were of good strength. Along with Java, .NET market picked up. Visual Basic 6.0 was gone and Visual Basic.Net came. ASP was gone and ASP.NET came. Change was all over.

September, 2004

I had decided to move to better premises. So found a place on the main road of Dwarakanagar. It is a typical shopping complex with only half of it filled at that time. I could get 1600 SFT in the second floor for a reasonable rent. We designed the new premises to have one big classroom that can accommodate 100 students, my cabin, Lab, front-office and waiting room for students.

Classroom was equipped with window AC units. We now have more spacious classroom with better ambience. Overall it is more accessible to students than the old one. Also with AC classroom the noise of fans was gone.

Srikanth Technologies was shifted to new premises in November, 2004.

Subsequently in 2007 I purchased an LCD projector for demonstration, abolishing multi-monitors demo practice. LCD projector made a lot of difference in the quality of the demonstration. It helped everyone to see the screen, no matter where they would sit in the class.

Some remained the same

Well, I never really felt the interiors must be great. I felt the content of the course must be relevant to industry. The biggest challenge is syllabus for the course. I have to spend good amount of time designing syllabus and it needs constant change to adapt to changes in industry.

We never depended on advertisement and sponsoring to reach to students. We reached students through students. For all these days, word of mouth is the only way for us to run our institute. Our advertisements are only to show the course schedule. Our intention behind advertisement is to inform and not to attract.

We never offered any discounts for any occasions. I always believed, if students think the course fee is worth paying then they pay otherwise they don’t. I never liked the idea of giving the same course for different prices to different students based on their bargaining ability or any other criteria. It is our principle to treat all students alike. Only those who have principles understand principles of others. And I cared and catered only to those.

Each batch is an opportunity for me to meet new people, share my knowledge and guide them towards right path. A topic may be old to me, but it is new to each student sitting in the class. So I want to see it from their perspective and not mine.

Ups and downs are part of the life. I don’t control recession in the world. I only control myself. I make sure I am at my best whether I have 20 students or 100 students. I make sure I am punctual and regular. These fundamentals have been the same right from the beginning. I focused on the quality of the training and course material more than anything else.

Though I carry the title Director, I am a trainer at heart. My job is not to focus on how to get more business, but focus on how to learn more and give more to students. In nutshell, I love to learn and teach.

With better infrastructure like LCD Projector, AC classroom, Cordless Mike, Wireless Mouse, Wireless Keyboard, sleek and more powerful system etc. teaching has become more fun in the recent past.

It is mobile world now. Every student owns a mobile. I make it very clear to students that classroom is a sacred place and people come here to learn. So I don’t allow people to use mobile phones in the class. Why should one come to class, if all that he/she wants is to read SMS and send SMS? Don’t we have better places for that? I prefer to keep such people at bay.

Well some students have impressed me a lot with their abilities and manners. Whenever I think of them I think of them with great affection and respect. I am very lucky to have a lot of them of that kind. For that matter, I am grateful to all students who walked into Srikanth Technologies as they trusted me. It has been my utmost effort to ensure they are not let down.

Though I take all classes, create courseware, prepare schedule etc., I could not have done all that without the help of my assistants. The people who look after LAB, front-office relieve me from a lot of work. I can pay for their work, but not to the affection and concern they show towards me.

I would like to acknowledge the support provided by Padmaja, Praneeth and Pranav, with whom I share every day of my life. I would also like to acknowledge the support provided by my parents, in-laws, siblings, friends and other well-wishers. A big Thank You to all of them.

Looking forward to acquire and share my knowledge for many more years to come.


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Posted By Vineel On 28-Oct-11 01:58:39 PM

Good Luck Sir,



Posted By Mani kumar On 28-Oct-11 02:12:16 PM

Dear Sir - First of all,let me congratulate the Srikanth Technologies for turning 13. It is a great honour to get trained in an institute like Srikanth Technologies, where ethics matter the most. The classroom environment is the one which has impressed me a lot. Your dedication, puntuality towards work has set you as a role model to me and many more.As a well-wisher, I sincerely hope that the institute will cross many such milestones.



Posted By Swathi On 28-Oct-11 02:51:57 PM

Congratulations,Sir for completing 13 successful years.

But,I think I should say 'THANK YOU' rather than 'Congratulations'.

Thank you for starting a training institution,Sir.
Thank you for sharing your hard earned knowledge.
Thank you for the inspiration,motivation,support and warmth you give to us.

Thank you,Sir !!!

You the best software trainer any student could ask for.



Posted By Vanaja On 28-Oct-11 03:19:28 PM

Hearty Congratulations to Mr. Srikanth, and to everyone at Srikanth Technologies, on your 13th anniversary. At Srikanth Technologies, we admire your commitment to excellence in education. Kudos!

You’ve put a spotlight on education in Vizag City! Keep it up, keep it shining!!!

I really appreciate your belief in the power of education to change people’s lives and enable them to “reach the stars through hard work.” I hope most of all, watching the excitement of your students learning and reaching the new heights will never cease to amaze you :-)

Congratulations to you and the entire staff once again for your dedicated and thoughtful work in reaching this milestone, and please accept my best wishes for a memorable year and continued successs of Srikanth Technologies. Bravo!



Posted By sudha On 28-Oct-11 04:56:58 PM

congratulations sir! wish you all the best for the many more years to come.



Posted By lalitha On 28-Oct-11 05:23:27 PM

Congrats guruji ! Its my pleasure to read this blog and say simply " ur the BEST ". ur Punctuality,hardwork,dedication etc etc are always inspiring to all the students like me.. ur the secret behind all the successfull students of ST...Keep rocking....



Posted By Naidu On 28-Oct-11 06:14:24 PM

Congrats for srikanthtechnologies for successfully completing 13 yrs.



Posted By Prasad@Capgemini On 28-Oct-11 08:06:13 PM

Congratulations Sir



Posted By Manogna On 28-Oct-11 10:14:06 PM

"A topic may be old to me, but it is new to each student sitting in the class. So I want to see it from their perspective and not mine." - I believe this is something which can make a teacher THE BEST one and anyone who attended your classes know very well they can never enjoy a course better than this. "Enjoy" is the word I chose to use for "Learning" because one enjoys learning in ST.

The balance you had during ups and downs is just amazing. I just hope I learn that sooner than later. After reading experiences you had in the last 13 years I just have one word to say - YOU ARE THE BEST, SIR.

Congrats for ST's successful completion of 13 years and your experience as a Successful Trainer for 20 years. Wish you all the very Best in Life. Wish you many more memorable events in years to come.



Posted By Ravi Mugi On 28-Oct-11 11:24:35 PM

Sir, my hearty congratulations for 13th anniversary of srikanthtechnologies....
Its verry happy to read your blog sir, i heard from most of them that u r a hard-worker and by reading this blog i got to know abt that , and u learn urself by making notes nd all....
and explore them to the students... By ur teachings..
After i joined in ur institute for learning .net course i felt that it was true ( what i heard from my seniours ) your way of teaching is awesome, even a student with low grasping power can easily understand ur lecture, and ur material is too good by providing all important things (prepared by ur own with wonderful examples) and easy to understand, only after listening to ur class...
And i liked the motivation given to the students during the class, and that inspired me a lot and the quotations u utter during the class are very meaningful and reaches to the heart and makes the students to get inspired and follow in ur path...

And in this blog i like 4th paragraph of "some remained the same"

i wish u all the good luck for "srikanth technologies"



Posted By Narasimha On 31-Oct-11 09:28:40 AM

Heartiest Congratulations for completing 13 years.

Just Like Steve Waugh in Cricket,you also gave grit a good name in training field.You are definitely an inspiration to younger lot.



Posted By Chandra On 01-Nov-11 10:14:51 AM

Congrats!! Sir



Posted By ramesh naidu On 02-Nov-11 02:17:29 PM

Dear Srikanth sir ,first let me tell a very big 'THANK YOU ' to you,to have an opportunity of having a big brand image like ' I AM A SRIKANTH SIR'S STUDENT.
I have recently finished java at you sir,apart from the course the things that can learn from you are more and many more,but mention a few are the commitement,the punctuality,the quality,the personality...we can't find anywhere else.as a student of B.E.,M.B.A an an employee of 8 yrs experience i never come across such a kind of personality.really we are blessed.
finally Congratulations to you and the entire staff for your dedicated and thoughtful work in reaching this milestone, I sincerely hope that the institute will cross many such milestones.thank u for giving me an oppurtunity to express.






Posted By Vykuntarao On 02-Nov-11 07:52:18 PM

Hi Srikanth sir, My heartly congratulations for ST's 13th aniversary.I walked into ST on May 17th 2006 for JAVA EE. after this I attended several workshops and .NET 3.5 on May 13 2008. I like your teaching very much.your puntuality towards class has made you as my role model.All the best for your future Endeavors and finally I am feeling very proud to say "I am a Srikanth Technology's Product".



Posted By Ganesh On 03-Nov-11 04:18:56 PM

Congratulations Sir, feeling happy for the completion of 13 years successfully..
In precise for students like me :- you are the GOD of technolgies and Srikanth Technologies is the temple. Getting trained in this temple has made me to set up a very good mark in IT Companies.. and i always feel very happy that i made a very good choice to come to your institute. Articles , Projects, Programs .. listed in your website helped me a lot during project development.

Thanks a lot sir.



Posted By sree ranganath On 08-Nov-11 11:24:52 PM

congratlations and goodlucksir



Posted By Durga Anupindi On 15-Nov-11 10:28:52 AM

Dear Srikanth,

Congratulations!!!

I was your student in the year 2001 and again I like to be your student to get knowledge in the latest technologies.

Best of luck.

Regards,
Durga.



Posted By SIVA GANESH On 20-Nov-11 11:10:45 PM

Congratulations....
You are awesome.. You are unique in teaching...



Posted By Kiran Reddy On 25-Nov-11 11:33:08 AM

Dear Srikanth,

I couldn't get away from this page without leaving a comment.

Firstly thank you for building such a great site with most valuable information for the upcoming techies. Congratulations for your success.

Warmest Regards,
Kiran Reddy



Posted By sudha On 11-Jan-12 06:58:40 AM

wish you & and your family Happy new year & Pongal sir.



Posted By Madan On 21-Jan-12 01:34:02 PM

u dont giv up. dats the secret.
Al d best sir... :-)



Posted By Shrikant On 19-Mar-12 10:58:18 AM

A Gratitude
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This is not about the technical aspect it is about the attitude with values.

After every class attended, I appreciated not only the content but also the style. This can't be told personally so putting it in this. And after that knowing the personality of a person becomes more itense. I would like people to read this not just for reading but for understanding the man/personality behind.
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Excerpts from the blog:
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Indeed, it’s a good beginning.

I was very particular about my schedule. I never wanted to cancel class.
Neither then nor now.

Then I thought about giving a name to my operations and finalized Srikanth Technologies. It just sounded good. That’s all.

That’s why I call 2000 as wonderful but a little crazy. Everybody wanted to be an IT pro. US was calling everyone. Java was the hottest topic around. Learning Java was like getting VISA to US.

It was tough to digest the kind of downfall we have seen – especially after crazy 2000. It had to be very strong to withstand that downfall.
Though business went down drastically, work ethic remained the same.

We never depended on advertisement and sponsoring to reach to students. We reached students through students. For all these days, word of mouth is the only way for us to run our institute.Our advertisements are only to show the course schedule. Our intention behind advertisement is to inform and not to attract.

Each batch is an opportunity for me to meet new people, share my knowledge and guide them towards right path. A topic may be old to me, but it is new to each student sitting in the class. So I want to see it from their perspective and not mine.

Ups and downs are part of the life. I don’t control recession in the world. I only control myself. I make sure I am at my best whether I have 20 students or 100 students. I make sure I am punctual and regular. These fundamentals have been the same right from the beginning. I focused on the quality of the training and course material more than anything else.

In nutshell, I love to learn and teach.

It is mobile world now. Every student owns a mobile. I make very clear to students that classroom is a sacred place and people come here to learn. So I don’t allow people to use mobile phones in the class. Why should one come to class, if all that he/she wants is to read SMS and send SMS? Don’t we have better places for that. I prefer to keep such people at bay.

Well some students have impressed me a lot with their abilities and manners. Whenever I think of them I think of them with great affection and respect. I am very lucky to have a lot of them of that kind. For that matter, I am grateful to all students who walked into Srikanth Technologies as they trusted me. It has been my utmost effort to ensure they are not let down.

The people who look after LAB, front-office relieves me from a lot of work. I can pay to their work, but not to the affection and concern they show towards me.

Looking forward to acquire and share my knowledge for many more years to come.
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Wish you all the best for the years to come...



Posted By ramakrishna On 07-Apr-12 09:30:38 AM

i am proud to be ur student......



Posted By Ranganath On 15-Aug-12 03:07:46 PM

Congratulations Srikanth Sir... and Big thank you for sharing your knowledge..wishing you for many more successful years.



Posted By sai subramanyam chittilla On 18-Aug-12 01:21:55 AM

Sir it is your classes that lead me today into a softwaree engineering position at thomson reuters, I still in the learning phase of spring and hibernate and I can always fall back on you for your help



Posted By Sadu Anand Kumar On 28-Nov-12 09:47:09 AM

Really great..And I strongly believe that today I am able to post this comment from my office cabin because once upon a time I was his student.I would like to Congratulate Srikanth Sir with all my heart:)