“What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever.”
― David McGee
Born in 1979, he belongs to Mirdaul village in Forbesganj, Bihar. Amit comes from a humble and poor background, his father Moti Babu was a farmer and his mother, a house wife. He went to government schools in Supaul and Saharsa districts before completing his intermediate in science from A.N College in Patna. Till 1997, he didn’t know a word of English. “I wanted to do something on my own. I wanted to be an engineer but my family could not afford that. So, I thought about fishery. But I was told one needs at least Rs 25,000 to begin. Someone suggested I go to Delhi and try for a computer operator’s job. It would fetch me Rs 3,000 a month. My father was against it, but I pleaded with him.” He ran away from home with Rs 250 in his pocket to Delhi to study engineering. Once in Delhi, Amit realised that he could not afford an engineering degree.
He refused to give up. His passion for computers took him to the office of a private computer training center (NIIT). “There, I looked blank when the lady at the reception asked me, ‘When did you come?’ I couldn’t understand what she was saying. The lady told me, I need to know English. I was refused admission,” Das said. Seeing him so dejected on a DTC bus, a co-passenger asked him the reason. He was advised to join an English speaking course. “I joined the Delhi-based British School of Language for three months. On completion, I went back to NIIT and got admission into a six-month course. I topped the course and got a chance to do a three-year programme. I then took admission to a BA correspondence course. NIIT recruited me as faculty at Rs 500. By 2002, my salary had risen to Rs 1,500. I was offered to go to England for a project but declined. I wanted to do something on my own.” said Amit.
He took a 10 by 10 feet space in Bharat Nagar, Delhi and started his own software company. For months there were no projects. “So, I used to teach Jamia Millia Islamia students till 8 pm and then make soft wares till 3 am. Small projects began coming my way, and my first job (order) was worth Rs 5,000,” he said. Unable to afford laptops, Das would carry CPUs in public buses to show softwares to his clients. “I cleared the Microsoft professional examination. During this time, I developed and patented software named ERSys” he said. Das opened his own firm from a cybercafé, with a few thousand rupees he had saved up. Today the firm has clients in 40 countries.
In 2006, Das went to attend a software fair in Australia. In 2008, he shifted to Sydney to start his own company. “Today I have employed 200 persons in my office located in Dubai, London, Sydney, New Delhi and Patna,” Amit told TOI. The total turnover of ‘ISOFT’ is around Rs 150 crore, “In 2010, I participated in the Bihar NRI meet and got this idea to do something for Bihar.
Amit has successfully established the Sydney, Australia Chapter of Bihar Foundation. He also went on to become the founder secretary of the Bihar Foundation. He is also an Executive Member of AIBC (Australian Indian Business Council). At the age of 33, he is the youngest person to receive the “Bihar Asmita Samman” for his outstanding work and important contributions.
After his father’s death in 2009, he came out of the shock immediately to do something positive that every father would be proud of. He started working on the MBIT (Moti Babu Institute Of Technologies), named after his father Moti Lal, at Forbesganj in Araria district “we’ve been able to rope in a number of national and international agencies to set up MBIT, a state-of-the-art institution having academic alliance with the Technical and Further Education Commission” Das said. The College is affiliated to Aryabhatta Knowledge University. The College has an initial intake capacity of 300 in 5 branches of Engineering.
Apart from MBIT, Amit wants to initiate projects that are worth several hundred crores under his “Matrabhumi Project”. A world class medical college cum super specialty hospital at Forbesganj, an international residential school for the children of poor farmers at Mirdaul. Another school with international standards at Forbesganj is among those projects that have been already initiated. These initiatives while providing quality education and employment to the underprivileged will also be helpful in improving the state’s image which will in turn attract a larger number of NRIs to invest in Bihar. He intends to make India the most sought after talent hub of the 21st century, while focusing on research and development. He wants India to be the global leader in both these spheres. “Despite many challenges, this project became successful beyond imagination. If any work is done with good intention, dedication, determination and with blessings of elders then it will always be successful no matters what comes in the way”, Das said.