|CHRISTO GEORGE: ENTERPRENEUR WHO STARTED THE HYCON GROUP OF COMPANIES|
was the attitude of Christo George even as a small boy. As a school
boy he was fond of books. But
the there was no library at school. Undaunted,
he used to buy a book, read it and then lend it to his friends at a
subscription rate. With the
income so generated, he would buy his next book and so on.
Thus, by the time he was in his 7th standard, he had a
collection of more than 1000 books.
next venture was an offshoot of his interest in aquariums.
Christo made it a profitable venture by selling out rare breeds of
aqua plants and goldfish to friends and wholesalers as far as Chennai.
With the money so earned, he bought his first bike, a TVS 50 when
he was in the 9th standard.
student of Cochin University of Science And Technology, he had to complete
an internship. Students would
usually approach big firms to do it. But
to Christo, it was an opportunity to lay the foundation of his future
enterprises. He thought of
improving the water motor system, which in those days was kept outside the
house. Thus its operation at
night was inconvenient to the owners.
So he envisioned a hydro level controller system, and from it the
name of his company, Hycon. By
the time he was 22, he started the firm with a capital of Rs.50000 and
manpower of 5 employees.
then it has been a story of success. Hycon
is a pioneering presence in the field of power electronics with
diversified activities like medical transcription, IT, lighting and solar
energy. Christo, who considers
himself one among the 350 motivated employees, is keen than the company
bring out atleast one new product every year to improve the living of
has been the recipient of many awards, the prominent among them being The
National Award for Quality Products (1997) and Rashtriya Rattan Award for
Outstanding Individual Achievement and Service to the Nation.
(editorial), Margadarshi, The Times Group, August 2004
"A great fortune is a great slavery."