April 5, 2006

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Christo George, Hycon Group of Companies

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Enterprising, 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.

His 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.

As a 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.

From 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 society.

He 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.    

Courtesy: Nageena Vijayan (editorial), Margadarshi, The Times Group, August 2004
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