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By Dhrumil Dhakan

Coming from humble beginnings, Santadyuti Samanta managed to reach new heights in his career, with aspirations that constantly pushed him to achieve great things, he carved out a satisfying career in his deeply loved field of interest – technology and problem solving.

According to him, “discovering your purpose in life and looking for opportunities for growth while continuing to learn on the job is the key to living a successful life”. Talking about his personal growth over the years and his career trajectory, he talked about his first job at Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) and his stint at his current company, Tata Power DDL, saying that the working culture of both organizations helped him. develop an open mindset and work flexibly while extending expertise across technology, finance, HR, etc.

Recalling his years as an electrical engineering graduate at Jadavpur University in Kolkata and his first stint at CESC, he says, “CESC as an organization has a great technological heritage. We were given the freedom to experiment and work on new technologies and that’s where I feel my journey really began. Setting up an in-house SCADA and managing substation operations remotely without the need for a lot of manpower was a real learning curve for me at the very beginning of my career. »

Samanta shares her experience on implementing the first arm of technology transformation with substation automation, SCADA. Tata Power Delhi was the first company in India to operate with completely unmanned substations, and technology and automation were the main enablers behind this. Presenting the benefits of traditional IT and OT to the world, he says the SCADA automation substation has enabled better load management by the end of the year, setting a course on technology for smart grid. “Tata Power-DDL embraced cybersecurity in 2007 and integrated IT & OT in 2010 and the marriage between the two helped solve real-time challenges,” he says.

“All of this has helped Tata Power-DDL to be internationally recognized in the Smart Grid Index and to become a preferred R&D utility partner for national and international players,” adds Samanta.

The pandemic has undoubtedly been a major setback for everyone, but it has boosted demand for technology. Speaking about this phase of his career, he says: “Covid was very difficult for humanity, but for a technology leader, it was the biggest challenge we faced and at the same time, we had a lot of opportunities. “.

He remembers the first six months of the pandemic, considering it one of his greatest challenges in his career, along with the constant cybersecurity threats as well as the lack of resources and preparation. Speaking of the same, he says, “Suddenly people are being forced to work from home and many apps are being built for office work, putting customers in their machine, organizing that number of laptops, increasing the band Internet bandwidth, very fast identification of transactions that need to be done remotely and building that on a very lightweight application, so it can be run from the Internet.

Covering an incredible journey throughout his career, his origins were equally humble, growing up in the small town of Midnapore, located in West Bengal. Samanta recalls the cultural change he witnessed when he moved to Kolkata for higher education.

In 1996, after graduating in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Samanta joined her first organization, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC). Reminiscing about his time there, he says, “Technically, from an electrical technology point of view, this technology is very rich, very old, and it has a great legacy, so we were allowed to experiment because of the age of the organization, it was a need, which is why we created the first in-house SCADA.

Despite having many accomplishments to his name throughout his career, he believes he has yet to achieve anything big due to his different view of success which is not solely based on rewards and rewards. rewards.

His college professors, who were part of DRDO and had worked with Dr Abdul Kalam, were responsible for his view of achievement and rewards when they reminded him, when he skipped class one day. , the type of education he received at university.

“That time he said you had to give it back because it came from the people who run this nation and their children don’t get that part. They sacrifice their part for your well-being,” Samanta recalled.

Santadyuti also emphasized the importance of managing stress by not avoiding it, as it can lead you into difficult situations and if the situation is out of your control, there is no point in worrying about it. In addition to taking care of it, he thanks his wife and family for helping him through the stress by simply talking about it.

Talking about his family, he mentions his father’s teachings, “We are born into this society, for the good of society, that’s all and our life means nothing, we are supposed to work hard, as hard as we can, just because we were born for it and if we think about the result, we can think, it’s uncertain, the moment we depend on the result, then going becomes easy.


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