Operators work at 108 GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute's control room at Kathwada, some 30 kms. from Ahmedabad on July 17, 2010. A recent issue of The Harvard Business Review states that GVK Emergency Medical Research Institute (EMRI)-led 108 emergency service is fast emerging as a leading organisation in the emergency health sector worldwide owing to its cost-effective method and public-private partnership model. Covering some 366 million people in the Indian states of Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Chennai, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Assam, making it the world's largest emergency management entity. AFP PHOTO/Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)


INDIA’S biggest software exporters reported a surge in net profits on Friday (12) thanks to strong revenue growth and a slew of big new deals.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT outsourcing firm, said profits for the quarter ending March 2019 rose 17.7 per cent from the same period a year ago.

The Mumbai-based company notched £899.78 million in consolidated net profits for fourth quarter of the financial year 2018-19, up from 761.34m on-year.

TCS said its revenues has grown 18.5 per cent for the quarter year-on-year.

“This is the strongest revenue growth that we have had in the last fifteen quarters,” said CEO Rajesh Gopinathan in a statement.

“Our order book is bigger than in the prior three quarters, and the deal pipeline is also robust,” he added.

TCS’s rival Infosys, India’s second-largest IT outsourcing firm, reported a more than 10 per cent rise in its quarterly profits.

The Bangalore-headquartered company said consolidated net profit for the quarter ended March 2019 notched £448.91m.

That was up from the £406.64m recorded in the same period the previous year, a rise of 10.5 per cent.

Infosys said revenues soared 19.1 per cent to £2375.27m.

It added that 101 new clients were added during the quarter, bringing their total client count to 1,279.

“We have completed the first year of our transformation journey with strong results on multiple dimensions including revenue growth, performance of our digital portfolio, large deal wins, and client metrics,” chief executive Salil Parekh said in a statement.

“This is a reflection of our increased client relevance stemming from our focus on digital, positioning, and longstanding client relationships,” he added.

India’s £114 billion IT sector has long been one of the country’s flagship industries as companies around the world take advantage of its skilled English-speaking workforce.

Indian IT firms are undergoing a period of change in the face of automation and new technologies but continue to boast healthy balance sheets.

(AFP)