What do we need to progress in our life? Achieving one’s dreams or goals require much more than a traditional education. It is the countless appurtenant supplementary and add-ons that are of much significance, that complete us. We need skills such as IT, soft skills, life skills, and foreign languages, amongst others, that make us whole and take us to the pinnacle of success.
It is a privilege for us to bring forth such a personality who doesn’t just personify the mentioned skills but is very much content with instilling them in our nation’s workforce. We present to you, Dr. Pratik Surana, Chief Mentor and Founder of Quantum Info trainers and Consultants Pvt Ltd.
Dr. Surana not only helps people develop life skills but he is a living example of proving wrong the disbelief of “Only after you study Engineering–Medical, you have a bright career.” Living by this mantra, he moved his track to Arts stream after completing an entire year of ‘Engineering’, and started his transition in a new direction.
No one would have imagined his brilliant virtue in his field back in 2000s. With his ingenious work, Dr. Pratik Surana changed the parameters of the age by conceptualizing ‘Personality Development’ as another area of work for a successful career.
“My aim is to create at least one million emotionally literate individuals by 2030 and make an entrepreneur every year”
The Commencement of the Curious Mind
Dr. Surana had a very humble beginning. His entire childhood was enriched because of his diverse experiences. His father had a business in photography and also worked as a real estate agent. Little Pratik had this curiosity of ‘why?’ throughout his childhood. He couldn’t comprehend the same question, which led him to become what he is today.
With excellence at language lessons and a quick grip at science, Dr. Surana pursued Engineering. However, soon he lost his interest and parted ways with this stream. Later, taking admission in B.A and B Com (Bachelor of Arts and Commerce simultaneously from two different universities at the same time) and being a helping hand to the family business, he came across an advertisement offering computer courses franchise. He took part in it and formed a partnership with his friends to open the franchisee.
The venture ran considerably for the next two years, however, once again, fresh opportunities on the new horizons were luring him. Going against a tough family decision, in 1995, Dr. Surana enrolled for a Management Course in Mumbai.
There he faced difficulties settling in. Yet, surpassing all the hurdles, he excelled in the first year with eyes set on Advertising and Branding for the subsequent year. There he came under the guidance of the ‘Ad Guru’ himself, Mr. Bharat Dabholkar. Mr. Dabholkar took Dr. Surana under his wing and provided him with a million-dollar experience.
After successfully completing MBA in 1997, despite being in a job, his desire for his ‘creative’ willingness to do something new, something fresh, drove him back to Mr. Dabholkar. Mr. Dabholkar perceived Dr. Surana’s motivation and his use of free time as he used to guide and recommend others. His suggestions turned out to be helpful and realistic.
Mr. Dabholkar advised him to provide the internal training itself. And this was the eureka moment that set up the ‘corporate training world’ in front of Dr. Surana. However, once again, while Dr. Surana was working in internal coaching, he caught the wind of a business proposal. There was an individual that wanted to form a franchisee of his computer institute. This franchise was of the large company – ‘Data-pro.’ He received the ‘Data-Pro’ franchisee and began his own institute in the Aundh region in 1999.
Later, the attack on America’s World Trade Center made ‘Data-Pro’ to decide to shut down the firm. The company would not return its royalty cash according to its agreement with the business. In that scenario, to return the money of their learners, it was essential to take a loan. It was a time of emergency.
During this crisis, Dr. Surana’s wife Anshima became the beacon of light. She came up with the idea to provide students with the same training just under a new different name and certification. She pursued students herself and assisted them in understanding the importance of their certificate and their future employment abilities. And this way, the first batch of Quantum Technologies graduated in 2001.
Taking Matter into His Own Hands
Today, under Dr. Surana’s excellent leadership, Quantum Infotrainers & Consultants plays a crucial role in addressing the industry gaps by training measures to build skills, supplement education, and broaden horizons through a variety of studies. The company improves the expertise of trainees in modern technologies such as organizational, administrative, and behavioural expertise. It helps them satisfy the needs of professional workers in the sector.
Over the years, the firm has served several satisfied clients, which include names like HSBC, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Tech Mahindra, TATA Auto components, Tata Tele Services, Coca-cola, Vodafone, Hitachi Consulting, and many more.
With their prolific services of the highest standard, innovative methodologies, qualitative output and market-oriented programs such as consultancy and executive coaching, Quantum Infotrainers & Consultants emphasis on coaching practices through a mix of conventional and new techniques. Headquartered in Pune, the firm operates across India and Singapore (ASEAN Region) with trainers and clients in UK, USA, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Turkey, Serbia, and Slovenia.
The Peak Continues
After the company’s formation, it was just the right time to expand and reach the zenith of success. In 2006, Dr. Surana completed his MCA and brought ‘IT,’ ‘Soft Skill,’ ‘Life Skill’ and ‘Foreign Language’ under the banner of Quantum Info trainers and Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
Later in 2010, he did some research and got enrolled at an autonomous university for his Ph.D. There, he discovered that the Indian Companies provide similar, excellent training at a reduced price compared to the British and American Companies. Consequently, he worked hard and created two partners in England. In Vietnam, Serbia, and Slovakia, he has one partner each. He began his business in Singapore independently.
In 2014, he established a company called Quantum trainings Pte Ltd, in Singapore. The company has been engaged in various ASEAN geographies such as Singapore, The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. In 2016, he completed his Ph. D. in Emotional Intelligence from University of Southampton UK.
Dr. Surana cites his entire journey as a distinct route. Without fail, he expresses his appreciation towards his parents and friends alongside his neighbors and business partners. He deliberately points N. R. Narayana Murthy, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Dalai Lama, Azim Premji, Ratan Tata, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Tim Lee Young to be his idols.
Dr. Surana has come a long way in overcoming the qualities of rhetoric, foresight, perseverance, self-motivation, and tribulations. While he says, “Enjoy what you are doing,” he also leaves resolutions, “I want to create at least one million emotionally literate individuals by 2030 and make an entrepreneur every year.”
Mission One Million Roadmap
With the set agenda of acknowledging emotions, Dr. Surana wants to contribute to society by assisting people by making them emotionally literate. He is of the opinion that emotional literacy can enhance the productivity, happiness, and overall quality of life. He plans to change the fabric of society.
The plan entails core sectors, including educational institutes, police department, and healthcare. The core reason behind the selection of these are based on the fact that a common Indian visit such sectors once in his/her life time. Our schools contribute and shape our future; healthcare workers deal with the biggest threats to the humankind; and law enforcement officers can bring out the biggest change in the society.
Quantum Info trainers and Consultants Pvt. Ltd. aims to conduct introductory sessions where people will understand emotions and how they impact our daily life. It will create a movement that will change the course of society by producing more emotional awareness. And in order to do so, the firm needs help from media partners, schools as venue partners, snacks and beverage partners, officers in the departments, and of course volunteers. The firm has set all kinds of benefits for partners as well as for volunteers.