Parag Saxena is the CEO of New Silk Route Partners, one of India’s largest Private Equity (PE) funds with a primary focus on India and the Southeast Asia markets. He tells ‘India Global Business’ about the company’s journey since inception in 2006 to becoming a leading Asia-focused growth capital firm with $1.4 billion under management.
How is New Silk Route contributing to the Indian growth story?
New Silk Route was formed with the belief that as India’s GDP per capita grows, the scope to fulfil the basic needs of the country’s large part population will also grow. Our investments have therefore been structured around themes that meet these various needs.
We have a million people graduating every month. If we don’t find good jobs for them, we will turn what the world regards as our demographic dividend into a demographic disaster. Education and skill development is a crucial theme for us.
In our fund right now, we have one of the largest companies in the tutoring business. They tutor children for medical school and engineering entrance examinations. The period that we have been an investor in the company in the last five years or so, they have significantly increased the number of students that they are providing services to – now nearly half a million. And, the company itself is succeeding and is one of the major successes of our portfolio.
Skill development is a very frequently used word but not enough is being done about it.