This was the first venture of Jishi Samuel.
Sphinx Computers originated in the minds of two young engineering
students in their final years at the NSS Engineering College,
Palakkad. It was an evening at the Mens Hostel when the two
friends were lying flat on the hostel ground, staring at the
dark sky and talking about computers...
It was in 1992. It was the year when a computer lab was opened
as part of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the NSS
College of Engineering.
It was in those days that Unais, a computer whiz kid at the
hostel, used to talk a lot about computers and people used
to gather around to listen to him. He used to explain about
storage mechanisms, floppy disks, memory, CPU, file systems,
operating systems etc.
Unais, had started teaching in a training center in Palakkad.
It was one of those days the two friends seriously started
thinking about setting up a computer training center.
When they finally decided to set up the center in Calicut,
things however changed. They set up a computer assembling
center and registered it as a Small Scale Industrial Unit
and along with the help of the District Industrial Center,
began full fledged operations. Sphinx Computers was the first
registered SSI unit in Calicut dealing with computers.
As the import duty on computer parts were drastically reduced
due to the policies of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister
of India, the profit margin of assembled computer came down.
It was then that CCAD, the training division of Sphinx was
started. CCAD distinguished itself from other training institutes
in that the courses offered were technical in nature. CCAD
offered AutoCAD with LISP Programming, C programming and CLIPPER.