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Kerala Government Unveils
Draft IT Policy
Kerala’s Draft IT policy 2017, tabled in the State Assembly by Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, aims at creating one crore square feet of office space and providing employment directly or indirectly to 2.5 lakh people in the IT and IT-enabled Services (ITeS) sectors in the coming years.
Presenting the policy, along with sub policies for eight areas, Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan said the Government wants to make Kerala a 100 per cent e-literate society by 2020. The eight focus areas in the sub-policy include digital inclusion, e-governance, FOSS (free & open source system), industry facilitation, innovation & entrepreneurship, digital capacity building, digital procurement, digital security and disaster recovery.
The draft policy outlines the State’s vision to tap resources of the co-operative sector and NRKs to develop IT parks. It also proposes to attract investments to the IT sector and create young entrepreneurs through Startup projects. The policy also moots consolidation of IT parks – Technopark, Infopark and Cyberpark – under the single brand, ‘Kerala IT’.
The vision document also proposes the constitution of a Kerala Digital Advisory Board to implement the IT initiatives in the State in a time-bound manner. Expecting a quantum leap in startups, the policy includes the number of schemes to incentivise startups by offering funds ranging between Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh for eligible startup ventures.
Kerala State Information Technology Policy Framework 2017 – Draft
Kerala State Information Technology Policy 2017- Sub Policies and Guidelines – Draft
Budget: IT Sector Gets
RS. 549 Crore
Kerala Budget 2017-18, presented by Dr. T M Thomas Isaac, State Finance Minister, has earmarked an outlay of Rs. 549 crore for the IT sector giving major thrust to the construction of IT Parks. This includes Rs. 84 crore for Technopark, Rs. 67 crore for Infopark and Rs. 25 crore for Cyberpark; Rs. 55 crore for IT Parks in Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasargod and Koratty and also for Techno Lodges.
By the year 2020, one lakh IT jobs will be created at Infopark while Technopark will generate 75,000 jobs. An outlay of Rs. 70 crore has been made for Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme, which is a bouquet of several new and innovative schemes such as startup box campaign, startup boot camps, partner network, startup i3, entrepreneurship visit programme, Fab-Lab programme, innovation fund, seed fund etc.
The budget proposes setting up of 12 hardware parks as part of making Kerala an IT hardware manufacturing hub.
High Power Committee
to Promote Kerala IT
The state government has constituted a high power committee to promote Kerala IT. The who’s who of the IT industry has been included in the 12-member committee chaired by Mr. S D Shibulal, co-founder and former CEO & MD of Infosys.
Other members include Mr. M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, IT, GoK; Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO, Infosys; Mr. V K Mathews, Executive Chairman, IBS Group; Mr. Ajit Balakrishnan, founder CEO,; Mr. Duleep Sahadevan, Software Associates; Mr. Anthony Thomas, CIO, GE India; Mr. Dinesh Thampi, Vice President, TCS; Mr. Ashok Pammidi, Regional Director, NASSCOM; Mr. Saji Gopinath, Faculty, IIM Kozhikode; Mr. Rajesh Nair, Director, Ernst and Young and Mr. Hrishikesh R Nair, CEO, IT Parks-Kerala.
Minister Inaugurates Direct
Approcah Road From
By-Pass to Phase 3 Campus
Shri. Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Devaswom, Tourism and Cooperation, officially inaugurated the direct approach road from NH By-pass to Technopark Phase-III campus. Having a length of around 150 metre, the 18.50-metre wide road has storm water drains and ducts for utility services. The approach road, constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.70 crore, has a bridge of around 12 metre length which is designed to carry heavy load vehicles. Mr. Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark was also present on the occasion.
Help Desk for Women
Thiruvananthapuram City Police have set up a Women Help Desk at Technopark as part of strengthening security measures in the campus.
Mr. G Sparjan Kumar IPS, City Police Commissioner, formally inaugurated the facility recently. Women employees of Technopark will be able to seek the services of the help desk, which will function from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days. The services can be availed any time by dialling the helpline number 1515.
The demand for a full-fledged Women Help Desk was raised by Prathidwani, the cultural forum of Technopark employees, on various occasions. According to Mr. Pramod Kumar, Assistant Commissioner (Kazhakkoottam Cyber City), the services offered by police aid post as well as the regular patrolling being undertaken will continue. A jeep was also flagged of on the occasion to strengthen patrolling on the Technopark premises.
Women’s Day Fete at UST
UST Global, a leading digital technology services company, organised a week-long Women’s Day celebrations at its campus at Technopark. The company, in an effort to empower its women employees, provided a day-long self-defence training in collaboration with Kerala Police on the occasion. As part of its CSR initiative, the company’s NOWU (Network of Women USsociates) Team handed over furniture to the Government Town UP School, Kilimanoor. Dr. M Beena IAS, MD, KSIDC and KINFRA, and Dr. Babitha Marina Justin, writer and blogger, were the chief guests at the celebration. Ms. Hema Menon, Thiruvananthapuram Centre Head, UST Global and Mr. Umesh Kamath, Director- HR, UST Global, also addressed the employees.
EPICA Enters into JV Pact
with XENTRIX Studios
Technopark-based Epica Studios and Bengaluru-headquartered Xentrix Studios have signed a strategic joint venture (JV) agreement to produce high quality animated content for clients around the world. The JV was inked in the presence of Mr. Sohan Roy, Founder-Chairman and CEO of Aries Group, a consortium of firms under which Epica operates, and Mr. Nandish Domlur, Co-founder and CEO of Xentrix.
Epica has a state-of-the-art studio set in 16,000 sq. ft. space with 375 work stations on the Technopark campus, while Xentrix has the best expertise, techniques and animation tools with a staff strength of 600. In 10-months’ time, 250 animators would be on-boarded and in three years it will increase to 600 and the JV partners expect to clock revenues in excess of $25 million.
46th Edition of FAYA: 80 Held
The 46th edition of FAYA:80, in association with NASSCOM, took place on 1st March at the FAYA-India office, Thejaswini. The session on ‘Fuel Up JavaScript with Functional Programming’ led by Mr. Shine Xavier (Senior Architect, UST Global) was attended by over 60 technology enthusiasts from various companies in and out of Technopark.
Technopark Hosts
‘Art for All – Street Art’
‘Art For All – Street Art’ aimed at promoting social integration among people with and without disabilities was organised by SignTv and Talking Hands in association with Art For All festival 2017.
The event which saw 16 deaf artists from all over Kerala and the general public engaging in community painting in front of the Government Secretariat, helped create the much needed awareness around Deafness, Sign Language and Deaf Culture as well as discover hidden talents within the community.
The unique initiative was inaugurated by Shri. Kadakampally Surendan, Minister for Tourism, Devaswom & Cooperation, who was impressed by the intent of the program and assured to offer full support for future art programs involving differently-abled artists.
Talking Hands is a very active initiative in Technopark which has 40 deaf employees working in various companies in Technopark and a host of volunteers led by Kingsley David and Sanu Chukkiri who are focused towards creating awareness on deafness and building an inclusive and equal access culture.
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