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Chamber to locate 25 acres of land for `computer park'

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" Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran in touch with Chamber to give shape to the project"

MADURAI : The process to identify 25 acres of land for establishing a `computer park' in Madurai has been taken up by the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce as there is a vast potential in the region, K. Alagu, an office-bearer of the chamber, said here.

Addressing students at the inauguration of a two-day national conference on `mobile computing and data mining,' organised by the Department of Computer Science at the EMG Yadava Women's College, he said the Union Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, was in touch with the chamber to give shape to the park project in Madurai.

Mr. Alagu said the chamber was looking for the land either from the State Government or private parties and the Union Minister had assured that buildings/infrastructure would be provided by the Central Government in a bid to promote software industry in the region.

Citing the statistics provided by the Union Minister recently, he said software exports from Madurai was only Rs.30 lakhs despite the availability of vital infrastructure like airport and many engineering colleges that provided the technical manpower each year.

Inaugurating the University Grants Commission-sponsored conference, P. Maruthamuthu, Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, said the country's contribution to information technology (IT) was enormous and Madurai too must attempt to become a IT hub by claiming its inherent strengths.

He pointed out that the knowledge era had no geographical barriers and woman graduates could enter into key areas like biotechnology, microbiology and nano-technology besides software industry.

E. M. G. Soundara Rajan, president and secretary of the college, and Siva Mathavan, vice-president, were among those present.

The Principal, K. Vasantha, and head of Computer Science department, T. Vasantha, spoke.

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