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`Upgrade infrastructure to boost IT'

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GITEX 2007 showcases State's initiatives in IT and ITES sectors



PLANS FOR THE FUTURE: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy looking at layouts of proposed SEZs at the inauguration of GITEX 2007 in Hyderabad on Tuesday. — PHOTO: P.V. Sivakumar

HYDERABAD: India has everything going right for it and if infrastructure is upgraded and human resources tuned to industry needs, it will continue doing well on the Information Technology and IT-enabled services front, B. Ramalinga Raju, chairman, Satyam Computers has said.

He was speaking after receiving the `Top Exporter in IT Sector' award from Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at the inaugural of GITEX 2007 and IndiaSoft 2007 here on Tuesday.

Huge potential

Responding to Mr. Raju, the Chief Minister, in his inaugural address, said the Government surely understood the need for infrastructure upgradation and was doing it. However, the industry's potential was so huge and growing that it was still found wanting. "We assure you infrastructure, roads, uninterrupted power, satellite townships, outer ring roads, everything needed for unimpeded growth of the industry," he said.

Dr. Reddy regretted that the strike rate of engineering and computer graduates getting into jobs had only grown to 22 per cent from eight per cent two years ago. He said that it was with focus on the IT field that Andhra Pradesh had successfully taken up the Jawahar Knowledge Centres (JKC) initiative.

From 1,600 JKC students getting jobs in the first year, about 8,000 of them were employed this year, he said. "This last mile reach was what we were striving to provide through JKCs. I wish the 22 per cent strike rate will touch 60 per cent soon," he said.

K. Ratna Prabha, Principal Secretary-IT & C, welcomed the gathering, providing an outline of Andhra Pradesh's initiatives on the IT and ITES sectors. Others present at the inaugural included Jainder Singh, Union Secretary, IT & C, Nalin Kohli, chairman, Electronics and Computer Software Export Council that put together the seventh edition of IndiaSoft 2007. Mr. Kohli said the response to IndiaSoft was encouraging every year. It was meant only to serve as a platform for small and medium enterprises and small buyers in smaller nations to meet and do business.

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