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Software exports hover around Rs. 1,100 cr.

Laiqh A. Khan

‘Companies in Mysore register increase in exports of nearly 44 per cent compared to last fiscal’


MYSORE: Software worth around Rs. 1,100 crore was exported from Mysore during the financial year 2007-08.

J. Parthasarathy, outgoing Director of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Bangalore, told The Hindu that software companies in Mysore, had registered an increase in exports of about 44 per cent to touch Rs. 1,100 crore from the Rs. 760 crore recorded last year.

“Software exports figures from Mysore have been very encouraging. The city has retained the number 2 position in the State, next only to Bangalore, and is followed by Mangalore”, he said.

Five new software companies had started their operations in Mysore in the last financial year, taking the total number of software firms in the city to 53, Mr. Parthasarathy said.

“These are provisional figures. The final figures will be announced after the annual performance reports of the software companies are received”, he said.

Mysore, which had overtaken Mangalore in software exports during the financial year 2006-07, continued to maintain its lead over the coastal city. Ever since software firms began operations in Mysore in the late nineties, the city has been trailing behind Mangalore.

The setting up of Infosys brought about a major turnaround in the evolution of the historic city into a bustling Information Technology centre.

Infosys, which has been increasing its workforce at the software development centre in Mysore during the last two to three years, accounted for a major portion of software export from the city.

But a number of other players, including a few home-grown companies, had exported significant quantity of software, STPI officials said.

Apart from Infosys, Mysore is also home to IT companies like Wipro, L&T, Software Paradigms, Excel Soft and ICAD, to name a few.

That the software industry here has managed to make a mark despite the economic recession in the U.S., appreciation of the Indian rupee and political uncertainty in the State is an indication of Mysore’s potential to emerge as an IT destination of promise, according to experts in the IT industry.

Mr. Parthasarathy said that Mysore would emerge as a twin city to Bangalore in the coming years if travel duration between the two cities, separated by 140 km, was reduced.

Though the existing highway between Mysore and Bangalore is considered to be good, the connectivity between the two cities can improve dramatically after the railway track doubling work and the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor expressway are completed.

Many experts from the IT industry, including Mr Parthasarathy have favoured high-speed trains between the two cities. An improvement in connectivity would lead to the trend of professionals working in Bangalore and staying in Mysore or vice-versa. “This will help Mysore as well as Bangalore”, an expert said.

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