Google, Wipro and others give a boost to IT sector in Andhra Pradesh
news Saturday, October 04, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | September 30, 2014 | 7.10 pm IST Andhra Pradesh will be made the number one digital state in the country, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on Monday. A conclave of CEOs of Information Technology companies conducted on Monday in Vishakapatnam, some major IT companies announced their plan to invest in the state. Google, after signing the Digital India Initiative with the centre, singed a similar project with the state. Managing Director of Google India Rajan Anandan inked the MoU with the state government officials in presence of the CM. The project aims to increase the penetration of the internet in the state. It will work with academic institutions to create content in Telugu available in the internet. Wipro announced that it will develop IT/ITES zones in an area of 1.22 hectares in the state. The government said that it will convert the area into a SEZ. The number of IT jobs at this zone alone would go up by 7,000. The AP government also inked a MoU with a Kochi-based start-up Village for managing a Technology Research and Incubation Park in the state. The company will work with various stakeholders, including universities, colleges and students along with industry and private partners, to build a world-class start-up ecosystem, reported NDTV. Another MoU was inked with Tech Mahindra which will set up a facility in Vishakapatnam that will employ over 5,000 people. In the existing Gambheeram IT SEZ, the government allotted 13 acres to Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER), an autonomous research lab for research and development. The CM said that Tessolve, Intense and CoMakeIT have initiated talks witht eh state government to set up their facilities in the state. He vowed that he will make a Silicon corridor in Vishakapatnam similar to the one in USA. He also said that he wished to create a Signature Tower in Madhurawada with a floor space of one million square feet, to symbolize the resurgence of the IT sector in the state.