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GoI to setup IT infra in J&Okay: Prasad


Srinagar, Jan 22:
Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and
Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad Wednesday said Government will setup
every required infrastructure for development and export of IT products from
J&K UT.

He said this
after inaugurating the incubation facility at Srinagar Technology Parks of
India Srinagar.

Advisor to Lt
Governor Farooq Khan, DG STPI Dr Omkar Rai, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr
Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary, CEO Mission Youth Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Director
STPI Srinagar Asim Ahmed Khan was also present on the occasion.

 

“The incubation
facility will provide opportunities to IT entrepreneurs by providing
plug-n-play and other digital infrastructure along with regulatory support to
develop and export IT products from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,”
he said.

Later the
Minister had a tour of the STPI complex where officials informed him about the
various facilities provided by the center for software entrepreneurs of
J&K.

He also
interacted with young entrepreneurs and IT experts of some software companies
who are using the space and other facilities of the STPI for development and
export of their softwares for the outside market.

The additional
facility of about 24,000 sqft will meet the growing demand of IT/ITES MSMEs of
the region.

The officials
informed the Minister that J&K has three STP units; employing around 140
resources are registered with STPI.  They
added that for financial year of 2019-20, estimated exports from these units
are expected to be around Rs 6.76 crore.

The Minister
directed the officials to facilitate young software developers and encourage
them to become successful software development entrepreneurs.

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On the occasion,
DG STPI informed the Minister that MEITY and STPI are in the process of getting
various collaborating partners onboard to setup centers of excellence in the
areas of Agritech, Horticulture under IOT domain.

To establish
these COEs, STPI is working with Higher Education Department of J&K for
allocation of space at University of Jammu and SP College Srinagar.

Later, the Union
Minister also visited National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology
Srinagar.

Advisor to Lt
Governor, Farooq Khan, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Talat Ahmed,
DG NIELIT & Joint Secretary (MeitY) Dr Jaideep Kumar Mishra, DG STPI Dr
Omkar Rai, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary, CEO Mission
Youth Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Director STPI Srinagar Asim Ahmed Khan and
other officials were present on the occasion.

On the occasion,
the Union Minister inaugurated two separate hostel buildings for boys and girls
besides an IT lab with a capacity of 40 seats.

He interacted
with students and faculty and asked them about the facilities in the institute
and scope for improvement.

The Minister was
informed about the ongoing course Cyber Shiksha – a skill development
initiative for women in cyber security. The officials informed the Minister
that out of a batch of 22 girls, 12 have got placed in different companies.

The Minister
asked the officials to train and place the Kashmiri youth in different
job-oriented courses including artificial intelligence, Block chain etc.

He said that he
will personally monitor the training and placement of Kashmir students in
different software courses.

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