Telangana unveils slate of technology policies

07th April 2016
Telangana unveils slate of technology policies
From left: VK Saraswath, Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister KC Rao, NR Narayana Murthy and state IT Minister KT Rama Rao, unveiling the Telangana IT Policy, April 4 2016

From Leela Rani Dondapati
Hyderabad, April 7 2016: The Government of Telangana, has announced the first ICT policy for the state.  The Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh  ESL Narasimhan, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys NR Narayana Murthyand NITI Ayog member VK Saraswat were present on the occasion.
The state government has also unveiled  policies for electronics and animation/gaming, rural technology and innovation.
Said Chief Minister . K Chandrashekar Rao:“It is known that many regions of the world are thriving because of the Information Communication Technology revolution. The new industrial policy released by our Government is considered to be path-breaking and revolutionary. Coming close on its heels, I am confident that the new ICT policy will also be similar in its impact and will become a role model for the rest of the country.”  
BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, NASSCOM ( at the time)  observed that about 1200 ICT companies are operating in Hyderabad under the progressive leadership of K Chandrashekar Rao with 50 % of engineering graduates being employable in State of Telangana. Creating robust employment for the 100 million people in the next 10 years could be achieved through the Start-Ups. We need to create an Institution of Excellence for IOT, Internet of Things. IP, Intellectual Property creating companies can create more jobs, IP, IP monitoring and cyber security can go a long way to affect the dynamics in a positive way.
Over 28 MoU’s were signed between the Government of Telangana - the TASK, (unique skill development vision program to provide quality human resources to the IT and ITES sectors) , T-Hub and various educational, financial, business, industry and not-for-organizations to align with the desired objective. Revenues earned through IT/ITES sector contributes to close to 9.5 % of India’s GDP of which 65% is earned through the foreign exchange.
Professor Rajendra Shrivastava, Dean ISB  said the state's  T-Hub concept is  exceptional. Not only Technology but Business acumen is necessary  to generate the business value. Telangana should be a talent pool that rest of the country envies; there is a need to continue to invest in education, he shared.

Salient features of the ICT Policy and Allied Policies:
·        Telangana should become the most preferred destination for any IT company which is planning to commence new activities anywhere in the world.
·        Telangana government aims to intensively use ICT tools to improve processes and deliver better citizen services and stand out as a role model for smart governance.
·        Citizens of Telangana will be empowered to make the best use of the opportunities emerging in an increasingly digital world.|
·        Telangana should become a leading global hub for technology entrepreneurship and innovation in the country.

Summed up K.T Rama Rao, state Minister for ICT and Panchayat Raj: "Telangana’s growth in Information Technology is needed for the Global IT industry. With emphasis on Innovation, Analytics, Gaming, Multimedia, Entertainment and Animation very soon Hyderabad would take the number one position in the world. The presence of leading national research and academic institutions has served to further promote the growth of IT in Hyderabad. With the keen appreciation of the importance that ICT has to the life of every individual in Telangana, the Government accords highest priority to further the growth of Information Technology in the state.”  

Links to
IT Policy
Electronics Policy
Gaming and Animation
Innovation Policy
Rural Technology Policy