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Objective of the Workshop:-The objective of the Sectoral Workshop was to bring together the various representatives of the industry and have them deliberate on the key sectoral challenges, the possible solutions and what could be the key sectoral Vision for 2025.  
Time & Date:     10:30 – 16:35 Hours, 28th September, 2017
Venue:        JW Marriot, Bangalore

Mode of Meeting:      Focused
Anchored By:             International Institute of Information Technology, IIIT - Bangalore

Notes of the Meeting

     Ms. Renuka Chidambaram, IAS, Principal Secretary & CEO, Vision 2025 Project Office briefed the participants on the background of the Vision 2025 document. She explained the approach for the visioning exercise, its objective and how the Vision Document will capture the needs and aspirations of different stakeholders including Citizens (Women, Youth, Senior Citizens, Vulnerable population etc.), Academia, Companies, Civil Societies, Government Departments and others.The invitees and members of sector experts for the IT-BT sector discussed on the current status of the sector in the State of Karnataka and outlined the areas to be focused for further deliberations.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

     Education

     By 2025 the skill and employability gap between graduating engineers and needs of the industry will be bridged. To support this, the following steps are envisioned

  • Apart from broad conceptual and theoretical courses in the area offered by the Institutes within the framework of existing curriculum structure, certain intensive short-duration courses be offered in the select niche areas as specialization, both for fresh as well as working professionals for skill enhancement
  • The select niche areas in which skill enhancement is required to meet the needs of the industry as a prioritized list will be provided by the sector experts within a period of 2 weeks.
  • The Government shall create a certification mechanism in coordination with industry bodies/ Sector skill Councils to assess and certify those who take course in niche areas of specialization (much as DOEACC’s programming certification) to validate the knowledge and skills acquired for employment.

 

 

     Entrepreneurship and Start-ups

     By 2025 the State will have a vibrant start-up eco system  which has moved to the next level of productization, and commercialization; following steps are envisioned

  • The government shall create “Virtual Incubation Centres” in coordination with industry, academia and industry bodies that have the following features to support the innovation ecosystem:                                                                                                                                                                            
    • Provide networking of start-ups across sectors thus providing forward and backward linkages;                                                                                    
    • Connect start-ups with larger industries and fund houses to accelerate their ideas towards commercialization;                                                           
    • Provide education to start-ups in collaboration with domain experts on technical/ non-technical areas including  Intellectual Property Management, legal and regulatory advise;                                                                                                                                                                                             
    • Provide mentoring for the start-ups
  • The government can facilitate the setting up of physical shared space wet and dry lab infrastructure as an extension of virtual incubator (as mentioned above) for bio-tech startup as “manufacturing incubators”  that has the following features:                                                                                              
    • Pluggable, modular architecture which can be quickly set up and is scalable to meet the needs of the start-ups in their area of work;                            
    • A minimum viable set of facilities and features to provide a cost-effective space for experimentation and productization;                                                
    • These “thematic labs” can also be in certain niche areas of specialization as outlined in Education – Point 2
  • The government shall provide incentives for start-ups who work on socio-tech areas that in general address the needs of public at large; in general low-tech bit socially relevant.

 

    Diffusion of the sector to cities outside Bengaluru

    By 2025 IT/BT firms to set up their units in cities such as Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali, Chitradurga amongst other places to create innovation hubs outside the city of Bengaluru. Following are suggested

 

  • The government shall provide tax concession or other infrastructure incentives to firms in the sector as incentives;
  • To create tech clusters much like what is present in Bengaluru, incentivize large firms in the sector to set up one of their units as “anchor firms” to create the “cluster effect”, so that the others can follow;
  • Create certain clusters in region specific niche areas

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