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India beefs up tech institutes, snubs electronics sector

Posted: 04 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:India technology policy? technology institutes? India electronic market?

In an updated technology policy, the Indian government shifted focus on tech institutes, adding three more branches to the Indian Institutes of Technology, while largely ignoring electronics industry concerns.

The research network now includes seven technology institutes and two additional Indian Institutes of Science will also be formed. The three new technology institutes will be based in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan states and the two new science institutes will be located in Madhya Pradesh and Kerala states.

A $25 million National Research Network will also be launched to link Indian research institutes through a broadband connection. The research expansion is part of India's annual policy statement.

Meanwhile, the Indian policy makers largely ignored the demands of the nation's electronics sector. The National Association for Software Companies (Nasscom) had sought continuing concessions for software services companies especially since the slumping U.S. dollar is hurting profits and threatening an economic slowdown in the tech sector.

Nasscom expressed disappointment with the new tech policy, but added it would continue to work with policy makers.

India's electronics manufacturing industry only managed to gain cuts in customs duties on some items used in the IT and electronics hardware sectors. The new policy also sidestepped the issue of how to encourage industry R&D activities, a key demand of the industry here.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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