It is my pleasure to communicate with you on behalf of IESA
team regarding activities of IESA. A lot has been happening on
various fronts and due to this I could not bring this update
to you earlier. My sincere apologies for that and we will
strive to bring these updates to you in timely manner in the
has been engaged with various government agencies on multiple
initiatives for growth of ESDM and Semiconductor industry. As you may
already be aware that several recommendations from National Electronics
Policy (NEP) such as Preferential Market Access (PMA), Modified SIPS and
Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) have already been approved and
IESA is working closely with Govt. of India on the implementation
mechanisms for these policies. It has been observed that the delays in
policy formation and implementation have been a cause for concern for all
of us, as it delays growth of the industry. IESA along with other industry
bodies is constantly engaged with policy-makers to expedite this process.
On the product development front, IESA is working closely with the
Advisory Group for Research and Development in the Electronics Sector
(CAREL), set up under the aegis of the Office of the Principal Scientific
Advisor to Govt. of India, to develop strategies for “Made in India”
electronics products which are critical for the country and have high
volume consumption. The identified categories cover set-top boxes,
tablets, smart phones, smart energy meters, smartcards and micro-ATMs. IESA
has already conducted deep-dive workshops on Set-top boxes and
Tablets bringing together stake holders from all aspects of the
eco-system. Based on suggestions from these workshops, IESA is developing
white papers to recommend strategies to build world-class, made-in-India
products. The next workshop is going to be on Smart Phones in late
October and workshops for other product categories are going to take place
over next few months.
In addition to these product workshops, we are planning to institute a
study to highlight specific financial,
operational or any other disability that is preventing many key products
from being designed and manufactured in India.
On the skilled manpower development front, IESA, in collaboration with
ELCINA, CEAMA, MAIT and IPCA has been asked to setup the Electronics
Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) by the National Skill
Development Council (NSDC), with the primary objective of developing high
calibre talent for the ESDM industry. This is a huge initiative as NSDC
estimates that our industry will cumulatively employ about 28 million
people by 2020. As part of the Governing Council of ESSCI, we from IESA
will bring several initiatives and programs to address training and skill
development needs of our ESDM community.
Research and Publications
the research and publication front, IESA and Frost & Sullivan
(F&S) is working on the first ever ground-up report on the
ESDM industry. As you are already aware the IESA F&S reports on
semiconductor consumption has set a benchmark for being the
most credible source of data for the Indian semiconductor
market. We hope to achieve a similar impact through this
report which is focussed on the ESDM product market. Ashok
Chandak has ably and tirelessly led the team developing this
report with fantastic support from Sanjeev Keskar, Arun Jain,
Vivek Tyagi and many others from the industry. Special mention
must also be made of the hard work put in by the F&S team. The
report is in final stages of preparations and will be ready in
the next couple of weeks.
The IESA Family is today 186-strong and with your help, we would like to
grow this to 300 members this year. In line with our aim to promote SME’s
and start-ups, we have initiated a new membership category for start-ups
and SME’s with annual membership fee of INR 10,000 per annum only. We hope
this will help us in reaching out to small size product companies and
start-ups in ESDM area. I would request all of you to spread this message.
If each one of you can bring one member who can benefit from IESA
activities, we can reach our goal of 300 members easily. Please drop a
to introduce such potential member companies, and the IESA Secretariat team
will drive the discussion forward.
To address some of the issues that small and medium companies
and start-ups face, we are working on an IESA group medical
insurance scheme where better coverage and premiums can be
obtained for our member companies. This is at the inception
stage and we will be sending out more details about this next
Another important activity on membership front is conducting
the IESA Membership Engagement Survey in a few weeks from now
to connect with each of you individually. Through this survey,
we wish to understand your expectations from IESA, the value
you have derived from your membership and the specific areas
you would want us to focus on in the future. Anil Gupta and P.
Sridhar will be reaching out to all of you in the next few
weeks. Please cooperate fully with them and share your views
openly and frankly. With your valuable feedback, I will work
with the Executive Council to see how we can address member
concerns and make IESA more effective.
For getting stronger participation from industry visionaries and past IESA
chairmen, IESA is setting up the “IESA Advisory Council” to advise the
Executive Council and provide steering direction to IESA. I am happy to
inform that Mr. Ajai Chowdhury, Founder HCL, Mr. Sudhir Sethi, Chairman of
IDG Ventures, India and Mr. B.V. Naidu, Chairman, Sagitaur Ventures have
agreed to be initial members of the IESA Advisory Council. The council will
convene in next one month to decide upon the direction and also inclusion
of other members to the council.
And finally on the events front, let me tell you about the high-profile
Strategic Electronics Summit (SES-2012) conducted in July in partnership
with ELCINA. The Honourable Minister of State Dr. MM Pallam Raju; the
Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT, Sri J Sathyanarayana; the
Chief Controller of R&D, Dr. K.D. Nayak and a whole host of industry
dignitaries participated in the event.
Elcina jointly brought out a
white paper on the strategic electronics sector, released during the event
which was widely appreciated. The Aerospace & Defence CIG – led by Kumaran
Venkatesh - helped to put this event together.
We have begun work on the Technovation Awards 2012 and Vision Summit 2013.
The IESA Vision Summit 2013 is scheduled for
and will be held at
Bangalore. The theme for vision summit
this year is: “ESDM-2020: Product Innovation, Global Collaborations and
Policy Initiatives”. Vision summit has set a standard for thought
leadership conclave in ESDM and we hope that with help from all of you we
will have a great event this year also.
awards will be held in early December to recognize excellence in ESDM for
Industry and academic community. Announcement for nominations for
Technovation -2012 will be sent out in next one week.
I thank you for your patience and support and promise to connect with you
more often with information about all the IESA activities. In the meantime,
I look forward to your comments, feedback and suggestions. Please email me
and I promise to respond and take action on your valuable feedback.
Please keep visiting IESA website
to check out our latest announcements, reports and white papers.
Chairman - IESA