Chairman's Monthly Message – September 2013

Dear Friends,

As I had mentioned when I took over as Chairman, this year is going to be exciting. IESA’s relentless work in the last 3-4 years is beginning to bear fruit.

This month the Govt. of India gave an in-principle approval to the proposal of setting up two chip fabrication units in the country
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This is something we all have waited for a long time. The India Fab will give us the ability to indigenously design and manufacture chips and thus cut down our dependence on imports. The government has already received proposals from two consortiums to set up the India fab: one led by Jaypee Group, and including IBM and Tower Jazz; and the other led by HSMC and including STMicroelectronics and Silterra.  

Another interesting development from the government is the Govt. of Karnataka’s decision to rename the Bangalore-IT.Biz conference to Bangalore-ITE.Biz to include electronics. A part from the main event at Bangalore, this year the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka has planned satellite events in Mysore, Mangalore and Hubli-Dharwad. IESA has been an active participant in these events.

The satellite events at Mysore and Mangalore were very successful. The Hubli event is slated for 8th October 2013; and the main event in Bangalore is scheduled for 22-24 October 2013. On October 23rd, IESA has planned an excellent track on the ESDM sector with great speakers. I request all members to join these sessionsand make the event a success.

Our draft proposal, developed in collaboration with Electronic City Industry Association (ELCIA), for India’s first brownfield cluster at Electronic City, Bangalore,has been well received by DeitY and is under active consideration of the Government of India. We are, in the meanwhile, working on 2 more brownfield cluster proposals – one at Mysore and another in the Peenya Industrial Area in Bangalore. 

IESA will also be quite significantly involved in the setting up of the ESDM product innovation centre at IIIT-Bangalore, to incubate electronics product companies. A proposal from IIIT-B is under the active consideration of DeitY.

Our SWOT analysis report of the Top 25 products and 4 key components in each of these products by Frost and Sullivan is almost ready and should be ready for launch by the end of next month. This is going to be a very crucial report for us all as it covers products and components that contribute to more than 85% of India’s electronics consumption.

Let me now tell you what our EC members are working on. Vivek Tyagi is convener for Vision Summit 2014. He, along with the Vision Summit 2014 committee, he has worked out a great session plan and speakers for the summit themed “From Consumption to Creation”. I look forward to your support to make VS2014 successful.

Arnob Roy is the convener for Technovation Awards 2013. You would have already received intimation about the awards. This year, under the Industry Awards section, we have the following categories:

  • Technovation Sarabhai Award – Life Time Achievement
  • Most Promising Startup
  • Most Innovative Product
  • Best Electronics Manufacturing or Semiconductor or Fabless Company.

In the Academic Awards section, we have:

  • TechnoVisionary - Life Time Achievement
  • TechnoMentor – best active faculty member
  • TechnoInventor PhD/MTech categories.

Please do make sure to send in your entries before 15 October 2013 to participate in this prestigious event. Please log on to for more detail.

Ravi Pagar is working on the Membership Drive for this year. If you would like to recommend any company that is not currently a member of IESA, please write to

Apart from this, Vivek Pawar has put together an excellent Talent CIG team and their charter is defined now. Pilot implementation of their charter is expected to start in October.

We would also like to welcome the new members (from April, 2013) of IESA and look forward for their active participation at the IESA initiatives and activities.  
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Audience
  • C-DOT
  • Cyber Media Research Ltd.
  • Geo Semiconductor India Pvt. Ltd.
  • GMR Krishnagiri SEZ Ltd.
  • Indic Electronics
  • IntSemi Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Optimus Logic Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd.
  • Rangsons Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
  • S3 Craft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • TEKTRONIX India Pvt. Ltd
  • Tevatron Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Atrenta (India) Pvt. Ltd.
  • ByDesign India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Cirel Systems Pvt. Ltd.
  • First Pass Semiconductors Pvt Ltd
  • Get2Galaxy
  • Ignitarium Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd
  • Infinera India Pvt. Ltd.
  • KAYNES Technology India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Pramura software Pvt.Ltd
  • RS Components & Controls (I) Ltd.
  • Srishti ESDM Pvt.Ltd.
  • Teledyne Lecroy India Trading Pvt.Ltd
  • u-blox Singapore Pte. Ltd.

If each member can get one member to IESA this year then we can double our membership.

As always, before I sign off, let me request you again to please keep your suggestions and feedback flowing in to

With Best Wishes

Sanjeev Keskar,

Chairman - IESA