The primary objective of IESA is to act as a catalyst for the growth of the ESDM industry in India.
Its objectives include:
- Create global awareness for the Indian semiconductor and electronic systems industry outside of the generic ‘IT’ umbrella;
- Create a win-win interaction among semiconductor and electronics product and services companies, government, academia, venture capitalists and industry bodies;
- Create an enabling ecosystem that catalyzes industry growth and leadership. Enhance operational efficiency. Foster active collaboration between industry and universities to further expand the available world-class semiconductor talent pool;
- Identify investment opportunities;
- Drive technology vision for the semiconductor and electronic systems industry Promote trade and industry.
- Promote trade and industry.
I feel incredibly honoured and humbled by this prestige bestowed upon me by all of you, our esteemed members. I am aware of the enormous responsibility that goes with this post and fully intend to do my bit in taking this prestigious organisation forward.
The ESDM industry in India is growing at a fast pace, and IESA has been at the forefront in putting forward innovations and policy recommendations to provide that final thrust. For ESDM to take centre stage in manufacturing and export, we need to have a robust ecosystem and create IP, and I firmly believe that IESA is the perfect accelerator to help achieve this.
We also need a strong collaboration between governments, both centre and state, company chiefs, academia, investors, entrepreneurs, etc. to make this vision a reality. I am positive that the new executive council is just the right mix to provide the momentum to creating a design and manufacturing hub in India. In addition, we have managed to bring together creative minds and movers and shakers in this sector through our various summits like IoTNext, Vision Summit, DEFTRONICS, etc.
The major focus areas this year will be innovation and entrepreneurship; domestic and global partnerships and helping formulate policies that increase the ease of doing business in India. To this end, we have embarked upon a few specific goals and programmes such as:
- Collaborating with the Government of Karnataka to develop a Semiconductor Fabless Accelerator Lab (SFAL) whose aim will be to accelerate hardware equipment and semiconductor chip design development in India.
- Getting together with the Ministry of Electronics and IT for an Electropreneur Park – Technical Incubation Centre with the goal of supporting early stage start-ups with mentoring and funding.
- Expanding the scope of NETRA (National ESDM Technology Research Academy) to enable VLSI/ESDM incubation in college campuses. Our hope is to create a vibrant ecosystem for VLSI/ESDM start-ups and transform engineering campuses into ESDM Product Innovation Centres (EPIC) through industry-academia partnerships.
- Developing a CoE (Centre of Excellence) for VLSI & ESDM whose main objective will be to design and manufacture semiconductor chips in India.
- Liaising with state governments for facilitating FDI to strengthen the ESDM ecosystem through innovation, knowledge transfer and investments and building international alliances to bringing in investment like we have done with Taiwan. IESA will be signing an MOU with Korean government through their trade body KOTRA on 10th July in New Delhi for mutual business collaboration and knowledge sharing.
- Actively partnering with state governments to develop Brownfield and Greenfield clusters, incubation centres and skill development programs.
- Working with various government agencies such as MeitY, NITI Aayog and various other relevant bodies to formulate favourable policies which would help the ESDM industry to translate its vision into a reality.
- Creating many more CIGs (Core Initiative Groups) for addressing sector specific issues in addition to the six CIGs we have for Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Broadcast/STB, Fabless, IoT and Skilling.
- Lobbying with the Central Government for reduction of customs duties on components to help the local manufacturing industry and address the inverted duty issues.
I look forward to carrying on the daunting task taken up by past IESA Chairmen and EC , in developing various initiatives and taking forward the ideas and proposals of the previous leaders of this esteemed organisation. I feel confident that with the full cooperation of executive council and all the members of IESA, we will continue our march on the path to transform India into a design and manufacturing hub for ESDM.
I would be glad to hear from you – thoughts, ideas on growing the ESDM ecosystem. Please reach me at email@example.com and we could take the discussion forward.
The three major thrust area of IESA are as follows
A. Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Semiconductor Fabless Accelerator Lab (SFAL) with Govt. of Karnataka – The mission of SFAL is to promote hardware equipment and semiconductor chip design development in India.
- Electropreneur Park – Technical Incubation Center – with Ministry of Electronics and IT, Govt. of India the objective of which is to support early stage start-ups in the ESDM sector from mentoring to funding.
- NETRA (National ESDM Technology Research Academy) is a think tank formed by IESA and the Electronics Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI) to enable VLSI/ESDM incubation in college campuses. The Vision of NETRA is to transform engineering campuses into ESDM Product Innovation Centers (EPIC) through industry-academia partnerships. One of the major, objectives of this initiative is to create an ecosystem for start-ups in the VLSI/ESDM domain.
- VLSI & ESDM Center excellence – The objective of this initiative is to design and manufacture semiconductor chips in India.
B. Partnerships – India and International
IESA has tied up with many state governments for facilitating FDI into the respective states in ESDM. Alliance partnerships – both International & Indian; to strengthen the ESDM ecosystem through innovation, knowledge transfer and investment. IESA has already sown its seeds in bringing investment from Taiwan into India. IESA has also partnered with the State Governments to build the ESDM ecosystem through clusters – Brownfield & greenfield, Incubations centres, and Skill development programs.
C. Ease of doing business in India.
- IESA has been seamlessly working with various government agencies such as MEITY, NITI Aayog and various other relevant bodies to bring out favourable policies to enable Indian electronics and semiconductor industry to achieve its goals.
- Creation of CIGs (Core Initiative Groups) for addressing sector specific issues. Currently there are 6 CIGs to address sectors like Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Broadcast/STB, Fabless, IoT and Skilling.
- IESA has lobbied with the Central Government for reduction of customs duties on components to help the local manufacturing industry and address inverted duty issues.
In addition to the above, IESA is actively engaging with many more activities. The current executive council will continue working towards making this vision a reality.
The IESA Executive Council would also comprise of Jitendra Chaddah, Senior Director (Strategic Relations and Operations) – Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd. as the Vice Chairman; and Rahul Arya, Vice President Sales for APAC and Europe region – e-Infochips Ltd. as the Treasurer of IESA for 2018-19. In addition to the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer; the other newly elected EC are Giri K K, Global Delivery Head – Semicon & HiTech L&T Technology Services Limited; Veeresh Shetty, Senior Marketing Manager, Mentor Graphics Sales & Services Pvt. Ltd.; Poornima Shenoy, CEO, The Gain Global Accelerator, Sagitaur Ventures India Pvt. Ltd.; Dr Satya Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO, Senzopt Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.; Ashok Mishra, Managing Director, Si2Chip Technologies; Veerappan V, Co-Founder & Director and Tessolve Semiconductor Pvt. Ltd.. The IESA Executive Council will collectively work to deliver on-ground activation for enabling innovation, investment and industry – the collaborative effort being the mantra for the mission to be a success.