Secretary R Chandrashekhar to be NASSCOM chief
Source: Channel World
India; July 5, 2013
The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM)
announced that R. Chandrashekhar, former Secretary – Telecom,
Government of India will succeed current President Som Mittal to head
the industry association’s executive body. This was announced at the
conclusion of its Executive Council meeting held at Pune today.
Tata Sky selects Broadcom for new direct-to-home set-top boxes
Source: Telecom Tiger; July
Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor
solutions for wired and wireless communications, has said that
selected by Tata Sky, a leading direct-to-home satellite television
provider in India, selected its highly integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC)
devices for set to boxes (STB) to enable Tata Sky’s first MPEG-4
standard definition (SD) STB.
PMO puts on hold policy to push domestic manufacturing
Source: The Pioneer; July 6, 2013
The Government on Friday put on hold the preferential market access (PMA)
policy that provided for sourcing of sensitive telecom and electronic
equipments and technology from domestic manufacturers over security
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting in Prime Minister's
Office that was attended by National Security Advisor Shivshankar
Menon, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Pulok Chaterji,
Telecom Secretary M F Farooqui and top bureaucrats of different
ministries. The policy has been put in abeyance till further order on
security grounds, sources told the news agency.
State losing race for
India’s first semiconductor fab unit
Source: The Hindu; July 7,
Kerala is virtually out of the race to bag the country’s first
semiconductor wafer fabrication unit project, apparently because of
lack of enthusiasm and support from official and political circles.
Not long ago, Kochi was in the running to clinch the project.
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association president PVG Menon
denied that the requirement of large areas of land was the primary
requirement for setting up a fab unit. Availability of power and
distilled water, apart from accessibility to an international airport
and a favourable environment were decisive factors for companies to
set up the fab units , he said.
Karnataka govt to
develop IT parks in Belgaum, Mysore, Mangalore
Source: Business Standard; July 8, 2013
In an effort to decongest Bangalore city and promote the information
technology sector in secondary cities, the Karnataka government has chalked
out plans to set up IT parks in Belgaum, Mysore and Mangalore. The
government has intends to develop these parks on a public-private
partnership (PPP) mode, a senior government official said.
Texas Gained 32,000
Manufacturing Jobs over Past Year
Source: Plant Automation
Technology; July 9, 2013
For the second year in a row, industrial employment in Texas posted a
significant gain, according to the 2013 Texas Manufacturers Register®,
an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News,
Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Texas gained 32,680 manufacturing
jobs from April 2012 to April 2013, or 2.7% - - more than double the
gain MNI for the 2011-2012 survey period, and two percentage points
above the national average gain as reported by the Labor Department.
Manufacturers’ News reports Texas is now home to 22,642 manufacturers
employing 1,200,525 workers.
B'lore: S R Patil
meets Prof U R Rao; reviews dept schemes
July 9, 2013
Karnataka’s IT, BT, Science and Technology and Planning Minister S R
Patil met renowned space scientist and Chairman of Karnataka Science
and Technology Academy (KSTA), Prof U R Rao and sought his advice on
implementing science and technology projects in the State.
The minister paid a courtesy call on Prof U R Rao and discussed topics
ranging from nano technology to establishment of IIT and semiconductor
corridor in the State.
Major Setback To
DeitY’s Initiatives In Promoting Electronics Manufacturing
Source: EFYTimes.com; July
In July last year, the Cabinet had approved Rs 100 billion to
incentivise electronics manufacturing in the country. Yet, DeitY
hasn’t clarified till now the issue of who will approve the proposals.
Red tape and bureaucratic bickering, common in Indian government
departments, have struck once again. For the last two years, the
Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has been
making sincere efforts to promote electronics manufacturing in the
country. But it seems that its new initiatives will have to first make
it through the corridors of power, steering clear of
inter-departmental bickering, before it can even begin to support the
much neglected electronics industry.
Bobby Mitra takes on
global role in Texas Instruments
Source: Times of India
(Bangalore); July 10, 2013
After 12 years as MD of Texas Instruments India, Bobby Mitra is moving
as worldwide director for the semiconductor company's industrial
systems business, and will relocate to the US. Mitra will also be
chairman of TI India.
Mitra joined TI in 1986, becoming one of the first employees of the
company that is credited with having brought global attention to
Bangalore's technology capabilities by establishing an R&D centre here
in 1985. He has led several activities in TI India and in Dallas, and
was appointed MD of TI India in 2001 and was named president and MD in
2009. He is a past chairman of the India Electronics & Semiconductor
Rethinking on PMA can
adversely impact economy: ISEA
Business Line; July 9, 2013
The Government’s move to revisit the Preferential Market Access (PMA)
policy that gives a push to sourcing of ‘Made in India’ technology
products, can have adverse impact on nation’s economy, industry body
IESA said today.
“The recent announcement from the Government that certain clauses of
the PMA policy are being ‘put on hold’ signals an unwarranted policy
rethink which could adversely affect India’s Current Account Deficit
in the short term,” India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA)
President PVG Menon said in a statement.
Preferential Market Access Policy Disappoints Hardware Firms
Source: EFYTimes.com; July
The recent move from the Indian government has brought disappointing
news for hardware firms and the IESA (India Electronics and
Semiconductor Association) suggests that it will have a negative
impact on the economy of the country.
A day after the government suspended the 'buy India' policy that
required government investments to have a portion of locally
manufactured goods, start up industries and other national experts say
that this is going to hurt the development of the domestic sector. The
PMA was approved by the government in February 2012 to curb security
threats for imports and boost the domestic sector has received huge
opposition from the international trade associations. On Monday, the
Prime Minister Office announced that the PMA treatment policy has now
been put on hold as it needs to be reviewed and revisited.
Govt Delivers On
Promise, More Than 150 More High-Tech Items To Get Export Benefits
Source: EFYTimes.com; July
The ministry of Commerce and Industry, delivering on its promise made
in April 2013 to incentivize export of High Tech Products during this
year's Foreign Trade Policy, notified on Tuesday that above 150
products from Engineering / Electronics, Chemical and Pharma sectors
have been included under Focus Product Scheme (FPS) of Foreign Trade
India to US: Drop immigration Bill for freeze on go-local policy
Source: Business Line; July 12, 2013
In what is being seen as a quid pro quo, India will push the US
Government to scrap the proposed immigration bill in return for
putting a freeze on the go-local manufacturing policy for electronic
While the policy to encourage local manufacturing would hurt US
electronic majors such as Cisco and Hewlett Packard, the immigration
bill will have a negative impact on Indian IT companies.
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