IESA WINWire July 06 - July 12  2013
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Former Telecom 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 5, 2013

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 concerns.

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, 2013

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
Source:; 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:; July 9, 2013

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 Association.

Rethinking on PMA can adversely impact economy: ISEA
Source: 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.

Suspension Of Preferential Market Access Policy Disappoints Hardware Firms
Source:; July 11, 2013

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:; July 11, 2013

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 Policy.

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 products.

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.

Compiled by IESA Research

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