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New Horizons in Electronics
Source: The Telegraph; August 23, 2014


Electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) is a fast-growing industry that Jharkhand has the capability to tap into and help India become a globally competitive destination.

This was the message that came loud and clear on Friday from a workshop jointly organised by Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), department of electronics and information technology in Delhi and its state counterpart with support of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

Demand in ESDM, used primarily in hardware, is projected to be in the range of $400 billion by 2020, said IESA president M.N. Vidyashankar.

“Jharkhand is the leading hub of steel and mineral industries and has immense untapped potential for electronics manufacturing,” he said, adding, “manufacturing provides job opportunities like no other sector and with the talent pool available in Jharkhand, ESDM can create sufficient number of jobs in the state, too.”

Electronic Manufacturing Policy Unveiled In Uttar Pradesh
Source: The Economic Times; August 23, 2014


Inspired by the Chinese model, the policy got approval of the state cabinet after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav pushed for it. In the initial phase, the government plans to establish and promote small electronic manufacturing clusters. One of these would be set up in Greater Noida, while the process of identifying other two cities is underway, the official said here. The clusters would be set up in 100 acres of land and ideally be close to markets for better sale. The state government has also announced concessions for the companies that are interested in opening up bases in these clusters, said the official.

PM: IIT Research in Defence, Health Must
Source: The Times of India; August 23, 2014

Stating that "science is universal, technology must be local," Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday exhorted IITs to undertake research in areas that help people and develop products in the field of defence and health. Addressing a conference of chairmen of boards of governors and directors of IITs on Friday, Modi said, "IITians are a great force." He also asked IITs to contribute towards user-friendly innovations in Indian Railways and fulfilling the vision for "housing for all" through technology that would enable rapid construction of economical, eco-friendly and structurally sound houses. Modi gave specific examples of imported products like currency ink and tear gas and said, "I refuse to believe that India does not have the talent to make these things."

Event on IT and Electronics in Hubli
Source: The Hindu; August 24, 2014

After a hiatus, the State government has renewed its efforts to develop the IT sector in tier 2 and 3 cities in the State and for this purpose will conduct a one-day event on ‘Information Technology and Electronics’ in Hubli on Monday. According to a release issued by Minister for Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology the event is being held in Hubli as the city holds the distinction of being at the forefront of IT revolution among Tier 2 and 3 cities. The Hubli event on ‘ITE’ (Information Technology and Electronics) is being conducted in association with Deshpande Foundation, Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Consortium of Electronic Industries of Karnataka (CLIK), The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), IESA and various industries. Mr. Patil has said in the release that while the state continued to lead the country in IT and BT Sectors, contributing to over one-third of the IT exports from the country.

Odisha Rejects COAI Plea to Include Tele Services in ICT Policy
Source: Business Standard; August 25, 2014

The state IT (information technology) department has turned down the proposal of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the industry body representing GSM operators, for inclusion of telecom services in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Policy-2014. The association has asked the department to include the services in policy so that telecom services can be treated at par with the IT (information technology) and ITes (enabled services).

A Mobile Will Soon Connect, Empower A Digital India
Source: The Times of India; August 25, 2014

The Digital India project that aims to offer a one-stop shop for government services would use the mobile phone as the backbone of its delivery mechanism. The government hopes the . 1.13-lakh crore initiative that seeks to transform India into a connected economy to also attract investment in electronics manufacturing, create millions of jobs and support trade. In an interview with ET, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to ensure a smartphone in the hands of every citizen by 2019. Currently, nearly 74% of the population has mobile phones, most of which though is in the hands of urban India. “We want to ensure that all the services can be provided through a mobile handset, especially, health, education, various government services and retail,” Prasad said.

Microsoft Ventures Ties Up With Deshpande Foundation to Launch Sandbox Startups
Source: The Times of India; August 25, 2014

Microsoft Ventures in India today said it has partnered with Deshpande Foundation to launch Sandbox Startups, an incubator focused on nurturing startups in tier two and three cities of India. The Deshpande Foundation, founded by global business leader and philanthropist Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande and Jaishree Deshpande, has operations in India, Canada and the USA. It is focusing its efforts in India on "building an ecosystem" to nurture Innovative Social Entrepreneurs. The three-year collaboration was formalized with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding here on August 23, Microsoft Ventures in India said in a release today.

A Fab Way to Go Slow; DPRs Yet To Be Submitted
Source: The Times of India; August 26, 2014

The country's first two semiconductor wafer fabrication plants are set to once again miss the cut-off date for submitting the detailed project report to the government. The two plants, which received the government approval in February after a long delay, were supposed to submit the detailed project report (DPR) by August 31, their second deadline for doing so. “Both the consortia have asked for some more time to submit the DPR. We are considering extending the deadline for them,“ Ajay Kumar, joint secretary at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity), told ET.

Gujarat to Set Up 8 Electronic Clusters by 2015: Minister
Source: Desh Gujarat; August 26, 2014

Gujarat government will set up five greenfield and three brownfield electronic clusters by year 2015, said Science and Technology minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama in Delhi. He said Gujarat will soon set up semiconductor FAB unit. Chudasama was in Delhi to participate in a national level meeting of state IT ministers with centre. He said Gujarat government has prepared a separate e-governance policy covering 500 services. He requested union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for fast implementation of national fiber network in Gujarat. He also asked centre to set up E-governance university, centre of excellence for E-governance and digital library in Gujarat.

Govt Notifies New FDI Rules for Defence Sector
Source: The Hindu Business Line; August 26, 2014

The Cabinet Committee on Security will be the final decision making body for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) proposals in Defence beyond 49 per cent. This is even when the proposed inflow is in excess of ₹1,200 crore. According to the new rules on FDI in Defence notified by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, based on the Cabinet decision early this month, FDI proposals beyond 49 per cent vetted by the CCS need not be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). So far, all FDI proposals with foreign investments over ₹1,200 crore had to be cleared by the CCEA.

Sony Mulls Setting Up a Manufacturing Plant in India Enthused By Policies of New Government
Source: The Economic Times; August 26, 2014

Sony Corp, Japan's largest consumer electronics exporter, is seriously evaluating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day clarion call to foreign companies to "come and make in India". For Sony, India is the fourthlargest market globally after China, the US and Japan, with local sales topping Rs 10,000 crore in the fiscal year ended March 31. But the company, synonymous with flatpanel televisions and gaming consoles, doesn't manufacture any of its products in the country.

Govt Finalises 2 Electronic Manufacturing Clusters; In-Principal Nod For 8
Source: Free Press; August 27, 2014

The government has finalised two electronic manufacturing clusters (EMCs) and has given an in-principal approval to eight others as part of its efforts to boost domestic manufacturing of electronic products. Speaking at the first meeting of the Centre and the states to deliberate on various initiatives under Digital India, Prasad said that another two EMCs have been recommended for in-principal approval. It is the vision of this government to make India self-sufficient in electronic manufacturing capacity. Government is committed to make India part of the list of potential places to invest in this sector, Prasad told State IT Ministers and Secretaries here. “Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) has accorded final approval to green field two EMCs and in-principal to seven greenfield EMCs and one common facility centre in brown field EMC,” he added.

Odisha to Spend Rs 5000 Cr on IT, ESDM Sectors In 5 Yrs
Source: Business Standard; August 26, 2014

Aiming to position Bhubaneswar as one of the leading IT destinations among tier-II cities, the state government has lined up an investment of Rs 5000 crore in IT and ESDM (electronics system design and manufacturing) sectors in the next five years. The state IT minister Pranab Prakash Das unveiled this investment plan at a conference of IT ministers and IT secretaries in New Delhi today. “A target to achieve a gross ICT (information & communication technology) turnover of $ 4 billion, direct employment of 60,000 professionals, attract 10 leading IT/ITes & five leading ESDM companies to the state, create a built-up space of six million sq feet and a developed land bank of 2000 acres by 2020 has been given in our ICT policy.

PM Narendra Modi's 100 days: Push to manufacturing in sync with vision of inclusive growth
Source: Economic Times; August 28, 2014

The government has set the ball rolling to boost manufacturing by opening up crucial sectors like defence and railways to foreign direct investment (FDI) within three months of assuming office.

Besides, it has decided to set up eight electronics manufacturing hubs and seven electronics manufacturing clusters across the country that will help reduce dependence on imports and curb the burgeoning trade deficit.

The Union Cabinet has recently given its goahead to an increase in the composite cap of foreign investment in defence to 49% from 26% and approved 100% FDI in railway infrastructure. It also decided to incentivise Indian electronics manufacturers, who will be eligible for subsidy under the modified Special Incentive Package scheme for the sector.

Compiled by IESA Research

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