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List of items under PMA to be expanded
Source: Business Standard; December 13, 2014

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/list-of-items-under-pma-to-be-expanded-114121200512_1.html

 

A new set of items is expected to be notified under the preferential market access (PMA) policy, which reserves a certain percentage of government procurement for domestically manufactured goods. This is in line with the central government’s ‘Make in India’ push. Currently, the list includes items like desktops, laptops, tablets, dot matrix printers and smart cards.

The department of electronics and information technology is also deliberating on ways to ensure the enforcement of the policy is done much more strongly. Since the government at the Centre is on a drive to make Aadhaar-based authentication the core of most government schemes, it is being contemplated that biometric authentication devices will be included under PMA. One of the first initiatives of the government — after it came to power earlier this year — was to initiate biometric-based attendance system for all central government employees. This required Aadhaar-based biometric devices to be installed in all government ministries.

Building On ‘Make In India’, Electronics Industry To Grow To USD 400 Billion By 2020
Source: EFYTimes.com; December 13, 2014

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=155049

 

Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) concluded their 35th Annual Function. Present on the occasion were Chief Guest, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning & Defence, Guests of Honour Shri R. N Dhoot, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Shri R. S Sharma, IAS, Secretary, DeitY along with Mr. Anirudh Dhoot, President, CEAMA, Mr. Manish Sharma, President Elect, CEAMA and other prominent industry leaders.

Digitising Govt Services Top on Agenda: Union IT Minister
Source: The New Indian Express; December 14, 2014

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/Digitising-Govt-Services-Top-on-Agenda-Union-IT-Minister/2014/12/14/article2570760.ece
 

Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said several initiatives have been lined up towards digitalising a few government services, including issuing of pensions and sanctioning of revenue documents.

The minister, who was in Hyderabad to inaugurate an event at the National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management on Saturday, said the IT department has already started developing few e-portals for select government services. It is part of the Prime Minister’s initiative to connect the nation with the government in using information technology, he said.

Govt. Of Madhya Pradesh Announces the Launch of India’s First Datacentre Cluster
Source: Channelinfoline.com; December 15, 2014

http://www.channelinfoline.com/networking/Govt-of-Madhya-Pradesh-announces-the-launch-of-Indias-first-Datacentre-Cluster.php

M.P. State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd. (MPSEDC), an undertaking of Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, working towards promotion and implementation of IT and e-Governance, today announced the launch of India’s first Datacentre cluster in Madhya Pradesh. Announced at ResellerClub presents HostingCon India, MPSEDC promised over 100 acres of land in Indore for establishing a Data Centre cluster and invited key partners and investors from across the world to discuss possible business and collaboration opportunities.

The Datacentre cluster in M.P. will come equipped with all the necessary infrastructure for easy scalable datacentre deployment. Moreover, a purpose-built and dedicated on-site power plant will be built to meet the high power requirements of next-generation datacentres and ensure reliable power supply with minimal transmission losses. The Government shall ensure a single window clearance system for providing the necessary clearances for setting up the data centres such as building permission, environmental clearances etc. Land shall be made available at 25% of the market prices, along with the provision of various incentives for the use clean energy in line with India’s Go Green initiative.

IESA Lauds the Union Government’s Approval on the Much Awaited Electronics Development Fund (EDF)
Source: ELE Times; December 15, 2014

http://www.eletimes.com/top-stories/iesa-lauds-the-union-governments-approval-on-the-much-awaited-electronics-development-fund-edf/

Move will promote design led electronics and provide major boost to R&D and Start-up ecosystem. India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the apex body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, lauds the Government of India’s approval on setting up of Electronics Development Fund (EDF). The fund, which will invest in electronics entrepreneurial ventures is envisaged to propel the R&D & start-up eco-system in the ESDM space.

Setting up of Electronics Development Fund is a key milestone to reduce India’s electronics import bill and develop ESDM ecosystem. Silicon Valley and Boston are great examples of the impact of the start-up Funds in the creation of the ecosystem and entrepreneurship development. IESA is committed to promotion and effective utilization of EDF to SPEED UP India’s journey of ’Innovation led Design, Design led Manufacturing’ in the electronics sector towards the vision of Make in India by nurturing the start up’s, attracting investment and productizing ideas for the global marketplace. Industry is happy that EDF will attempt to address the unavailability of adequate risk capital through venture funds for research and development (R&D), innovation and intellectual property creation in the areas of electronic system design and manufacturing.

Patent Activity on the Rise in India: Report
Source: Investmentguru.com; December 15, 2014

http://www.investmentguruindia.com/StockMarket/patent-activity-on-the-rise-in-india-report

According to the ‘2104 State of Innovation India’ report by Thomson Reuters, patenting activity is on the rise in Asia’s third biggest economy as both local and global companies undertake major research and development (R&D) in India. The growth in patenting activity in India has a direct impact on the nation’s economic growth, the report said.

"India is an important global innovation hub, with both local and global organisations conducting critical research and development (R&D) activities in India. Patenting activity is growing rapidly and this has a direct impact on the country's economic growth," Thomson Reuters managing director, India, and head of global operation centres Pradeep Lankapalli said. Eight of the top ten patent filers in India are domestic organisations, the report said.

Union Government Allots Three Clusters Each For Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
Source: EFY Times; December 15, 2014

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=155201

Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister for communications and information technology, has promised both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, three electronics clusters each.

Prasad also mentioned the Electronics Development Fund, which has been set up by the union government, in order to promote innovation and clusters to boost electronics manufacturing in the country. While addressing the audience at the golden jubilee programme of the Computer Society of India - CSI-2014, he said, “One cluster each for AP and Telangana has already been approved. One additional cluster each is in process and, today they demanded one more. I have promised both the CMs that I will give them one more cluster each. With this, both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will have three electronics clusters each. We have to work as Team India and the geographical location of a state is not important.”

Indian Government Asks Samsung, LG to Establish Manufacturing Facilities Here
Source: EFY Times; December 15, 2014

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=155186

The Government of India has extended an invitation to South Korean giants like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, Inc. to establish their manufacturing set up in India. The minister of communications and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad explains it to be the part of country's 'Make in India' initiative. While addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of the Computer Society of India, Prasad said, “We are promoting all the big guns like Samsung and LG to come to India in a big way under 'Make in India' programme.” Further adding, "Come to India, establish premises, use human resources, technology and talent of young people to make in India for India and also for exports." He noted that the Modi government aims at establishing 20 manufacturing clusters and said that the states will benefit financially if they provide 50 acres of land each for the clusters. India is putting all possible efforts to transform the country into a smart digital nation.

Electronics Development Fund Will Boost ESDM Start-Up Ecosystem: IESA
Source: Ciol; December 16, 2014

http://www.ciol.com/electronics-development-fund-will-boost-esdm-start-ecosystem-iesa/

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) lauds the Government of India’s approval on setting up of Electronics Development Fund (EDF). The fund, which will invest in electronics entrepreneurial ventures is envisaged to propel the R&D and start-up ecosystem in the ESDM space.

“The EDF will provide greater incentivization to R&D and incubation centres to spur the local IP development and product creation which constitutes greater than 50% value addition for electronic products. Extended support of the government to the entrepreneurs to create value by ‘Design led Manufacturing’ in the ESDM ecosystem in India is commendable,” said Ashok Chandak, Chairman, IESA and Sr. Director, NXP Semiconductors.

M.N. Vidyashankar, IAS, President, IESA said, “As the nodal body for electronics and semiconductors, we are providing a huge thrust to support start-ups in the electronics space and the Electronics Development Fund will be crucial in this direction. Offering incredible innovation opportunities will assist to overcome key challenges faced by the start-up community and help to realize the government’s Make in India dream.”

Infrastructure for Electronics Manufacturing Units in the Country
Source: Indiaeducationdiary; December 17, 2014

http://www.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/infrastructure-for-electronics-manufacturing-units-in-the-country-114121700867_1.html

The Minister for Communications and Information Technology Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Lok Sabha today that the Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) Scheme provides financial assistance for creating world-class infrastructure for electronics manufacturing units and Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) provides financial incentives to offset disability and attract investments in the manufacturing of electronics products (including telecom). He called for the states to come forward to take benefit of these schemes.

Government has approved setting up of two semiconductor wafer fabrication (FAB) manufacturing facilities in India which would create the necessary ecosystem for design and manufacturing of telecom equipments, Shri Prasad added. Under the Electronics Hardware Technology Park (EHTP) Scheme, approved units are allowed duty free import of goods required by them for carrying on export activities, CST reimbursement and excise duty exemption on procurement of indigenously available goods, as per the Foreign Trade Policy.

Fake electronics market growing double of genuine goods: Minister
Source: Yahoo India News‎; December 17, 2014

https://in.news.yahoo.com/fake-electronics-market-growing-double-genuine-goods-minister-125222823--finance.html

The counterfeit electronics products market is growing doubly fast as that for genuine goods and the government has set up a monitoring mechanism to check it, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Lok Sabha Wednesday.

"The present size of counterfeit products in India is five percent of the overall market size and growing at a rate almost double that of genuine products which is worth over Rs.2,500 crore and is likely to grow to Rs.5,600 crore next year," Prasad said.

Six Technologies that will Change PCs Next Year
Source: Computerworld.in; December 17, 2014

http://www.computerworld.in/news/six-technologies-that-will-change-pcs-next-year

Laptops and desktops will be interactive, get 3D depth-sensing cameras and be free of wires.

In an era of slick gadgets, PCs are the dinosaurs, ensnared in wire clutter, sporting tired 2D cameras and stricken with the occasional blue screen of death.

Technology coming up in 2015, though, is set to make PCs more interactive, fun and perhaps nosier than you'd like them to be. Apple's iPad changed the way people viewed computers and spurred PC innovation. Hardware makers drew ideas from mobile devices, gaming consoles and even 3D printers to rethink the PC, and the resulting new technologies will have a profound effect on how laptops and desktops are used next year and into the future. Perhaps the most interesting idea is Intel's "wire-free" PC, in which wireless technology will replace display, charging and data transfer cables. Chip maker Intel next year will show an experimental laptop that has no ports, and relies completely on wireless technology to connect to monitors and external storage devices.

IBM Set to Equip, Market Apple Devices in Strategic India TIE-UP
Source: The Economic Times; December 17, 2014

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-12-17/news/57154264_1_ibm-india-apple-devices-apple-products

Apple iPads and iPhones will soon be available on monthly installments as IBM begins selling them to enterprises in India along with its own software bundle.

"Under the arrangement with Apple, we can resell all existing Apple mobile devices, activate them and deploy and support them for two to three years. Customers can pay per year or per month — so there will be no capital cost for the customer," Will Duckworth, IBM's vice president and partner for Asia Pacific, told ET.

Govt Approves the EDF and Electropreneur
Source: EFY Times; December 18, 2014

http://www.efytimes.com/e1/fullnews.asp?edid=155392

Government of India has given an approval to the communications ministry’s policy to set up an Electronics Development Fund (EDF). The fund is aimed at promoting innovation, research and development (R&D), intellectual property (IP) and commercialization of products in the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM), nano-electronics and IT sectors. Apart from this, another important approval for the growth of ESDM sector was given by the government on 5 June for setting up electropreneur park with an investment of Rs 211 million. It would be put in practice by STPI, together with Delhi University and Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association, Bangalore, for Product development and IP creation in the ESDM sector.

According to an ELE Times report, Ashok Chandak, chairman, IESA and senior director, NXP Semiconductors said that EDF will serve as a key pillar to boost local ‘Innovation Led Design’, he further appreciated DeitY’s and Communication & IT Minister’s efforts for getting it finally approved. He added that EDF will serve as greater incentivisation for R&D and incubation centres to encourage the local IP development and product creation which constitutes greater than 50 per cent value addition for electronic products.

Compiled by IESA Research

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