IESA WINWire June 07 - June 13, 2014
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DeitY to fund 3000 PhDs in electronics and IT/ITes
Source: Governance Now; June 7, 2014


To enhance innovation in electronics, government has launched a new scheme to fund 1500 PhDs, over and above the current intake

It is not difficult to imagine that most of the funky electronic gadgets that we so love to flaunt have all been designed outside India. In fact, India is amongst the last countries in the world for generation of intellectual property rights (IPR) in electronics. There are hardly 50 or so PhDs in electronic design in India every year.

IT exports from Odisha up 23% in 2013-14
Source:; June 7, 2014

Software exports from Odisha has touched about Rs 2,400 crore in 2013-14, an increase of 23.4 per cent over the previous fiscal, according to the provisional data compiled by Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).IT units in the state had exported Rs 1,945 crore in 2012-13, including Rs 1,705 crore by the STPI registered units.

Broadcom Lauds Govt’s Fab Moves
Source: LightReading; June 7, 2014

In the light of policy announcements for setting up two semiconductor fabrication facilities in India, the future looks promising for semiconductor manufacturing companies in India. Tech Online India recently spoke to industry veteran and Managing Director, Broadcom India, Rajiv Kapur, who shares his perspective on the future of the semiconductor industry in India.

Inverted Duty, Infra Issues Hurting IT Hardware Sector: Experts
Source: The Economic Times; June 8, 2014

Facing challenges like inverted duty structure and infrastructure bottlenecks, IT hardware industry has urged the new government to take corrective measures to bring back growth in the sector that has been witnessing flat growth in the last few years.

Faced with a double whammy of increasing input costs and growing preference for smartphones and tablets, the sector has seen big players like HCL Infosystems, Wipro and Samtel exiting the segment.

Telecom Manufacturing High on Prasad’s Agenda
Source: The Hindu Business Line; June 8, 2014

Policies that will boost telecom and electronics manufacturing in India are high on Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s first 100 days’ agenda. While Kapil Sibal, who held the portfolio under the UPA dispensation, had also taken this as one of the key initiatives, proposals such as the preferential manufacturing access did not take off due to differences within the Government on implementing it. According to top Government functionaries, Prasad now wants to take a fresh look at the issue and has asked the industry to come up with ideas on how local manufacturing can be made a reality. “The Minister met multinational mobile phone companies recently and asked them to give a list of things which the new Government can do to encourage them to set up factories in India,” the Government official told Business Line.

IoT Worldwide Market Forecast to Exceed $7 Trillion By 2020
Source: TechOnline India; June 9, 2014

While the interest and buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown steadily in recent years, the seemingly endless market promise continues to become reality. According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), a transformation is underway that will see the worldwide market for IoT solutions grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020. IDC defines the Internet of Things as a network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints (or "things") that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity – be it "locally" or globally.

Wearable Gadgets and Internet of Things Phenomenon Will Drive Growth for Indian Semiconductor Industry: IESA
Source: TechOnline; June 11, 2014

Senior IAS Officer and former Principal Secretary in the Karnataka Government, M N Vidyashankar, who has recently been appointed as the new president of the national electronics industry body, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), believes that India, can become the preferred destination for electronic and semiconductor companies across the world. In an exclusive interview, Vidyashankar shares his views on the key strengths, potential and possible opportunities for the Indian semiconductor industry. He also shares what must be done from a policy point of view to address infrastructure-related bottlenecks, and the opportunities for Indian firms in the Internet of Things era.

Info-Valley Electronics Cluster Gets In-Principle Nod
Source: Business Standard; June 11, 2014

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) under the Union ministry of communications and information technology has accorded the in-principle approval for setting up of an Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) under the EMCs scheme in the state. "In principle approval has been accorded for the proposed cluster in Odisha. Grant of Rs 96.96 crore has been approved by DEITY for the cluster to be developed over in 215.76 acres under the EMC scheme," said an official source. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) under the Union ministry of communications and information technology has accorded the in-principle approval for setting up of an Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) under the EMCs scheme in the state. “In principle approval has been accorded for the proposed cluster in Odisha. Grant of Rs 96.96 crore has been approved by DEITY for the cluster to be developed over in 215.76 acres under the EMC scheme," said an official source.

White goods makers want electronics sops
Source: Business Standard; June 11, 2014

The government is considering a proposal to extend benefits meant for electronics makers to white goods manufacturers. This comes after several consumer durables companies approached the department of electronics and information technology with investment proposals, seeking the same incentives offered to manufacturers of electronics.

Under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS), the government provides 20-25% subsidy on capital expenditure for manufacturers of electronics under 26 categories. This did not include what are termed 'white goods' such as washing machines or refrigerators. An official of the department said such items were not considered under this scheme "as they had very little tech in them".

Global Semiconductor Sales Increase in April
Source: CIOL; June 11, 2014

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing US leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.34 billion for the month of April 2014, an increase of 11.5 percent from the April 2013 total of $23.62 billion and a slight uptick of 0.7 percent compared to last month's total of $26.15 billion. Sales in the Americas increased 14.7 percent year-over-year in April, leading all regions. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. Additionally, a new WSTS industry forecast projects continued growth for 2014 and 2015.

Hyderabad to be electronics system design manufacturing hub
Source: Deccan Chronicle; June 12, 2014

The IT department of the Telangana government will make Hyderabad a hub for electronic system design manufacturing, with an e-city cluster of 602 acres and a science park at Maheshwaram in another 310 acres.IT minister K.T. Rama Rao met representatives from the electronics manufacturing units on Wednesday and committed to setting up of the two hubs.

On Semi to acquire Aptina for $400M
Source: EE Times India; June 12, 2014

On Semiconductor Corp. has entered a deal to buy Aptina Imaging Corp., a fabless CMOS image sensor company, for $400 million in cash. Aptina was created as spin-off of Micron Technology's image sensor division in March 2008 before becoming a privately held company in July 2009.

Electronic industry seeks independent commission
Source: The Economic Times; June 12, 2014

A proposal to set up an independent Electronic Commission similar to the Telecom Commission has been put forth by electronic industry representatives and semiconductor associations before the Union IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at a recent meeting in New Delhi.

"The Commission will include representatives from the industry as well," said MN Vidyashankar, president of the Indian Electronic and Semiconductor Association (IESA), who was present at the meeting along with IT secretary Ram Sewak Sharma. "The ministry is very positive towards this proposal," said Vidyashankar.

Multi-organisational tie-up to push electronics manufacturing
Source: Metro India; June 12, 2014

CeBIT India, Business IT and ICT trade fair, organised by Hannover Milano Fairs India signed partnerships with India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), a trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry and MAIT, the apex body representing the computer hardware, training and software industries.

Cebit hopes to get Modi, Nadella, Dell for tech fair
Source: The Times Of India; June 12, 2014

Many of the who's who of the technology world are expected to be in Bangalore for the first edition of Cebit India this November. Exactly who these will be is still not clear, but on top of the list of invitees are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Dell founder Michael Dell, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Tesla Motor CEO Elon Musk and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth.

CII & FICCI disagree on raising FDI in defense
Source: Business Standard; June 12, 2014

India's biggest two industry bodies - the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci).

Ficci officials reject the notion that raising FDI stimulates domestic manufacturing. They point out that although 74 per cent FDI was allowed in telecom, which was raised to 100 per cent last year, India's electronics import bill is on course to surpass the oil import bill by 2020. In contrast, defence self-reliance is highest in the nuclear, space and ballistic missile fields, where international technology was comprehensively denied to India. In these three fields, government agencies partnered the private sector to develop indigenous technologies and systems.

Compiled by IESA Research

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