Odisha IT Dept to Be Renamed Dept Of Electronics & IT
Source: DQ Week; May
The Odisha government has approved the electronic system design and
manufacturing (ESDM) road map prepared by India Electronics &
Semiconductor Association (IESA), paving the way for development of
this sunrise sector in the state. IESA has suggested change in the
name of Department of IT as Department of Electronics & IT on the
lines of renaming of the Government of India's Department of
Information Technology to Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY).
How Narendra Modi Government Can Boost Technology Manufacturing to
Provide Jobs to Millions
Source: The Economic
Times; May 25, 2014
As contrasts go, few could be starker: technology services has
ballooned to a $110-billion business in the past decade while
technology manufacturing is stranded on the runway. Unsurprisingly,
manufacturing hopefuls jokingly point out that "we haven't just missed
the bus, we've missed the flight" and, more seriously, "we can't even
make a computer mouse". Industry lobbies are hoping for a change once
the new government takes charge at the Centre. Says Ashok Chandak,
chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA):
"India has had lot of impediments in the past that made it expensive
to set up plants. There's hope that things will change now." In the
immediate term, to catch up with the missed opportunities IESA believe
foreign collaborations is the way out. Says MN Vidyashankar,
president, IESA: "Auto manufacturing took off due to joint ventures
with foreign carmakers. We need similar ventures in hightech
manufacturing." Already, Japan and Taiwan are scouting for
Philips to re-enter
Indian mobile handset market
Source: Times of India; May
Philips will launch a range of smartphones and feature phones on
Wednesday, as the Dutch consumer electronics maker re-enters the
extremely competitive and crowded Indian smartphone market which is
one of the fastest growing in the world. A company spokesperson said
that Philips brand of feature phones and smartphones will be launched
on May 28 in New Delhi by Sang Fei Consumer Communications Co.
Five areas Narendra
Modi should focus on to make India the next China
Source: NewsHub; May 25, 2014
India and China, two emerging economies of the Asian world, have been
keenly watched across the globe for their high economic growth
potential. While Five areas Narendra Modi should focus on to make
India the next Chinathat has helped its economy scale new highs.
According to India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA),
manufacturing could create 28 million new jobs in the next 10 years
and save foreign exchange, as demand for electronics hardware gadgets
is set to expand from $55 billion in 2014 to $400 billion by 2020.
MAIT in Dialogue with
ICT Head of BJP
Source: The Hindu; May 25,
The Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) has
started working closely with the BJP’s head for ICT (information,
communication, and technology) industry interface and policy issues so
as to hit the ground running when the new government starts
functioning. The IT hardware industry has been grappling with a number
of regulatory issues over the last one year, the most prominent of
which is its tussle with the Bureau of Industry Standards over
certification standards. The outgoing dispensation, for instance, also
recently ordered a change in which electronic products would have to
be labelled. “Not only was the label change an outrageous demand… it
was also expected to be executed at such short notice. We are hoping
that a number of the issues that have delayed shipments and have
caused potential spikes in prices will soon be sorted,” said a top
executive of a leading PC and laptop firm. According to a note, MAIT
has reached out to Vinit Goenka, who is the head for ICT industry
interface & policy issues, and his team.
Internet of Things:
The Next Wave in Computing
Source: EE Times India; May
Innovation has been a key factor in the success of the electronics
industry. Gordon E Moore’s Law — that the number of transistors on
integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years — had held
true for 40 years. The industry has now steadily improved the
footprint, the cost, the performance and the power dissipation of
electronic circuits. Can aspiring engineers keep up the rate of
progress? Working in that direction are some students from various
engineering institutes in the country who competed in teams to put
their learning to practical use for society, at the Texas Instruments
India Educators’ Conference (TIIADC) 2014, held recently. The scaling
of Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology, used for
constructing integrated circuits, cannot continue much longer.
The policy mix that
Source: The Hindu Business
Line; May 26, 2014
To stay competitive in the global market place and create employment
opportunities for the country’s young workforce, it is imperative for
India to transform its manufacturing sector.
India has low indigenous manufacturing capability in the bio medical
devices industry, heavy machinery (mechanical and electrical) industry
and the semiconductor and advanced electronics industries. India’s
competence is restricted to automotives, auto-components, consumer
goods, basic computer hardware, pharmaceuticals and so on — all of
which are largely driven by private industry.
Micromax ropes in
Vineet Taneja from Samsung as CEO
Source: VCCircle; May 26,
Homegrown handset and tablet manufacturer Micromax Informatics Ltd has
appointed Vineet Taneja, former country head (IT & mobile businesses)
at Samsung India, as its chief executive officer. Taneja is replacing
Deepak Mehrotra, who had quit the firm in October last year to join
Pearson India as managing director.
In his new role, Taneja will drive global partnerships and strategic
alliances while strengthening the organisational capabilities within
What Indian handset
makers see at Modi-led new government?
Source: ITVoir.com; May 26,
As the whole country is looking at Narendra Modi led Indian
government, the Indian handset makers are also in the list, who are
expecting the new government to rationalize the structures of local
tax and decrease import duty on phones ranging below Rs 2,000 from the
present 7 to 1%.
The whole industry is seeing these changes to occur immediately.
In the long run, the Indian phone manufacturers want the Modi-led
government to incorporate a semiconductor policy that will help
creating a highly required ecosystem for the making of phones in the
Taking charge of
Source: The Hindu Business
Line; May 27, 2014
With the newly elected government in power, the Indian electronics
sector is full of optimism. Growth in this sector, especially in
manufacturing, has not taken off and the sector awaits faster
implementation of policy. Now, with a strong political mandate, the
Government should go ahead to boost business and industry sentiment.
Based on the recommendations of a task force I headed in 2009, the
Government had created the electronics policy to cover manufacturing.
investor confidence, jobs key tasks
Source: Indian Express ;
May 27, 2014
Restoring investor confidence in the country’s telecom sector and job
creation in electronics manufacturing are the two key priorities of
the new Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who took
charge on Tuesday.
“We will create an enabling atmosphere that will lead to improvement
in investor sentiment. The decision-making shall be fair, based on the
twin objective of growth and consumer satisfaction.
Telecom Minister to meet DEITY officials tomorrow
Source: Business Standard; May 28, 2014
Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will meet officials of
Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITy) for the
second time to take detail presentation of issues and proposed action
plan. "Tomorrow I will go to IT (ministry) and share time with them,"
Prasad said after completing his second round of meeting with
Department of Telecom Officials.
UPA regime approved first ever policy focused on electronics
manufacturing in 2013. The policy attracted investment worth Rs 75,000
Major chunk of total proposed investments, about Rs 63,000 crore, was
from two semiconductor plants which is yet to be made by selected
India’s Mobile Governance Initiative bags United Nations Public
Source: Press Information Bureau; May 28, 2014
The United Nations Public Service Awards Programme (UNPSA), the most
prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service,
rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service
institutions to a more effective and responsive public administration
in countries worldwide.
"Mobile Seva", the national mobile governance initiative launched by
Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY),
Government of India, has bagged the second prize under the category on
"Promoting Whole-of-Government Approaches in the Information Age" of
the United Nations Public Service Awards, 2014. Mobile Seva is the
only winner from India across all categories this year.
Apple to acquire Beats Music & Electronics for $3 billion
Source: Business Standard; May 29, 2014
Tech giant Apple will acquire music service Beats Music and Beats
Electronics for USD 3 billion, a move aimed at strengthening its music
The deal, expected to close in the fourth quarter, will see Beats
co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joining Apple.
Speculations about the deal started earlier this month with the size
estimated at USD 3.2 billion.
Centre approves electronics projects worth Rs 89 crore in Madhya
Source: IBNLive; May 30, 2014
The Central government has sanctioned electronics manufacturing
projects worth Rs 88.65 crore in two districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The projects, coming up at Badwai near in Bhopal and Purva near
Jabalpur, will provide employment to over 17,000 people, said a
release issued by the state government's Information Technology
RED PITAYA – Oscilloscope, Function Generator & Spectrum Analyser All
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Low Cost 3D Printer - RepRapPro Ormerod
Source: Company Press Release; May 30, 2014
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