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Due to lot of requests and in view of the festive season last month, the last date of nomination for Technovation 2014 has been extended till November 22, 2014. Kindly send in your nominations before the final deadline of November 22, 2014. Over the years the Technovation awards have set quality standards for the electronics and semiconductor ecosystem. The Awards will honor India’s best individual contributors and organizations that drive the industry forward; and provide them with a platform to showcase their achievements and product successes. Nominations open till November 22, 2014. Nomination Forms available on IESA Technovation Website. Click on the link for details

Centre sanctions 4,000cr for national supercomputing policy
Source: The Times Of India; November 8, 2014


Chairman of the Parliamentary standing committee on science, technology and environment Ashwani Kumar said that the Centre has approved the national supercomputing policy that was mooted during his tenure as the UPA's minister of state for science and technology (2011-12)

As part of the supercomputing policy, the government plans to build a vast supercomputing grid that will include over 70 high-performance computing facilities. The project is to be implemented within a seven-year period, with benefits reaching the people by 2025. The chairman, who visited Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and Isro Inertial Systems Unit (IISU) on Thursday, said the policy is expected to propel the country as a supercomputing power which will benefit strategic missions, space science and telemedicine.

TCS' 20K Bengal campus to be functional in 18 months
Source:; November 8, 2014

The new software development campus of Tata Consultancy Services at Rajarhat near Kolkata is likely to be fully functional in next 18 months and the centre expects to have a seating capacity of nearly 20,000 people, a senior official of the IT giant said.

"The new facility will be built in three phases in 40 acres.

“The first stage is already operational and almost 2,000 people are working there. It will grow to 19,000-20,000 in next 12-18 months' time in different phases," the official told PTI.

Bangalore to host maiden CeBIT fair tomorrow; start-ups to get special display
Source: The Hindu Business Line; November 10, 2014

The world’s leading IT & ICT event CeBIT will take place over three days from 12-14 November in Bengaluru. The event which is brought to India for the first time by Hannover Milano Fairs will see the participation of over 600 exhibitors both domestic and international. The 3-day trade show will see the participation of 25,000 – 30,000 buyers of whom 15 per cent are expected to be from around the world.

CeBIT has partnered with industry bodies IESA (India Electronics and Semiconductor Association) and MAIT and will host 60-80 member companies from both bodies to participate in the trade show for which two separate pavilions have been earmarked. MAIT is also setting up an ‘I am Green’ stall at Plugged IN, the consumer electronics and technology event held between 14 and 16, organized by Hannover Milano Fairs. Aimed at educating enterprises, small business, media and general public on the perils of e-waste, MAIT has invited organizations and individuals to dispose their e-waste at the ‘I am Green’ stall.

Toshiba to invest $ 30 million to expand power biz in India
Source: Economic Times; November 10, 2014

Japanese firm Toshiba Corporation will invest about $ 30 million for expanding its production capacity in the power transmission and distribution business in India.
The investment is part of the company's plan to invest $ 100 million in Indian power sector by 2016.

"Toshiba Corporation will reinforce its transmission and distribution (T&D) business in India with a 3 billion yen (approximately $ 30 million) investment in new production capacity at Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems India Private Ltd (TTDI) in Hyderabad," the company said in a statement.

Smartphone sales up 65 percent to 23.5 million in Q3: Counterpoint
Source: Jagran Post; November 11, 2014

Growing consumer preference for Internet-enabled phones and falling prices has helped smartphone sales in India to grow 65 per cent to 23.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014, a report by Counterpoint Research said.

This is against sales of over 14 million smartphones sales in July-September 2013 period, Counterpoint said in its Market Monitor Q3 2014 Report.

On a quarter on quarter basis, sales were up over 23 per cent from about 19 million units in April-June 2014 quarter.

"The growing need for consumers flocking to the internet using mobile phones coupled with rapidly declining average selling price (ASP) of smartphones has been the key drivers of uptake of smartphones in India," Counterpoint Research Senior Consultant Tina Lu said.

US-China deal could end fees on $1T in tech sales
Source: Yahoo! India Finance; November 12, 2014

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.

President Barack Obama, in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, said Tuesday that the U.S. and China reached an "understanding" on expanding the Information Technology Agreement of 1996. The ITA bans tariffs — or taxes on imported goods and services — on IT products among countries that are part of the World Trade Organization. Tariffs give domestic goods a price advantage for customers over imported ones. The expanded deal would eliminate those costs for multiple high-tech products such as global positioning systems, medical equipment, software and gadgets — leveling the playing field for those items.

China eyes big in electronics investment in Tamil Nadu
Source: Deccan Chronicle; November 12, 2014

The winding up of Finnish handset maker Nokia’s plant at Sriperumbudur may not turn out to be a loss to Tamil Nadu, as China has offered to develop the electronics industry in a big way besides pumping in huge sums of money into the state under the “Make in India” concept of PM Narendra Modi.China which is keen on promoting development in three Indian metros has in principle agreed to strive for the development of Chennai-Chongqing as “sister cities”. Besides, New Delhi and Mumbai are the other cities where Chinese expertise in railways and road infrastructure would be utilised. The Chongqing area is an industrial hub of and contributes nearly 20 per cent of laptop production in China.

HumiSeal to set up manufacturing facility in India
Source: Autocar Professional; November 12, 2014

HumiSeal's conformal coatings help protect automotive electronic assemblies.

The United States-headquartered conformal coating giant Humiseal is looking to set up its manufacturing unit in India soon.

The conformal coatings produced by Humiseal are used to protect automotive electronic assemblies. Conformal coating material is applied to electronic circuitry to act as protection against moisture, dust, humidity, damage caused by insects, chemicals, and temperature extremes that, if uncoated (non-protected), could result in damage or failure of the electronics to function.

Currently the company has been supplying its coating products to the Indian automotive industry through its channel partner Pune-based Drive Technologies.

'Make in India' imprint on Gujarat new Electronics Policy
Source: The Economic Times; November 12, 2014

The Gujarat Government today unveiled a new policy under which the state seeks to emerge as a globally recognised hub for the Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) industry by 2020, a move influenced by the Centre's 'Make In India' drive.

Chief Minister Anandi Patel announced the Electronics Policy (2014-2019) under which a slew of incentives has been provided for the new entrants as well as existing players.

Gujarat offers 100% subsidy on CST under new electronics policy
Source: Hindu Business Line; November 12, 2014

The Gujarat government has made a generous move to encourage electronics manufacturing in the State.

As per the newly announced electronics policy, among other sops, the Government will offer 100 per cent subsidy on Central Sales Tax (CST) and VAT refund equal to 90 per cent of capital investment made for expansion of the existing manufacturing units.

The Government plans to generate employment for about 5 lakh people under the new policy, which aims to attract investment of about $6 billion (around ₹3,600 crore) by 2020 and generate business worth $16 billion (around ₹9,600 crore).

'Bangalore will become the world's largest IT cluster by 2020'
Source: Hindu Business Line; November 12, 2014

Bangalore is all set to topple Silicon Valley in the US and take pole position as the world’s IT capital by 2020.

In his inaugural address at CeBIT India and Bangalore 2014, which kicked off at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, on the outskirts of the city, Srivatsa Krishna, IT Secretary, Karnataka Government, said: “Bengaluru is the unquestioned Silicon City of India and our only competition is the original Silicon Valley in the US. By 2020, we are on track to be the largest IT cluster globally, employing the highest number of IT professionals.”

The statistics doled out on Karnataka’s capital are impressive: Bangalore contributed $45 billion, or 38 per cent of India’s total IT exports, including domestic consumption, last fiscal. Of this, $33 billion was from exports alone, compared with $18 billion from Tamil Nadu and $15 billion from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Gujarat government declare new Electronics policy, sets a turn over of
Source: Net India123; November 13, 2014

Gujarat government today announced the new Electronics Policy for comprehensive development of Electronics sector in the state which has set a target of 16 billion dollars annual turnover and to create five lakh employment opportunities. In a statement released by the state government the, motives and targets of the electronics policy 2014-19 are to set up facilities for setting up Semiconductor Fabrication units, to develop Green field and Brown field Electronics Manufacturing Clusters,to encourageleading global electronics design companies to set up industrial units. The policy has set the target in the state by year 2020. It has also envisaged to create 5 lakh employment opportunities by 2020 and to set up the Gujarat Electronics Mission for development of this sector.

Karnataka way ahead of competition: IT Secretary
Source: State of Kerala; November 13, 2014

At a time when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is wooing investors to his State, Karnataka’s IT Secretary Srivatsa Krishna, on Wednesday, said the IT sector here is way ahead of its neighbouring State by a huge measure.

Karnataka contributes 38 per cent of the country’s $118 billion overall IT exports compared to $18 billion from Tamil Nadu and $15 million from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. “I wonder why there is too much speculation in the media that the IT industry is going away. If it was going away, would CeBIT be coming all the way from Germany and settle in Bengaluru? Let me separate fact from fantasy, and present the facts. They could have gone to Delhi or Mumbai, yet they chose to come here,” he said.

Compiled by IESA Research

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