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Foxconn could start manufacturing Apple iPhone in India: Report
Source: BGR India; April 11, 2015

World’s largest contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn is looking at re-entering India after shutting down the Nokia plant in Chennai. The company is planning to set up manufacturing units in Gujarat, Noida, and also a small trial unit in Andhra Pradesh.

Economic Times reports that this time, Foxconn plans to manufacture Apple smartphones in India. Foxconn holds the largest contract for Apple phones manufacturing. “With booming smartphone sales, Foxconn is ready with its plans. On cards are two plants, one in Gujarat and the second in Noida,” anonymous sources told the publication.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik meets Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Delhi
Source: Odisha diary; April 11, 2015

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik meets Union Information Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Delhi on Friday. Both the leaders discussed the possibilities of expanding IT industry in ‪‎Odisha‬ under the larger umbrella of Digital India. A review of the National Optical Fiber Network (‪#‎NOFN‬) work was also done. To boost electronic manufacturing in Odisha, the possibility of setting up Electronic Manufacturing Clusters was also discussed. Digital Literacy of people and computer training of ASHA, Anganwadi Centers and Fair Price Shop owners was also discussed.

Indian Government to showcase India Electronics and IT industry strength at Hannover Messe 2015
Source: Electronics maker; April 13, 2015

Promising a stable business environment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wooed German investors saying opportunities in India are “seamless” and huge for a vibrant economic partnership.

Inaugurating the Hannover Messe, a business fair, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Prime Minister said India is working on a “predictable and transparent” environment to open up investments.

India’s participation in the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology that is expected to attract over two hundred thousand global leaders in business, technology, industrial scientists and policy makers this year stands as the most significant international statement the Make in India program has made to date. The official partner country’s delegation comprises over 350 companies spread across 10 sectoral halls; 6 Government of India Ministries/Departments participating through 6 seminars; 14 state governments participating through 6 seminars; and over 120 top Indian CEOs.

Naidu woos Chinese firms, assures support for manufacturing
Source: The Hindu Business line; April 13, 2015

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has invited Chinese electronics, mobile phone, cement and other manufacturing companies to the State, calling upon them to establish their facilities, assuring necessary support and swift clearances. On a tour to China along with Cabinet colleague Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and senior officials, Naidu met officials of Xiaomi, Foxconn, Siemens, Huawei and a number of other companies inviting them to locate their manufacturing units and support facilities. During the tour he called on Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang and invited him to visit the State. According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office, a representative of Foxconn indicated at big investments in India over next three years focusing on smartphones, software, TVs and other electronic items.

Govt planning incentives for IoT startups
Source: The Times of India; April 13, 2015

The government is mulling offering incentives to VC-funded start-ups, which work on Internet of Things technologies, as it aims to attract such early stage funding as well as tap the huge potential of this sector for a boost to 'Make in India' programme.

The plan is to promote small firms, particularly startups, which are working on IoT technologies with focus on memory storage devices, processors, sensors, power devices and solar electronics panels and equipment, a source said.

IoT is a network of devices which communicates among itself using IP connectivity without human interference. This ecosystem includes intelligent systems, network equipment, connectivity services and data integration.

Electronics consumption is the 3rd highest after oil and gold
Source: Dataquest; April 13, 2015

While “Make in India” is still a wish list for all of us except in a few verticals, “Designed in India” is already happening across a myriad of market segments, thanks to the Indian engineering talent. Semiconductor companies like us have long realized that design locations and manufacturing locations are not the same for electronic systems designs. Hence semiconductor companies tend to incentivize their sales force based on design activity, where actual designs are getting done as opposed to where manufacturing happens. Manufacturing today is currently the prerogative of EMS companies in China and South East Asia. But with the “Designed in India” activities, semiconductor companies have already geared up the applications and sales support structure in India. Almost all semiconductor MNCs have significant amount of design activity from India. Separately, multiple design houses are also either doing full chips or supporting the design activities of the MNCs. The India R&D teams of the global semiconductor companies like Analog Devices have also become key centers of excellence, taking ownership of products, making key decisions and supporting global customers.

BMS College of Engineering Signs MoU with Robert Bosch for Launch of BMSCE
Source: India Education Diary; April 13, 2015

A MoU has been signed between the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of BMSCE and Robert Bosch for the launch of “BMSCE-Robert Bosch Automotive Electronics Laboratory” at the BMSCE campus to be part of the academics from 2015.

Designed to encourage innovative thinking and solutions at the forefront of the automotive industry, the lab will support the work of students pursuing their degree in the various engineering disciplines. The laboratory was inaugurated today, April 10, 2015, under the able guidance and leadership of Dr. Mallikharjuna Babu, Principal, BMSCE, Dr. D. Seshachalam, Head of the Dept. of Electronics & Communication and Mr. Vijay Ratnaparkhe, Managing Director and President of M/s Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt Ltd.

Defence procurement policy holds key to Make in India, Foreign Trade Policy
Source: Business today; April 14, 2015

If the recently announced Foreign Trade Policy was an extension of Make in India -emphasising on ease of doing business, digitisation of all documents and focus on defence exports-the Defence Procurement Policy, which was to be announced in March but is still awaited, will have to answer several questions left unanswered by the grand Make in India campaign and Foreign Trade Policy. It will be the 'How' of What.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have emphasised the need for simpler and more transparent defence procurement procedures. In the current scenario, India's regulations are so prohibitive that even the government is unable to purchase defence equipment made in India.

Infineon Board Member Arunjai Mittal Meets PM Modi
Source: EFY Times; April 14, 2015

The Honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met with Arunjai Mittal, Board Member of Infineon Technologies AG, on the eve of the Hannover Messe on Sunday, April 12th, 2015. At the CEO Roundtable meeting presided by Prime Minister Modi, Arunjai Mittal highlighted the opportunities for Indo-German collaboration in the field of semiconductor technology. He described how Infineon’s semiconductors solutions for energy efficiency, mobility and security help to make life greener, smarter and more convenient and secure. Power semiconductor solutions from Infineon help convert and transmit electrical energy in the most efficient manner, be it at source of renewable energy generation, transmission or consumption. Technologies like Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) based components help further increase energy efficiency. Infineon’s security chips, with their world class encryption technology, protect both individual users and manufacturers from unauthorized access to sensitive information. The chips were developed for use in security related applications like payment, national ID, health services and authentication.

India Builds Its First Smart City In Gujarat As Urban Population Swells
Source: The Huffington Post; April 15, 2015

India's push to accommodate a booming urban population and attract investment rests in large part with dozens of "smart" cities like the one being built on the dusty banks of the Sabarmati river in Gujarat. So far, it boasts modern underground infrastructure, two office blocks and not much else. The plan, however, is for a meticulously planned metropolis complete with gleaming towers, drinking water on tap, automated waste collection and a dedicated power supply - luxuries to many Indians. With an urban population set to rise by more than 400 million people to 814 million by 2050, India faces the kind of mass urbanisation only seen before in China, and many of its biggest cities are already bursting at the seams. Ahead of his election last May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised 100 so-called smart cities by 2022 to help meet the rush. At a cost of about $1 trillion, according to estimates from consultants KPMG, the plan is also crucial to Modi's ambition of attracting investment while providing jobs for the million or more Indians who join the workforce every month.

‘NASSCOM in favor of net neutrality’, President R. Chandrashekhar says
Source: BGR; April 15, 2015

Asserting that the all-pervasive Internet had become an aspect of modern living, an Indian IT industry body on Tuesday favored net neutrality so that it is accessible for the common good of all. “India should move in the direction of net neutrality as the benefits of the internet are manifold. We are in favor of net neutrality, as internet is a basic infrastructure in the virtual world,” Nasscom president R.

Chandrashekhar told IANS. As the representative body of the $150-billion IT industry, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) is drafting its response to the consultation paper the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had released for ascertaining the views of all the stakeholders on net neutrality. “We are soon submitting a detailed response to the TRAI paper on the issue, as we are equally concerned about the need to maintain net neutrality not only for the benefit of millions of netizens, but also other users such as entrepreneurs, start-ups, companies and other stakeholders,” Chandrashekhar, a former telecom.

More jets through ‘Make in India’ process: Parrikar
Source: The Hindu; April 15, 2015

While the two squadrons of 36 Rafale jets to be procured under direct purchase from France would meet the critical operational requirements of the Air Force, the need for additional aircraft would be addressed through the ‘Make in India’ process, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said. This gives some clarity on the government’s plans for fighter aircraft procurement after the surprise announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to buy 36 Rafale jets from France under direct purchase through a government-to-government deal. “I think two squadrons at least if you get in fly-away condition, meantime you can work on ‘Make in India’ process. While Air Force gets what it requires, the ‘Make in India’ process also gets enough time to work on,” Mr. Parrikar told NDTV on Tuesday. Stating that the Rafale deal shouldn’t have gone through a global tender in the first place, Mr. Parrikar said “the previous UPA government did not think it through.”

NASSCOM builds e-database of product firms
Source: The Hindu Business line; April 15, 2015

Finding the right technology product firm or solution could be a tough challenge for angels, private equity players and others in the start-up ecosystem. The Nasscom is building an online platform where the ecosystem partners can find the right candidate for their next investment or partnership, or for buying a product. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has hired a few consultants to build the database that can be accessible free by whoever wants to dig in. The online resource provides information on firms that focuses on different areas such as Big Data and analytics, Internet of Things, financial technologies, healthcare IT and security. It also divides firms across different verticals such as BFSI, telecom, government, manufacturing, IT and IT-enabled services. “Discovering the suitable product or a firm is very tough in the absence of proper information. Identifying this problem, Nasscom is collecting relevant information. The idea is to present a broad technology product landscape in the country,” Ravi Gururaj, Chairman of Nasscom’s Product Council, told BusinessLine here.

Top Indian firms sign six MoUs with German, Swiss companies
Source: Economic Times; April 15, 2015

Leading Indian public sector firms have signed six MoUs with top global companies from Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Bulgaria to scale up the country's manufacturing in high-tech areas at the ongoing Hannover Messe, the world's biggest industrial fair.

The MoUs were signed yesterday at a special event organised by the Engineering Exports Promotion Council (EEPC) India, the country's apex engineering organisation and mandated as the lead agency for India's participation as Partner Country at the fair, according to an EEPC release.

"A more profound technical collaboration between India and Germany will help the Indian electrical industry scale up in accordance with the rate at which the market is expected to grow," said Rajan Katoch, Secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry, at a seminar.

Philips India aims at 10 per cent share in TV Market by 2016
Source: Economic Times; April 16, 2015

PE Electronics, the license holder of Philips brand of TVs in India is aiming to have 10 per cent market share in the segment by 2016 with a turnover of up to Rs 1,800 crore in next two years.

The company with presence in top 50 towns is now gearing up to enhance its sales and service network in small towns by adding smaller screen size TVs under the Philips brand.

"We would definitely be a brand with 10 per cent of the market share by 2016. By then, the sales would be around million units with turnover of at least Rs 1,700 crore to 1,800 crore," PE Electronics Chief Executive Officer Neeraj Sethi said.

PE Electronics was set up in 2010 and has marketing rights of two brands, Philips in TV domain and Electrolux in the home appliances segment through a licensee agreement.

Chhattisgarh Govt to Promote Electronics Manufacturing Cluster
Source:; April 16, 2015

Under the EMC (Electronics Manufacturing Cluster) scheme, the government of Chhattisgarh is planning to provide one stop integrated facilities with manufacturing support, welfare and common infrastructure facilities to the prospective electronics manufacturing industries.

The EMC established as per the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). The Union Ministry of Communication and IT (MOC & IT) has issued a notification with DeitY guidelines of the central government for setting up EMC in Naya Raipur.

Naya Raipur is the new capital city of Chhattisgarh and is expected to emerge as India's first smart city with most modern facilities. The EMC at Naya Raipur is envisaged to house world class ecosystem for electronics manufacturing industries.

ADCOM 2015 Submission Date extended
Source:; April 17, 2015

The Advanced Computing and Communications Society (ACCS) in association with the Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, announces the 21st annual International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communications (ADCOM 2015) at Chennai during 18th -20th September 2015.

ACCS, a partner society of the IEEE Computer Society, is a registered scientific society in India founded to provide a forum to individuals, institutions and industry to promote and disseminate their innovative and pioneering work in Computing and Communications Sciences.

ADCOM, the flagship Systems Conference of the ACCS, is a major annual international meeting that attracts professionals from industry, academia and governments across the world. ADCOM is a very successful and a highly rated event that draws leading scientists and researchers in computational and communications engineering.

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