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Bihar can become electronics hub: Prasad
Source: The Times of India; August 29, 2015

Union communications and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday laid the foundation stone for the state's first electronics manufacturing hub (EMH) in private sector which is set to come up on the outskirts of Patna. Prasad said ever since the formation of Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, he had been trying to convince the state to provide land so that an EMH could be opened up in public sector, but all his efforts went in vain. "When Jitan Ram Manjhi was the chief minister of the state, he showed some interest. However, after Manjhi's ouster, Nitish Kumar remained indifferent to the project," Prasad said. He added that when a Bihar-based promoter, Vinod Kheria, expressed interest in the project, the Centre readily agreed to it. Prasad inaugurated Kheria-promoted EMH at a function held here under the aegis of Bihar chapter of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). This start-up unit, spread over an area of 25 acres of land, has potential to expand further to an additional 15 acres of land. State CII chairman S P Sinha said the opening of EMH on Patna-Gaya highway would go a long way in generating investment in this sector in the state. Kheria said quite a few Delhi-based investors had also shown active interest in the project.

Videocon’s Kolkata unit starts manufacturing mobile phones
Source: BGR ; August 30, 2015

Domestic electronics company Videocon on Saturday said that it had started manufacturing mobile handsets at its Salt Lake facility here. Earlier this year, the company had said that it was planning to start three manufacturing units in the country in Hyderabad, Kolkata and Madurai. A top company said that the new facility is the first manufacturing unit in the eastern region of the country, and the group’s second mobile manufacturing plant after Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The facility, which will only make feature phones at the start, will have a production capacity of three million units a year. The unit, which will make smartphones and tablets as well, entailed an investment of Rs.50 crore for the group. The official also said that in future, the facility would also manufacture mobile handsets of other companies as well.

“Center Of Excellence for VLSI and Embedded System Design” Inaugurated At BMS College of Engineering
Source: IT Voice; August 31, 2015

Electronics Sector Skills Council of India today inaugurated their very first Center of Excellence for Very Large Scale Integration BMS_College_of_Engineering.svg(VLSI) and Embedded System Design at BMS College of Engineering. ESSCI has developed over 140 Qualification Packs (QP)/National Occupation Standards (NOS) across 14 sub-sectors of which Embedded System Design and VLSI are key domains absorbing engineers. To cater to the industry skill requirement, ESSCI in association with BMSCE and India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) has piloted this initiative.

“India’s electronics and semiconductor sectors have been on an upswing in the past few years. The country is already home to a large number of semiconductor design facilities and we are recognised for its supreme design capabilities. As the country is strengthening its ESDM manufacturing base coupled with high-end R&D projects, we are clearly moving ahead of the curve and India is emerging as a centre of attraction for ESDM design and manufacturing. Along with the industry growth, India needs to create a firm engineering talent base catering to the needs of this high-tech industry. We are glad to partner with ‘Electronics Sector Skills Council of India’ to set up the Center of Excellence (CoE) at BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore to create skilled and industry aligned faculty ecosystem,” M.N. Vidyashankar, President, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA).

More 'Make In India' Mobile Phones In 2015
Source: CXO Today; August , 2015

The Videocon group has recently started manufacturing mobile handsets in at its Salt Lake factory in Kolkata. With an initial investment of around Rs 50 crore, and production capacity at 3 million units per annum, the Kolkata facility would be manufacturing feature phones, which makes up almost 40 percent share of the mobile phones market, and later that the unit would also make smartphones and tablets. Not only Videocon, in the past few months, several mobile manufacturers have announced their plans to make handsets in India instead of sourcing from China. While some have already embarked on new projects, some other have started scaling up. The Indian mobile phone industry is reportedly expected to reach Rs 100,000 crore in 2015, which will give impetus to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ drive. The industry registered a turnover of Rs 75,000 crore in 2014. Though smart phones account for about 25 percent in numbers, however contribute three times as much in turnover. India’s largest phone maker Samsung, has been manufacturing in India for nearly a decade, has spent more than Rs 500 crore to add capacity at its plant in Noida where it makes many models, including the Tizen-powered Z1, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. China’s Lenovo has started making smartphones in India through contract manufacturer Flextronics at Sriperumbudur near Chennai.

Digital India: Focus will be on e-governance and electronic manufacturing, says IT secretary JS Deepak
Source: The Economic Times; September 1, 2015

New IT secretary JS Deepak has said the department's focus will be on delivering key e-government services to citizens and to give a leg up to electronic manufacturing in the country. "Firstly, [the emphasis is on] the 'Digital India' campaign with focus on e-governance, which is about making the government more responsible, more efficient and more available towards its citizens," Deepak, who took over as the secretary at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeiTY) on Monday, told ET. The department's second major area of focus will be promotion of manufacture of electronic hardware and exports from India. "This has been the focus of the department of IT and something our prime minister has repeatedly spoken of," Deepak said. "Bridging the export and import gap is a big challenge for us." India imports electronic items worth $100 billion every year and, according to the government's estimates, at this scale, by 2020 it could touch $400 billion, possibly surpassing the bill on fuel imports. To counter this gnawing deficit, the government has been trying to promote India as an attractive destination for setting up manufacturing facilities. Deepak said that while he needs more time to absorb his new assignment and understand complexities to be able to speak in detail, his priorities are in line with the government's thinking. The department's third priority area will be increasing employment through strengthening IT and ITeS services, including development and export of software. "This is an area in which we have been leaders, but our competitiveness is coming under attack from a number of new geographies like the Philippines, Mexico and China," he said.

Medical devices makers seek regulatory clarity
Source: Business Standard; September 1, 2015

Industry leaders participating in a session on the 'Make in India' initiative at the FICCI Heal 2015 conference have called upon the Government to take strong measures to drive the consumption of medical devices in the country, bring clarity to regulatory policy, correct the inverted import duty structure and provide fiscal incentives to give the domestic manufacture of medical devices a strong impetus for growth and turn India into a global innovation hub for medical technology. Convening the 'Make in India' and its Relevance to Healthcare session, Varun Khanna, Managing Director - BD India, said, the 'Make in India' campaign must be aligned with key government initiatives to create a strong impact on public health and provide safe medical care accessible to all. Therefore, it is important for the stakeholders in the medical devices and larger healthcare ecosystem to constructively engage in a dialogue to facilitate 'Make in India' for the country. The government should strengthen entrepreneurship and innovation to fulfil the clinical unmet needs leading to better patient outcomes."Ajay Pitre, Co-Chair of FICCI Medical Devices Forum and MD, Pitre Business Ventures Pvt. Ltd., said, "The need for quality healthcare services is going to rapidly expand as the Indian economy evolves.

‘Students should think of being job creators than job seekers’
Source: The Times of India; September 2, 2015

Renowned names in IT industry gathered in the city to recognize the achievements of engineering students from the city. Remembering the man credited with strengthening India's software muscles at international level, Dewang Mehta, they encouraged the students to work towards causes they believed in with the aim of contributing to country's success story. The occasion was Dewang Mehta IT awards 2015, organised by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Nagpur University, NIIT and Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust (DMFT). The event was a part of NIIT's celebration on completion of 25 years in the city. Chairman of NIIT Group and founder of NIIT University Rajendra Singh Pawar delivered the first Dewang Mehta Memorial lecture on the occasion. More than 450 engineering students from the city were felicitated for their academic achievements. Shivan Bhargava, group president of NIIT group, and vice-president of NASSCOM Rajiv Vaishnav also addressed the students. Having worked with and known Mehta, Pawar told the students what he thought the former NASSCOM chief embodied. "I believe Dewang would want the youth to follow the three D mantra of Dreams, Devotion, Discipline. One must never be scared of dreaming big. These dreams would need the fuel of passion and emotional drive that would give them enough determination to fulfil them. Also, while working towards achieving these dreams, one must be ready to work very hard and against all the adversities that life may throw at them," he said.

Punjab offers to set up Korean Park
Source: Business Standard; September 2, 2015

Calling for investment in Punjab by South Korean companies, Punjab Deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday offered to establish a Korean Park with plug-and-play facilities to kickstart inflows from the East Asian nation. Badal, who is leading a delegation on a five-day visit to South Korea, said that Korean companies could invest in environment management, transport, electronics and solar cell manufacturing. Badal made the Korean Park offer during his meeting with Kim Kyung Hwan, the vice minister for land, infrastructure and transport Vice Minister in Seoul on Wednesday. "The Korean minister said the government would ask Korean companies who had already invested in India to explore investment options in Punjab," a Punjab government spokesman said here. Badal also invited the Korean government to facilitate investment in smart cities in Punjab. "The Punjab government has decided to take up a project to create two smart cities at New Chandigarh and Mohali on its own. We are committed to move fast to facilitate investors who want to set up such cities," Badal said.

Engineering, Science & Technology Resources Portal….Where Teaching and Learning in a Networked World…
Source: Mbcet.wordpress; September 2, 2015

Electronics Sector Skills Council of India (ESSCI) inaugurated their very first Center of Excellence for Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) and Embedded System Design at BMS College of Engineering. ESSCI has developed over 140 Qualification Packs (QP)/National Occupation Standards (NOS) across 14 sub-sectors of which Embedded System Design and VLSI are key domains absorbing engineers. To cater to the industry skill requirement, ESSCI in association with BMSCE and India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) has piloted this initiative. The center is housed in the Department of Electronics and Communication, BMSCE. The CoE functions with a vision of creating skilled and industry aligned faculty, and is the first dedicated facility for faculty development in the country. The initiative falls under the umbrella of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and is an effort towards realizing “Skill India”; an initiative launched by our Honorable Prime Minister Sri. Narendra Modi. The Center of Excellence was inaugurated by the formal ceremonial lightning of the lamp by Chief Guest Dr. Madhusudan V Atre, CEO & Founder-Vegashakti Consultants; in the presence of Sri. N K Mohapatra, CEO-ESSCI; Sri M N Vidyashankar, IAS (Retd.), President-IESA and Dr. K Mallikharjuna Babu, Principal-BMSCE.

Sanjiv Mittal appointed as Joint Secretary e-governance in department of electronics and IT
Source: The Economic Times; September 3, 2015

The government has appointed Sanjiv Kumar Mittal, as joint secretary in the department of electronics and information technology (DEITY). The 1987 batch UP cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) offer will be in-charge of e-governance and has come in the place of Rajendra Kumar, a 1992 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS who recently moved back to his home cadre. The appointment is part of an ongoing exercise to fill up several vacant positions in DEITY. On Monday, former additional secretary of department of commerce JS Deepak took over as Secretary of DEITY while additional secretary (e-governance) Tapan Ray was appointed as Secretary of Corporate Affairs. However, the position left vacant by Ray is yet to be filled. Given prime minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Digital India project, there is a lot of focus on e-governance and digitization efforts. After assuming charge, Deepak told The Economic Times in an interview that the department's priority areas will be delivering key e-government services to citizens and to give a leg up to electronic manufacturing in the country. "Firstly, [the emphasis is on] the 'Digital India' campaign with focus on e-governance, which is about making the government more responsible, more efficient and more available towards its citizens," he said. Deepak was brought in as Secretary after Ram Sewak Sharma, a 1978 batch IAS officer from the Jharkhand cadre was appointed as the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Despite the two appointments, there are several key positions which are still vacant in the department.

Govt receives over Rs 1 lakh-crore worth proposals in electronics sector
Source: Daily News & Analysis; September 3, 2015

We are promoting electronic cluster in a big way since last 14 months. We have received investment proposals of Rs 1.07 lakh crore till now on which we are going to give lot of incentives under MSIPS, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of EEPC India.

Ravi Shankar Prasad Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Government has received investment proposals worth over Rs 1 lakh crore for manufacturing in the electronics sector, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

"We are promoting electronic cluster in a big way since last 14 months. We have received investment proposals of Rs 1.07 lakh crore till now on which we are going to give lot of incentives under MSIPS," Prasad said at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of EEPC India.
The Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme provides subsidy for investments in capital expenditure which is 20% for investments in special economic zones (SEZs) and 25% in non-SEZs.

Oppo joins Make in India bandwagon, in talks with Foxconn
Source: The Indian Express; September 3, 2015

Smartphone maker Oppo today said it is exploring options of manufacturing in India, a move that will help the Chinese firm bolster its presence in the burgeoning Indian handset market. The company, which entered the Indian market last year, said it is in discussions with electronics major Foxconn for the facility and is likely to take a decision on the same by October this year. “India is one of the most important part of our expansion plans around the world… We are exploring options. We are in discussions with Foxconn, its almost in the final stages, we will have more clarity by October,” Oppo Mobiles India CEO Mike Wang told PTI.

He added that the company may also look at the option of setting up its own assembly line.

One of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally, India is poised to overtake the US as the second-largest market in the next few years. Shipments in India grew 44 per cent to 26.5 million units in April-June, as per research firm IDC.

Also, over the past few months, global smartphone makers like Asus, Motorola and Gionee have stated that they are considering manufacturing in India, where the government is pushing through its ‘Make in India’ initiative. Last month, Chinese firm Xiaomi opened its manufacturing facility in partnership with Foxconn in Vishakhapatnam.

Xiaomi may introduce notebooks in 2016; plans to take on Apple’s Macbooks
Source: Firstpost; September 3, 2015

Xiaomi is planning to launch a notebook in 2016 according to a report in Digitimes. The report states that Xiaomi is going to develop the notebook with ODM partners Inventec and Foxconn Electronics.

According to sources who spoke to Digitimes, Xiaomi plans to use the same model it used with smartphones for its upcoming notebooks, i.e. launching notebooks with a high price to performance ratio. Sources from the supply chain have stated that the notebook’s mass production schedule has not yet been confirmed.

Xiaomi will most likely go with a 15-inch notebook size and will bundle the laptops with Linux OS. Approximate price points of the notebook are speculated to be in the CNY 2,999 region which roughly translates to Rs 31,500.

If you have followed Xiaomi since its entry into India, there were speculations of it releasing a laptop in the past as well.

'Indian suppliers should reinvest in manufacturing', says Suzuki's CEO
Source: Autocar Professional; September 3, 2015

Indian suppliers should reinvest their profits in their second and third plants and enrich their manufacturing. In addition to 'Make in India', auto component suppliers should also focus on quality and cost said Osamu Suzuki, chairman and CEO of Suzuki Motor Corp, at the Make in India: how the auto components industry can make it happen session. This was at the 55th annual session and national conference of ACMA in Delhi. Anant Geete, union minister for heavy industries and public enterprises, reiterated this thought saying that the right approach and right programme was necessary on the part of the component suppliers to enable the Make in India vision a success and envisioned the sector becoming numero uno globally, going forward. "The performance of the OEM depends on the performance of the suppliers with 75 to 80 percent parts coming from the suppliers for the vehicle," said the new SIAM president and MD of Ashok Leyland, Vinod Dasari. Going forward, emission and safety norms, the upcoming Bus Body code, electronics and diagnostic equipment would play an important role.

DEFTRONICS 2015 to accelerate ‘Make in India’ in Defence Electronics
Source: Electronics Maker; September 3, 2015

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry will be focusing on Building Global Partnerships for ‘Make in India’ in the Aerospace, Defence and Internal Security sectors at DEFTRONICS 2015.

The Indian Aerospace, Defence and Internal Security domains are growing rapidly but are still reliant on imports to a large extent. In this context, IESA, along with Roland Berger, will present a White Paper on Defence Electronics Policy during the inauguration in the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, H’ble Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, H’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Industries, Government of India.

Deftronics 2015 brings together stalwarts from the government, the industry, the academia and the global arena to identify ways to further accelerate Make in India by building global partnerships that help us leapfrog current challenges and achieve our goals faster and with greater precision. The platform has already achieved newer heights with the presence of leading Defence organisations like Boeing, Bharat Forge, HSMC, BEL, DRDO and many very senior government officials.

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