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CSIDCL Starts Process For Setting ‘Electronic Manufacturing Cluster’
Source: The Pioneer; March 7, 2015

The Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (CSIDCL) has called for ‘Expression of Interest’ (EoI) to form joint ventures or consortiums from organisations for being part of ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) for development, operation and maintenance of ‘Electronic Manufacturing Cluster’ (EMC) at Naya Raipur. It may be recalled that CSIDCL in order to boost investment in ‘Electronic System Design & Manufacturing’ ( ESDM) Sector has proposed to develop an EMC in Naya Raipur.

The EMC would be 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. The CSIDCL has already received in-principal approval from DeitY for developing the cluster, officials stated. The CSIDC had floated an EOI on September 1, 2014 and it is now looking for more investors for the project, officials stated.

Telecom Equipment Imports At Rs 74,000 Crore in Financial Year 2014
Source: BGR; March 8, 2015

India’s telecom equipment imports, which include mobile handsets, grew by over 20 percent to Rs 74,116 crore last fiscal. These imports have continued to rise from 2011-12, when they totaled Rs 59,447.40 crore, to Rs 61,539.01 crore in 2012-13. They reached Rs 74,116.21 crore in 2013-14, according to the government data.

Between April and October, first 7 months of the 2014-15 fiscal, the imports stood at Rs 52,310.47 crore. Meanwhile, according to Indian Cellular Association, 225 million mobile handsets were imported in 2014, up 20 percent from 187.5 million in the previous calendar year. In 2011, the number stood at 130 million. While the overall demand has grown from 180 million units in 2011 to 270 million in 2014, the volume of devices made in India declined from 155 million in 2011 to 58 million in 2014.

Proposals Worth Over Rs 25,352 Crore for Electronics Mfg
Source:; March 8, 2015

Government has received investment proposals worth over Rs 25,352 crore for electronics manufacturing in the country under the two schemes launched by the government to boost domestic production of such goods. Investment proposals of about Rs 19,057 crore have been received under Modified-Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) and Rs 6,295.93 crore under the Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) scheme, an official in the Communications and IT Ministry, said.

The official added that 58 proposals are for electronic hardware manufacturing under M-SIPS. Of these, 30 have already been approved and 5 more have been recommended for approval entailing investments of Rs 7,794 crore. “For EMC schemes, 34 proposals have been received worth project outlay of Rs 6,295.93 crore. Of these, 16 proposals have been accorded in-principle approval and 10 are under appraisal process,” the official said.

Make In India: A Revolution This Way Comes
Source: My mobile; March 9, 2015

The Make in India initiative from the Government has attracted a lot of attention. But what really lies behind the initiative and what does it entail for the consumer and the industry? We take a closer look at Make in India’s mobile side.

The electronics industry has witnessed tremendous growth in the last decade with India emerging as one of its biggest consumers with an appetite that is growing very rapidly. Reports show that 65 per cent of the country’s electronics demands are fulfilled through imports with mobile phones accounting for approximately half of this. The demand for electronics goods in India is expected to reach 400 billion US Dollars by 2020 and unless something is done about it, import of electronics would exceed the import of oil….

One of the downsides of technical training in India is the gap between institutional training and the actual requirement of the industry. Recently, IESA (Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association) signed an MoU with ESSCI (Electronics Sector Skills Council of India), Visvesvarya Technological University and RV-VLSI Design Centre to close this gap between training and the industry. The agreement with Visvesvarya Technological University and RV- VLSI Design centre is expected to bridge this gulf by offering courses and programs that would serve the requirements of the industry better. The collaboration with ESSCI will center on training students in semi-conductor and embedded design.

30 Maharashtra’s Towns To Become Smart Cities
Source: The Asian Age; March 10, 2015

The state government is preparing to develop 30 of Maharashtra’s towns into smart cities with focus on different themes like education, medicine, entertainment, industry etc. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao made the announcement during the inaugural speech of the budget session of the state legislature on Monday.

He added that the government has decided in-principle to increase the present permissible FSI (Floor Space Index) for industrial use in agriculture and no development zones (NDZ). The governor also informed that the government is coming up with online performance appraisal reports systems for the state cadre officers and a new scheme for promoting girl education called “Maajhi Kanya Bhagyashri” would be launched on the lines of “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” of the Centre.
While addressing the joint session at the Central Hall, Mr Rao said, “In the light of smart city mission announced by the Centre, the government intends to develop 30 smart cities in the state. Various study groups have also been formed to suggest the road map in this regard.”

IESA Collaborates With MIDC and MCCIA to Transform Pune as an Electronics Hub
Source: The Times of India; March 10, 2015

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry has announced the submission of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for proposed Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Pune, in association with Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).

As knowledge partners to MIDC and MCCIA, IESA has extended support to prepare and submit the preliminary application with the project report for a proposed CFC (Common Facilities Centre) in Pune, under the guidelines of the EMC scheme of DeitY, GoI. The Government of Maharashtra will now submit the preliminary application to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) for their in-principle approval.

The EMC project will have a large role in redefining the future of electronics design and manufacturing in the state. The cluster will be located in Pimpri Industrial Area, spread over 27,000 sq feet and is estimated to have an investment of Rs 70.89 crores.

Pune Electronics Cluster Plan Submitted To State Govt
Source: The Times of India; March 10, 2015

The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) on Tuesday announced that it has finalized and submitted details of the proposed Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) in Pune to the state government. The proposal will be forwarded to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) for its in-principle approval. The association also said that it will set up an incubation centre in Pune as per the instructions of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). It is expected to be operational by the end of year. The association said that the plan is expected to be approved in three months and it will be operational within a year. The Aurangabad plan is being prepared and agreement with the MIDC is awaited. The association, which represents the Indian electronic system design and manufacturing industry, had announced in June last year that it will be setting up Brownfield electronic manufacturing cluster in Pune, Aurangabad and Navi Mumbai, in association with the Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).

India could lose opportunity to have greater say in the way Internet is governed worldwide: Fadi Chehadé, ICANN
Source: Economic Times; March 10, 2015

Fadi Chehade, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), sees India's role in shaping the future of the Internet as critical because it is among the fastest growing Internet economies. Now is the time for the country to take a stand on the world platform to ensure it has a greater say in regulating the flow of online information, Chehade told ET an interview.

"... India since Nehru's time has been a country that very aptly helped people find the middle ground. Now is the time for India to play that role in this digital economy, to show the world that not everything is 0 or 1, black or white," he said.

Editorial: Budget Vs Digital India
Source: The Financial Express; March 11, 2015

The government is all set to earn in the region R100,000 crore from the current auction of radio spectrum in the 800, 900, 1800 and 2100MHz bands. While the rich pickings—approximately a third will be paid in FY16—will help the finance minister prune the deficit, it will end up hurting the country in the longer term. The immediate impact could be on the high-voltage Digital Indiainitiative. Under the programme, all government servicesare to be made available to people electronically by 2018. Digital India aims at reducing the daily interface that the citizen has with bureaucracy. But, its success hinges on providing high-speed broadband connectivity, an area where progress has always been slow. As of end-December 2014, India had just over15 million fixed broadband connections, but well over 300 million mobile internet users—for Digital India, what really matters is the broadband access since delivering good content requires large bandwidth. IDC estimates there will be 378 million smartphone users in India by 2018. For these users to get broadband connectivity, it is imperative that operators beef up their networks in a big way.

'Make In India' Wave: BMW Motorrad to Assemble Bikes Locally
Source: NDTV; March 11, 2015

With the growing popularity of the 'Make in India' campaign, it isn't surprising to see automotive manufacturers to join the bandwagon. As far as bike manufacturers are concerned, while Harley-Davidson, Triumph and Kawasaki are already making some of their products in India, Benelli is set to follow in their path. And according to Autocar India, BMW Motorrad will soon add its name to the list too. Though BMW Motorrad is yet to enter India officially, the report claims the company is looking at locally assembling the bikes (starting with BMW F700 and F800 GS) at its Chennai plant. This move will allow the company to price its bikes competitively, thanks to the lower taxes on local assembly.

FICCI-PMI Report Suggests Steps for 'Make in India' To Be SUCCESSFUL
Source: Indiablooms; March 11, 2015

With the launch of the Make in India initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Project Management Institute (PMI) submitted a report to the government to realise Make in India. The report was released at the ‘FICCI-PMI Symposium on Project Management Practices 2015’ organized by FICCI in partnership with PMI.

Today, it is more critical than ever to build project management capabilities, especially at an organizational level for Make in India to deliver results. Realizing this, FICCI and PMI have identified the top three critical areas which need attention in order to create a conducive environment for the success of Make in India.

The areas are: Quality of stakeholder engagement and risk management in large projects; Nodal agency role in monitoring and supporting project execution; and Training and tools for enhancing organizational project management capabilities, especially in government.

IMF sees India growth at 7.5% in next fiscal
Source: Livemint; March 12, 2015

India’s near-term growth outlook has brightened and the balance of risks have become more favourable, helped by greater political certainty, policy action and a conducive economic environment, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report released on Wednesday, calling for deeper structural reforms. IMF’s growth projections for the economy, however, are lower than the government’s. In the report, the fund forecast that the economy will grow 7.2% in the year that ends on 31 March, using the new method of calculating gross domestic product (GDP). The government has estimated 7.4% growth. In 2015-16, IMF projects India to grow 7.5%; the finance ministry has estimated the growth rate at a faster 8.1-8.5%.

After Japanese, Taiwanese Investors to Invest in India! Taiwan’s Foxconn to Invest $600-700M in Snapdeal!
Source: Techstory; March 12, 2015

One of the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturing firms, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group, looking to invest $600-700 million in Indian eCommerce company, Snapdeal. Snapdeal is also said to be in talks with China’s Alibaba group for potential investment.

The talks are said to be in a very preliminary stage. In February this year,Snapdeal had announced that it was looking to raise $400 million seeking a valuation of $5 billion.

“Foxconn is world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer. But they are now finding new growth drivers as revenue from the contract manufacturing business is slowing down. India being a huge retail market, this is a great opportunity for them,” a person with knowledge of the deal is said to have told VCCircle.

Xiaomi to Set Up Production in India Within 18 Months
Source: NDTV; March 13, 2015

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it would invest further and begin local production within 12 to 18 months in India, one of the world's fastest-growing markets and currently dominated by Samsung Electronics and local firms like Micromax.

The five-year-old Chinese company, whose name means "little rice," entered the Indian market in July last year and its low-priced but feature-rich smartphones have proved a big hit, with sales of over a million phones within five months.

"We want to invest deeply in this market, we want to have a significant amount of research and development done here - not only for India but the rest of the world," Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's vice president of international operations, said.

Compiled by IESA Research

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