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.
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: Dailyexcelsior.com; 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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
Suggests Steps for 'Make in India' To Be SUCCESSFUL
Source: Indiablooms; March
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,
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.
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