'IoT Has Low Barriers
Source: Business World; June 1, 2015
M N Vidyashankar, a former bureaucrat, served as the Principal
Secretary of the Karnataka government for several years. He was in
charge of various portfolios such as the Information Technology and
Bio-Technology departments before retiring in 2013. In one year as the
head of the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA),
he has been championing the cause of startups as the next big avenue
for job creation. He has also actively campaigned against reforming
labour laws, which have stunted growth and investment. Here are the
excerpts of the interview:
What is the potential of the semi -conductor industry in India?
It generates a great interest because it has the potential to provide
more jobs and increase India’s power a global research hub.
Traditional software services have peaked. The rate of growth is not
going to be same because of competition from Eastern Europe, South
America and the Philippines are developing very important BPO services
and software testing businesses. Sri Lanka is becoming a very
important BPO destination as well. In that context, chip level design
is going to be great opportunities for India. We need to now think of
manufacturing to support the semiconductor industry. There is no way
out for us because we need to create jobs. Manufacturing requires
three things. One is land, second is power and the third is labour.
Govt approves 40
electronics manufacturing proposals
Source: Business Standard; June 2, 2015
The number of proposals received and approved for manufacturing of
electronics has seen a big jump over the past year.
According to data from the department of electronics and information
technology, the January-March period has seen a 900 per cent jump over
the same period last year in the value of investment approvals under
the Modified Special Incentive Proposal Scheme (M-SIPS).
In January-March 2014, proposals worth Rs 289 crore were cleared. In
the same period of 2015, these were worth Rs 3,059 crore.
Officials are attributing this to the ‘Make in India’ campaign, a
flagships project of the Narendra Modi government, beside the outcome
of past efforts to boost electronic manufacturing in the country.
'We need smart
villages, not just cities'
Source: The Times of India;
June 2, 2015
Political parties need to join hands to find a solution. There needs
to be brainstorming over reasons behind decline in public investment
in agriculture, social security coverage schemes need to be devised
for farmers and landless laborers. There need to be proper insurance
schemes for the farmers to help them sail through calamities and
inopportune circumstances. There have been numerous 'padyatras' and
demands for giving compensation/loan waivers to the affected farmers
but that, to my mind, is only a temporary measure. Even the subsidies
being doled out presently are only friendly towards the rich farmers.
What is the need of the hour is to make an effort to help the marginal
farmer. Haryana agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar reportedly
suggested that those who commit suicide are cowards and criminals, and
deserve no state help. As the politics wages on, farmer Gajendra
Singh's suicide and that of thousands of others are reflective of the
plight of farmers pushed to end their lives, while the state turns its
back on them.
L&T sees $4 billion
orders in a sign of investment revival
Source: Mint; June 2, 2015
After three years of slowing sales growth, India’s largest project
execution company is seeing early signs of a recovery on the back of a
pickup in investment by state-owned enterprises.
R. Shankar Raman, the chief financial officer at Larsen and Toubro
Ltd, says he is spending twice as much time on “pre-bid risk reviews”
than a year ago, an indication the company is more positive on
outlook. Defence procurement and spending by refiners alone may help
Larsen win contracts worth at least $4 billion in the next few years,
he said. “There’s more optimism now than a year back,” Raman said in
an interview. “If the volume of bid bonds keeps increasing, we see it
as a healthy sign of growing project pipeline. It will reflect in the
revenues two years later.” Larsen is among Indian companies betting on
higher public spending by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to kick start
the $1.8 trillion economy as debt laden non-state companies hold back
investment while banks struggle to pare bad loans. Larsen’s profit
fell in the last two years and its shares have trailed the benchmark
index in the past 12 months. Data last week showed private investment
fell to 23.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the year ended March
2014, from 28.4% two years earlier, while government spending slowed
to 32.3% of GDP versus 38.2%. If the weaker numbers persist, Larsen’s
prospects may get bleaker.
Technology transfer by
Israeli cos can be a huge plus for India: Bharat Malkani
Source: Business Standard;
June 3, 2015
Israeli defence exports to India top $1 billion annually. Prime
Minister Narendra Modi's maiden visit to Israel is expected to give
further push to defence ties. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Bharat
Malkani, co-chairman of the FICCI committee on aerospace and defence
explains the road ahead. Edited excerpts:
What are your expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Israel
visit? How can the partnership with Israel be extended?
There are no direct numbers available with me, but the trade in
defence co-operation between the two countries should be in the
billion dollar range. India has a number of programs ongoing with
Israel especially in aerospace and land systems.
exports touch 66Kcr
Source: Times of India;
June 3, 2015
On its first birthday, Telangana has some good news to cheer about.
The state's IT/ITeS exports shot up 15.7% in 2014-15 to Rs 66,276
crore from Rs 57,258 crore in the year ago period, revealed the annual
report of the IT&C department that was unveiled by IT and panchayat
raj minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday.
The state aims to double its IT/ITeS exports in the next five years to
around Rs 1.20 lakh crore, said KTR while pointing out that
Telangana's IT/ITeS exports growth outstripped the national IT/ITeS
exports growth rate of 13%. Interestingly, the IT-BPM sector
contributed 21% to the total GDP of Telangana as compared to 8.1% of
On the job front, the IT/ITeS industry added 50,000 direct jobs in
2014-15, taking the total number of jobs to 3,71,774 from 3,23,396 in
Cos show renewed
interest in telecom, IT sectors: Prasad
Source: Times of India;
June 3, 2015
Telecom & IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said that
increased transparency and stable policy regime have led to the return
of investments in the sector at a time when the government is working
on crucial issues such as net neutrality and the next phase of
Speaking at a conference to mark the completion of one year of the NDA
government, Prasad said that the telecom sector as well as the IT
industry is witnessing a "renewed interest" from companies as the
government works on incentives for encouraging manufacturing of
electronics in the country as part of the 'Make in India' initiative.
The minister also said that the government is taking steps to revive
the ailing state-owned telecom PSUs — MTNL and BSNL. "We have been
working on a plan and there has been some progress in their
performance. We plan to take further steps to improve their working."
Smart City project
will lend momentum to Internet of Things in India: Intel
Source: Hindu Business
Line; June 3, 2015
Internet of Things (or IoT) will get a push in India through the "100
smart cities" initiative taken-up by the Union government.
According to Doug Davis. Senior Vice President and General Manager of
IoT, Intel, the big opportunity for it (IoT) is "the initiative to go
out and deploy smart city solutions".
The Union Cabinet gave the go ahead to the "smart city" project
earlier this year; and 100 existing cities have been identified with
an allocation of nearly Rs. 6,000 crore in this regard.
Many countries like the US, Spain, Singapore, etc have envisaged their
interest in partnering with India in developing these smart cities.
"If you ask me, then bringing in capacity and solution deployment (for
smart cities) is the biggest (scope) in the horizon," he told
BusinessLine in response to a question on the opportunities for IoT in
manufacturing hub to come up in Hyderabad
Source: Business Standard;
June 3, 2015
A group of mobile phone manufacturers have come forward to set up a
manufacturing hub in the city. A delegation of senior executives from
mobile phone manufacturing companies headed by Indian Cellular
Association president Pankaj Mohindroo met Telangana chief minister K
Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday after visiting a proposed site on the
outskirts of the city. According to the chief minister's office, Rao
has sought a detailed project report with a list of requirements apart
from land so that the government can provide infrastructure and other
support. The project is expected to generate 1,50,000 -2,00,000 jobs.
Karbonn Mobiles Chairman Sudhir Hasija, Foxconn India managing
director Josh Foulger and Celkon managing director Y Guru, among
others, were present in the meeting. “The state government and the
companies have entered into a broad understanding to set up the
country's first mobile phone manufacturing hub in Hyderabad," the
chief minister's office said in a statement. The IT sector exports
grew 15.7 per cent at Rs 66,276 crore from Hyderabad in 2014-15
against Rs 57,258 crore in the previous year. About 48,000 new jobs
were created during the period, according to the report.
Call for entries:
Electropreneur Park incubation centre for electronics startups goes
Source: Firstpost; June 4,
Electropreneur Park (EP) -- the first of its kind incubation centre
for electronics startups which is supported by DeitY and STPI and
implemented by IESA at University of Delhi -- makes a clarion call to
encourage innovation in the domestic ESDM (Electronic System Design &
Under this entrepreneurship programme, EP will select the best 10
early stage entrepreneurs in ESDM across the country, based on the
merit of the project submission and will support them in research and
development to accelerate electronics innovation in the country.
The EP initiative will support 50 startups in ESDM space and is
expecting to create 5 global companies over a period of 5 years.
The park will focus on IP creation and Product Development to result
in increased domestic value addition and will witness a unique
integration of academia, industry, government and other incubation
India needs to produce
more sensors for land, air navigation'
Source: Zee News; June 4,
India needs to produce more sensors for land and air navigation, which
can enable the country to fulfill its defence requirement and export
surplus, a senior DRDO scientist said on Thursday.
"If you look at the land and aircraft navigation, the quantity, as in
the requirement of sensors is enormous. The land navigation
requirement could go into thousands and the same is with aircraft
navigation. But ship requirement one could definitely be able to
meet," said G Satheesh Reddy, senior DRDO scientist and scientific
advisor designate to the Defence Minister.
"We should not only be able to meet the domestic requirement, but also
be able to export. BEL (Bharat Electrical Ltd), Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited (HAL) are working on it," he said.
Reddy was speaking here at a seminar on 'Building Comprehensive
Capabilities in R&D and Manufacturing Strategic Electronics' organised
by Vivekanada International
Why smartphone makers are in a rush to 'Make in India'
Source: Financial Express; June 4, 2015
Spurred by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to ‘Make in India’,
most Indian mobile phone ‘manufacturers’, who make the bulk of their
phones in China, as well as their multinational rivals, have been
talking about moving their assembly lines to India.
Micromax subsidiary Yu Televentures has announced that the next batch
of its phones will be made in India, while Lava’s Xolo has announced a
new sub-brand called Black, to be made at their facilities here. Even
bigger players like Samsung have joined in — the Korean major has
announced that its flagship Galaxy S6 phones would soon be assembled
in India. The Chinese companies have not been left behind — Oppo has
announced it is setting up a manufacturing facility in India. And
newer players like Coolpad and Phicomm are talking about Make in
Country will witness solar power trains soon: Harsh Vardhan
Source: IBNLive; June 4, 2015
Union Minsiter Harsh Vardhan said that the Centre was working on solar
train project in association with Integral Coach Factory (ICF) and IIT
Madras and it would roll out soon.
Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, said
solar powered carriages will be developed to curb dependence on fossil
fuels and power grid. The minister was addressing the inaugural
function of automatic solar energy module production plant at Central
Electronics Limited (CEL) in Sahibabad on Wednesday.
He said the product will give a boost to Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's 'Make in India' drive. The minister further said, solar energy
will mitigate global warming by reducing the emission of greenhouse
gases. It will also diminsh dependency on fossil fuels.
The solar unit will also help the citizens to overcome the electricity
crisis. MP V K Singh (retired general), Minister of State for Science
and Technology and Earth Sciences Y S Chowdhary and Sahibabad MLA and
BSP member Amarpal Sharma were also present at the event.
IESA-STPI to promote electronics start ups
Source: Livemint.com; June 4, 2015
STPI( Software Technology Parks of India) has partnered India
Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) to set up an
‘Electropreneur Park’, aimed at supporting 50 start-ups working on
electronics product designing and development over the next five
The initiative, which has a corpus of Rs.22 crore, will focus on IP
creation and product development to increase value addition in
domestic manufacturing of electronic items like smartphones, smart
meters, micro ATMs and set top boxes.
“Under the programme, we will select the best 10 early stage
entrepreneurs in ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing)
across the country, based on the merit of the project submission and
will support them in R&D to accelerate electronics innovation,” STPI
Director General Omkar Rai told PTI. The initiative is a subset of the
government’s ‘Make in India’ mission, aligned with entrepreneurial and
innovation focus, he added.
LDRA, IESA and SIATI commit Certification Ecosystem Development
Program in India
Source: ELE Times; June 4, 2015
LDRA adheres with industry bodies, India Electronics & Semiconductor
Association (IESA) and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies &
Industries (SIATI) to jointly announce the Certification Ecosystem
Development Program (CEDP) in India as a precursor to the upcoming
event – Embedded Safety and Security Summit (ESSS 2015), on 17 June at
the NIMHANS Convention Center, Bangalore.
Comprising several components, the CEDP will incorporate the LDRA
Academic Alliance Program (LAAP) in which LDRA will work with leading
Indian universities to build a curriculum aimed at educating
engineering students and building a competitive and experienced
workforce. In addition, LDRA’s Competency Centre (LCC) will serve as a
world-class training center for safety and security practices.
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