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Smart Cities need citizen centric governance: Experts
Source: The Times of India; January 9, 2016

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Smart-Cities-need-citizen-centric-governance-Experts/articleshow/50486703.cms

The governance in the smart cities will have to be citizen centric and should not have the top down approach, felt experts. The approach for governance in the smart cities is going to be the most important factor they felt. "The approach for smart cities will have to be citizen centric and it is a tough part as a lot of factors will have to be kept in mind," said Talleen Kumar, information technology secretary of the state. According to him, a huge amount of data will be generated from the smart cities and these large datasets will have to be analyzed while forming policies and taking decisions about smart cities. "So the approach of governance will be different in these cities," he said. Kumar, who has joined the state IT department a month back was the managing director and COO of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation. He was also instrumental in doing the ground job for Dholera in Gujarat-one of the first smart cities to come up.

The experts at a panel discussion on smarter infrastructure felt that smart cities in India mean more sustainable urban centers. In the smart cities the different approach of governance will have to be given a go ahead by the state. "The job of setting up integrated infrastructure is easier in greenfield smart cities. For the brownfield ones it is more challenging," said Vinay Shenoy, MD of Infineon India and chairman of IESA.

India figures as a very important market: Kazuo Hirai, Global CEO, Sony
Source: The Economic Times; January 11, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/interviews/india-figures-as-a-very-important-market-kazuo-hirai-global-ceo-sony/articleshow/
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Local manufacturing should not be seen as an indicator of commitment to the Indian market, says Sony's global CEO and president Kazuo Hirai. In an exclusive interview with ET's Sagar Malviya at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hirai says that India always figures as an important market where the Japanese company wants to drive further growth. India is among Sony's top five markets. Whether we do it on our own or have partners to manufacture in India, we will look at it on a case-by-case basis. But it does not equal our commitment that we have in a particular market. For example, if that were true then we would not be doing any business in Japan at this point because we don't have manufacturing in Japan. Most of the manufacturing is done in China, Malaysia and outside of Japan. So manufacturing locally is not an indication of our commitment to that space. Our commitment is bringing value to consumers and if it means manufacturing locally, we will do that.

If you look at the Korean manufacturers, their home market is not that large, so they need to make sure they have a large and vibrant export market. China is a little bit different and my perception is they have to cover the local market first.

Designing, creating and innovating in India
Source: The Financial Express; January 11, 2016

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/jobs/designing-creating-and-innovating-in-india/191699/

Creativity is a talent nurtured right from childhood. Various types of arts, crafts and hobbies expose a child to a variety of skills that develop creativity. Design, per se, need not always involve either creativity or innovation. It is only when creativity is embedded into the art of design that innovation happens. Innovation can also result from a strong desire to find new or improved solutions to existing problems. However, this talent is reinforced by a creative aptitude. A combination of all these characteristics is what actually results in innovative designs, products and services—some of which can be revolutionary. It is, therefore, obvious that innovative engineers cannot be created overnight. The process has to be part of an integrated system which includes parents, teachers, schools, colleges and industries—all of which encourage inquisitive curiosity with practical exposure, leading to development of interest, aptitude, skills and aspirations to excel as a practising engineer.

The reason that barely 7% of the approximately 1.5 million engineers graduating every year in India are employable in core engineering sectors is the absolute lack of aspiration. They get into an engineering college—or a medical college, for that matter—only because of peer and parental pressure, and not out of desire or deep interest.

Make in India week in Feb: To attract investments beyond Mumbai, Pune, a policy in the works
Source: The Indian Express; January 11, 2016

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/make-in-india-week-in-feb-to-attract-investments-beyond-mumbai-pune-a-policy-in-the-works/

The Maharashtra government is working on a model to tap foreign investments beyond Mumbai and Pune to ensure overall development of Maharashtra. A list of potential two-tier and three-tier cities and towns that can be developed into suitable investment hubs in focused sectors is high on the agenda as the state readies to host the Make in India Week event next month in Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event on February 13. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he planned to capitalise on the Make in India Week to consolidate FDI gains for Maharashtra in the year 2016. Accordingly, the government has set goals to draw a list of cities and towns that can be accorded greater priority for development. A 20-year region-wise roadmap centred on these cities and towns is also being chalked out by a core committee. The cities and towns include Aurangabad, Nashik, Nagpur, Jalgoan, Amravati, Solapur, Thane and Navi Mumbai. The government is looking at investment towards manufacturing, automobile, aerospace, defence, information & technology, textile and food processing sectors among others. A list of policy decisions, along with private partners, is being drawn to ensure the Make in India Week culminates into projects that can be taken to the backward districts of Maharashtra. Fadnavis, after taking over as the CM in October 2014, has through his foreign trips roped in investments worth Rs 66,000 crore till now. He has so far visited Germany, Israel, China, US, Switzerland and Japan.

Telecom Sector to Generate 7 lakh New Jobs in Five Years
Source: The Times of India; January 11, 2016

http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31817&articlexml=
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The telecom industry is expected to unlock 7-lakh new job opportunities in the next five years, a top telecom skill development group said in its assessment that it has submitted to national planning committee NITI Aayog. It was an in-house study backed by telecom leaders, Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) Chief Executive Lt Gen (retired) SP Kochhar told ET. The council submitted the findings to the NITI Aayog to create sector-friendly policies, he said. TSSC -a joint initiative of the government and the private sector -is supported by the National Skill Development Council (NSDC), Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) and lobby groups such as the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Association of Unified Service Providers Association of India (AUSPI) and Telecom and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA). Of the total workforce in the sector, the retail and handset segments will employ 35%, service providers 29%, network and IT vendors 18%, telecom gear manufacturing 15% and infrastructure providers 3%, according to its estimate. The organisation, according to Kochhar, is well-positioned to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious vision of Digital India, encompassing various initiatives such as Make in India, Skill India and e-literacy.

Government approves electronics cluster in Raipur
Source: ET Retail; January 11, 2016

http://retail.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/government-approves-electronics-cluster-in-raipur/50525784

Government has approved the fifth greenfield electronics manufacturing cluster, to be set up in Raipur at an investment of Rs 89 crore, for making mobile phones, solar LEDs and consumer electronics products. "The new EMC to be set up by Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation has been approved," Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT, Ajay Kumar said. The EMC, to be spread over 69.98 acre area in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), would house an eco-system to support production of electronic products. The project would cost Rs 89.22 crore and the central government will provide Rs 43.07 crore. The government plans to set up 200 EMC across the country under National Policy on Electronics 2012. The Department of Electronics and IT (Deity) has already given in-principle approvals to 17 greenfield EMCs. It has already approved four EMCs which include two in Madhya Pradesh, one each in Rajasthan and Jharkhand. Under the EMC scheme, the Centre provides an aid capped at 50 per cent of the project cost subject to a ceiling of Rs 50 crore for every 100 acres of land. For larger areas, pro-rata ceiling applies.

Defence panel favours five areas for 'Make in India'; 49% FDI cap for private 'strategic partners'
Source: The Economic Times; January 11, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50524873.cms?utm_source
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A key defence ministry-appointed panel to identify private sector players that will be accorded special 'strategic partner' status for major military manufacturing projects has identified five priority areas for Make in India in the defence sector and has recommended a strict three -step selection process. While consultation on the selection of strategic partners - private companies selected for military projects worth over Rs 10,000 crores - is still in the final stages and will be discussed during a high-powered meet this week, ET has learnt that comprehensive financial, technical evaluation process has been recommended as well as a composite entry gate. The panel, led by former DRDO Chief VK Atre, has identified ten segments of projects - for each of which one private sector company shall be chosen - but has said that in the first stage, only five should be prioritised. This includes aircraft, helicopters, submarines, armoured fighting vehicles and ammunition. The recommendations will restrict a single company to a particular segment. For example, a company like L&T would be able to qualify only for one sector like submarines armoured fighting vehicles and ammunition.

Make in India push: Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence to invest Rs 5,000 cr for naval unit in Vizag
Source: Firstpost; January 11, 2016

http://www.firstpost.com/business/make-in-india-push-anil-ambanis-reliance-defence-to-invest-rs-5000-cr-to-set-up-shipbuilding-unit-in-andhra-2578100.html

Expanding his defence sector play, Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani on Sunday announced setting up of a new naval shipbuilding facility with an initial investment of Rs 5,000 crore. The facility, to be set up at Rambilli along the East Coast near Vizag, would also lead to creation of a multi-tier array of defence ancillaries with further investments of Rs 5,000-10,000 crore and thousands of skilled jobs, he said. Speaking here at the Andhra Partnership Summit after his group signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government for the facility, Ambani said it would complement the Reliance Group's existing facility at Pipavav in Gujarat and will have a clear focus on building strategic assets for the Indian Navy. "It is estimated that Indian Navy will spend over Rs 3 lakh crore or nearly Rs 20,000 crore a year on acquisitions and fleet modernisation of submarines and aircraft carriers over next 15 years, creating a huge pipeline of opportunity for the proposed world-class naval facility," he added. "At an initial investment outlay of Rs 5,000 crore, it will represent the single-largest investment at one location anywhere in Andhra Pradesh," Ambani said. The diversified group's chairman further said the group has had a strong business engagement with Andhra Pradesh and it has already invested Rs 15,000 crore and created thousands of jobs in the state across a range of sectors from telecom to power.

IESA Vision Summit 2016 to provide A Platform to Identify the Next Era Of ‘Make in India’ Opportunity In The Indian ESDM Ecosystem
Source: IT Voice; January 11, 2016

http://www.itvoice.in/index.php/it-voice-news/iesa-vision-summit-2016-to-provide-a-platform-to-identify-the-next-era-of-make-in-india-opportunity-in-the-indian-esdm-ecosystem

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier body for the ESDM industry in the country, IESA will initiate dialogues with global leaders in the electronics space, relevant policy makers and government representatives on Transforming ESDM ecosystem into a $400 bn ‘Make in India’ opportunity in IESA Vision Summit 2016, its 11th edition of annual flagship event. As the country strives to strengthen its domestic manufacturing footprint, Vision Summit 2016 under the theme ‘Indian Semiconductor and ESDM Ecosystem: Scaling Up For $400B Make in India Opportunity’ will focus on the immediate opportunities in the domestic manufacturing ESDM sector. The two day event will feature a formidable line-up of industry experts, government officials, strategists, policy makers and business leaders, offering their views and visions. Gearing up for Vision Summit 2016, M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA said, “It is really commendable to witness how India has strengthened its position as the manufacturing destination. India’s aggressive initiatives towards “Make in India” program has helped the nation to create the desired branding, and now it is for the industry to rise to the occasion. We are glad to focus on Vision Summit 2016 as a platform to define the next level of opportunities rather than reinventing the same wheel.” “Investment in the electronics manufacturing sector has jumped over six-fold to reach Rs 1.14 lakh crore in 2015. This definitely brings a positive momentum in the industry and reinstates the fact that ‘Make in India’ has started bringing investment to the nation along with creation of employment opportunities.

India should seriously look at growth of electronics: Karnataka minister
Source: Daily News & Analysis; January 11, 2016

http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-india-should-seriously-look-at-growth-of-electronics-karnataka-minister-2164670

"Today, oil prices have collapsed and gold prices have almost collapsed and hence there is no strain on foreign exchange. But there is so much of imports happening in the field of electronics."

The country should seriously look at the growth of domestic electronics industry as burgeoning imports are putting strain on foreign exchange, a Karnataka government minister said on Monday.

"Today, oil prices have collapsed and gold prices have almost collapsed and hence there is no strain on foreign exchange. But there is so much of imports happening in the field of electronics," Karnataka Industries Minister R V Deshpande said.

"This should not happen, instead exports should happen with the kind of resources we boast of," he said addressing the gathering at 'India Electronics Week 2016' here.

He said though Karnataka is recognised as the hub of innovation and technology development, the electronics industry in the state has not caught on speed as IT and BT did, despite having more than eight per cent contribution towards growth.

Ravi Shankar Prasad says e-services started to gain momentum
Source: The Economic Times; January 11, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50531669.cms?utm_source
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Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said e-services has started gaining momentum and reaching the bottom of the pyramid, thanks to Narendra Modi government's ambitious Digital India project. He was speaking on Monday at the 'i-Bharat' conference, organised by Ficci with the Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY) and the communications ministry. According to Prasad, "over 12,000 rural post office branches had been linked digitally and soon payments banking would also become a reality for post offices," barely within six months of implementing Digital India. As part of the Digital India project, the government, he said planned to make a 'Digital Village' across the country, by linking all schemes with technology. "The digital village would be powered by LED lighting, solar energy, skill development centres, e-services like like e-education and e-health," he said. On eTaal, the telecom minister said the web portal disseminates "real time statistics of the e-transactions taking place at the national and state level e-Governance projects. He added that the National e-Governance Plan of the government had sought to lend impetus for long-term growth of e-governance.

Foxconn plans to double smartphone capacity at Andhra Pradesh facility, build campus
Source: The Economic Times; January 12, 2016

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50530836.cms?utm_source
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Taiwan's Foxconn will more than double smartphone manufacturing capacity at its Andhra Pradesh factory site this year and aims to establish a campus in the state as the world's largest contract manufacturer ramps up Make in India plans, two people aware of the matter said. "The intent is to take total production capacity to 2.5 million smartphones a month by the year-end and add 1,000 people to its existing workforce," one of them said. Foxconn makes about 1 million smartphones a month at the facility, which has 25 assembly lines and employs about 6,000 people. "The number of clients could also double," the second person said, citing anonymity. The expansion may incur a "few million dollars" of investment. Three new buildings of a total 500,000 square feet will be ready in the next five to six months and have 10 smartphone assembly lines. Foxconn declined to comment on the plans, but said it is "encouraged by the productive dialogue that we have had with key stakeholders, including relevant government officials and industry partners, in India." The company added that "significant" plans for India are being finalized and will be rolled out in phases over the next five years.

'Make in India' attracts mobile companies and aviation giants
Source: Business Today; January 12, 2016

http://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/make-in-india-attracts-mobile-companies-and-aviation-giants/story/228027.html

The 'Make in India' campaign is attracting foreign investors, including mobile phone firms and aviation giants. Indian and Chinese mobile phone industry players, including Micromax and Foxconn, will participate in the 'Make in India' campaign and look for partnerships to set up mobile handset and component manufacturing facilities in the country. As many as 107 mobile phone industry players of India and China, including Micromax and Foxconn, will participate in the 'Make in India' campaign. Deliberations will take place at the first China-India Mobile Phone and Component Manufacturing Summit on January 13, Deki Electronics Limited managing director Vinod Sharma, also a representative of Electronic Industries Association of India, told reporters in Bengaluru on Monday. Major Chinese players like Techno, Gionee, Coolpad, Vivo, ZTE, Meizu and Huawei are expected to be part of the entourage, Sharma said. Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin said that it is encouraged about the recent liberalisation of India's foreign direct investment (FDI) policy in the sector and looking at increasing investment in the country. At the CII Partnership Summit in Visakhapatnam, Phil Shaw, chief executive officer, Lockheed Martin India, said that the 'Make in India' initiative will help in boosting manufacturing in the country. Airbus Group has appointed Ashish Saraf as vice-president for industry development, strategic partnerships and offsets and he will drive the Group's existing 'Make in India' initiatives.

IESA Vision Summit 2016 sets platform to scale-up ‘Make in India’ opportunities
Source: VoicenData; January 12, 2016

http://www.voicendata.com/iesa-vision-summit-2016-sets-platform-to-scale-up-make-in-india-opportunities/

At the IESA Vision Summit 2016, the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) will initiate dialogues with global leaders in the electronics space, relevant policy makers and government representatives on transforming ESDM ecosystem into a $400 bn ‘Make in India’ opportunity. This would be IESA’s 11th edition of its annual flagship event. IESA Vision Summit has been scheduled on February 3-4, 2016 at Hotel Leela Palace, Bengaluru. As the country strives to strengthen its domestic manufacturing footprint, Vision Summit 2016 under the theme ‘Indian Semiconductor and ESDM Ecosystem: Scaling Up For $400B Make in India Opportunity’ will focus on the immediate opportunities in the domestic manufacturing ESDM sector. The two-day event will feature a formidable line-up of industry experts, government officials, strategists, policy makers and business leaders, offering their views and visions. Gearing up for Vision Summit 2016, M N Vidyashankar, President, IESA said, “It is really commendable to witness how India has strengthened its position as the manufacturing destination. India’s aggressive initiatives towards ‘Make in India’ program has helped the nation to create the desired branding, and now it is for the industry to rise to the occasion. We are glad to focus on Vision Summit 2016 as a platform to define the next level of opportunities rather than reinventing the same wheel.”

'India stamp' on defence policy as procurement rules change
Source: DNA India; January 13, 2016

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-stamp-on-defence-policy-as-procurement-rules-change-2165176

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that it will take another about two months to notify India's new defence procurement procedure (DPP) even as he announced major changes finalised in the document, over a year after Modi government promised to do so. A policy on blacklisting, however, has not been finalised yet and will be a separate document, Parrikar said. The new DPP, once in place shall set the ball rolling for major acquisitions that haven't seen the light of the day in the want of clarity on policy. The changes include funding the Indian private companies for research and development (R&D) and giving preference to domestic manufacturing, in line with the Make in India pitch. A new category of acquisition 'Buy Indian' or 'Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured' (IDDM) has been introduced. Under this, equipment which are indigenously designed and have 40% indigenous content or any other equipment with 60% indigenous content will be the most preferred acquistion category. G Raj Narayan, MD of the Bengaluru-based design and manufacturing organisation that works into aerospace and electronics said that "IDDM is the right step forward and will ensure active involvement of Indian companies. This along with the funding for R&D as proposed will spur indigenous development."

Coming up: Internet connectivity in all UP gram panchayats
Source: Hindustan Times; January 13, 2016

http://www.hindustantimes.com/lucknow/coming-up-internet-connectivity-in-all-up-gram-panchayats/story-lrva6p30kMPjmdoL6CnwiN.html

Within the next 18 months, the Uttar Pradesh government will provide internet connectivity via broadband in all gram panchayats of the state.

Information technology is on the priority list of the Samajwadi Party government that is also making efforts to make 90 citizen centric services available online.

“The state government is all set to provide internet connection in all gram panchayats through broadband in the next one-and a-half-year,” informed RK Tewari, principal secretary, electronics and IT, Uttar Pradesh government.

As part of its policy to bring investment to the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has also assured to make available land on a priority basis to NRIs belonging to the state for setting up IT industry here.

Apart from an IT city in Lucknow, five IT parks are also coming up in as many districts in Uttar Pradesh, including Gorakhpur.

Connecting rural parts of the state through the internet is part of the government’s information technology policy, added Tewari.

Compiled by IESA Research

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