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J&K a destination for $5 bn semiconductor Fab Mega Project: CII
Source: Business Standard; March 5, 2016

Jammu and Kashmir is emerging as a possible destination for a 5 billion USD semiconductor Fab Mega Project which has the potential to create over 50,000 jobs for skilled manpower in the state.
This was conveyed by a delegation of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to Governor N N Vohra when it met him here today.

The delegation presented a detailed project report (DPR) to the Governor and explained the broad contours of the project, especially those related to the availability of land, roads and water supply, laying of optical fibre, power tariff on existing rates, besides arranging private equity of Rs 7,000 crore to meet the requirement for implementing the project, which envisages making India a leading global provider of semi-conductors.

The delegation also highlighted the immense potential of Jammu and Kashmir in becoming a hub of electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) ecosystem if right impetus is provided to the IT sector, which will then open up employment opportunities for our skilled human resource.

For this, the delegation suggested link up of ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) and better synergy between IT, Technical and Higher Education Departments.

Cricket Semiconductor Company’s CEO meets CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Source: The Hitavada; March 5, 2016

CRICKET Semiconductor Company’s CEO Lou Hutter met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday. The company is setting up a semiconductor fabrication unit costing Rs 6000 crore in the State. Chief Minister said that the State Government will extend every possible cooperation to the project. Hutter informed that the Chief Minister works are being undertaken by the company. He informed that company is holding discussions with foreign investors for company’s electronics system and manufacturing. He said that he is also exploring possibilities of Indian investors’ cooperation.State will become a major centre of electronics system and manufacturing in the country following establishment of semiconductor fabrication unit. Manufacture of high quality microchips will begin in the State. Microchips used in electronic gadgets will not have to be imported. This will save large amount of foreign exchange and will also provide employment to large number of people. Principal Secretaries to CM Iqbal Singh Bains and SK Mishra were also present on the occasion.

STPI centre coming up in Panchkula
Source: Times of India; March 5, 2016

Software Technology Park of India (STPI) is setting up its centre in Panchkula which will provide job opportunities and will help in growth of information technology companies to work better with the help of STPI in the district. This is Haryana's first such park to come up within this financial year. On February 27, minister of communication and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, announced to start STPI in Panchkula during his visit for the inauguration of various e-services in Haryana district in Indradhanush auditorium, Sector 5.

According to officials of communications and information technology, STPI will act as single window in providing services to software exporters. It will have a wide effect on the growth of software exports as its presence will generate environment for growth of Information and Technology sector. The park is expected to generate employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for people living in the district.

Officials also informed that most important contribution of STPI to the software-export sector would be of providing High-Speed Data Communication (HSDC) services and STPI has its own designed and developed state-of-the-art HSDC network named SoftNET.

Creating innovation-led industries
Source: Business Standard; March 7, 2016

Bureaucrats, politicians, academics, trade associations and the media are looking at start-ups today with the same fervour and hope with which they looked at the public sector in the 1960s, foreign direct investment in the 1990s, and liberalisation in the last decade: to provide the magic formula that will create jobs for young people and taxes for the government - and also speed up the GDP growth rate. Together with this, a realisation is growing: that a key to a vibrant start-up culture is "innovation", the processes by which firms master and put into practice product designs and manufacturing processes that are new to them - whether or not they are new to the universe, or even to the nation. The question on everyone's mind is this: What will create a plentiful supply in India of innovative, world-conquering start-ups? Are there any clues from history about what works? Ironically, though the notion that start-ups are going to be the force of change and the fountainhead of economic growth and job creation is widely seen as the ultimate capitalist idea of our time, the man who first proposed the idea was the Austrian-born Marx-influenced theoretician Joseph Schumpeter. In his 1942 book, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, he coined the phrase "creative destruction" to describe how entry by entrepreneurs supplied the disruptive force that sustained economic growth - even as it destroyed the value of established companies and jobs that had enjoyed market power derived from previous technological, organisational, regulatory, and economic paradigms.

Germany to develop Kochi, Coimbatore, Bhubaneswar as smart cities
Source: The Economic Times; March 7, 2016

Germany will partner with India to develop Kochi, Bhubaneswar and Coimbatore as smart cities. "Germany would contribute to India's smart city programme and will help develop the cities of Kochi(Kerala), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Coimbatore(Tamil Nadu) as smart cities," State Secretary in Germany's Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Gunther Adler, told reporters here. The three cities are among the 20 cities which are to be developed as smart cities, announced by Urban Development Ministry in January this year. Germany had earlier set up a six-member joint committee with India to identify the cities which it could develop as smart cities. The committee had two representatives of Urban Development Ministry, one from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and three from Germany. German Ambassador to India Martin Ney, addressing the press conference, said Germany is an ideal partner in India's mission to create smarter cities as the country is "very strong at smart planning for urban centres". "We have developed the technologies to make life in cities easier. We have developed the processes to bring on board the stakeholders to make cities thrive and German companies have developed smart solutions to make smart cities," he said.

Defence organisations looking for more SMEs suppliers
Source: The Hindu; March 7, 2016

Defence organisations towards meeting their growing procurement needs in areas such as precision engineering are looking for more SME (small and medium enterprises) suppliers. Electronics manufacturing and sub systems, RF seeker technologies besides precision engineering are areas where the requirements are immense, according to K.Jayaraman, Director, Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL). He was addressing a two day ‘Make in India: DRDL (DRDO) – CII industry meet on opportunities and challenges for SMEs in the defence sector’ that opened in Hyderabad on Monday. Listing some of DRDO’s ongoing missile projects, he expressed the need to involve private sector, especially SMEs, to develop various components, including critical engineering components and composite technologies. Towards this, Mr. Jayaraman emphasised on the need for closer interaction as well as constant engagement between the defence organisations and SME sector. Chairperson of CII Telangana Vanitha Datla said it was imperative for Indian firms, especially SMEs, to integrate themselves into the supply chains of national defence majors to help reduce dependence on foreign supplies and gain a foothold in the market. Convenor of CII Telangana’s MSME Panel Mahesh Desai urged defence organisations like DRDO to mentor and enhance the potential of SMEs, a press release on the meet said.

Flexible lighting foils for next-gen electronics developed
Source: Times of India; March 7, 2016

Scientists have developed rolls of flexible lighting foils that can be produced much like newspapers are printed, paving the way towards cheaper solar cells, LED panels and next generation of flexible electronics.

The Tresores project (Transparent Electrodes for Large Area Large Scale Production of Organic Optoelectronic Devices), led by Frank Nuesch of Swiss research institute Empa, aims to dramatically reduce the production costs of organic electronic devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels.The project developed and scaled up production processes for several new transparent electrode and barrier materials for use in the next generation of flexible optoelectronics.

Three of these electrodes-on-flexible substrates that use either carbon nanotubes, metal fibres or thin silver are already being produced commercially.

The new electrodes have been tested with several types of optoelectronic devices using rolls of over 100 metres in length, and found to be especially suitable for next-generation light sources and solar cells.

The roll of OLED light sources was made using roll-to-roll techniques on a thin silver electrode.

India Inc affirms support to women empowerment
Source: Economic Times; March 7, 2016

Ahead of the International Women's Day, India Inc today affirmed support to the cause of their empowerment, announcing a slew of initiatives including an all women bank branch, work from home schemes and commitments to improve the share of the gender among employees.

Private lender ICICI Bank said women employees will be able to work from home for a long period of time up to a year, and also announced to pay for a child and caregiver's travel if a woman with child under three years has to travel out of the city for work.

Yes Bank said it is set to unveil a branch to be operated exclusively by women in the north western suburb of Vile Parle.

Consumer electronics major Canon announced that it will be targeting to increase the number of women in its workforce to constitute a fifth of the workforce by 2018, up from the present 12 per cent.

Country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) said it will conduct 100 free health check-up camps for women which will focus on curative, corrective and preventive healthcare for the under privileged women.

This will include eye check-ups, cancer detection, reproductive healthcare check-up and diabetes check up.

Canon India to expand woman workforce from 12% to 20%
Source: Economic Times; March 7, 2016

Canon India wants to scale up hiring of women talent with plans to take the base from 12% of total employees to 20% over the next two years, a company release said.
The Japanese digital imaging company is proactively indulging in policies and activities that ensure a safe, secure and inspirational workspace for women. There are several policies such as a platform to directly interact with the CEO, women empowerment where women from various Canon offices go to the adopted villages and educate the village females about personal hygiene, significance of sanitation, self-defence and safety.

Canon India president and CEO Kazutada Kobayashi said at the heart of Canon is equal opportunity for all. "Be it at the workplace or at our adopted villages, we reinforce our vision of creating gender equality," he said.

States not able to implement their commitments, says JS Deepak
Source: ET Telecom; March 8, 2016

As call drop menace continues, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak today put the blame on large-scale shutting down of towers for "health reasons" and said states are not able to implement their commitments. He also said that the complaints of call drops were like people refusing to allow water tanks on their roof-tops and at the same time demanding 24x7 water supply. "It's true that in pharma, telecom and electronics, the central government does most of the regulation but I do not agree that the role of the states is limited," Deepak said at the launch of NCAER's State Investment Potential index report. Citing the example of telecom sector, he said that all regulations are done by the Centre but the "critical parameter for success is enforcing commitments made by states". He was replying to a question on limited role of the states in policy making. Deepak said that when it comes to laying optical fibre by seeking 'Right of Way' permission or install a telecom tower, "states are not able to implement commitments made". He said that large number of telecom towers are often shut down citing health issues leading to call drops.

FDI equity commitments under Make in India at $46 bn: Jayant Sinha
Source: The Economic Times; March 8, 2016

Foreign investors have committed $45.68 billion worth of equity capital inflows under the government's ambitious Make In India programme till December 2015, Parliament was informed today. Giving details of "FDI equity inflow received after Make In India initiatives for the period October, 2014 to December, 2015", Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said in a written reply in Lok Sabha that $29.44 billion came in during April-December period of 2015-16. Besides, commitments worth $16.24 billion came during October-March of 2014-15, he added. Sinha said these investments include only the "equity capital component". He was responding to a question about number of investors who have come forward to invest in the country under the 'Make in India' programme. Government had launched the programme on September 25, 2014. The programme was built on the promise of providing a conducive environment for domestic and overseas investors to turn 125 crore population strong-India a manufacturing hub and something that will also create job opportunities. On another question on money withdrawn by foreign investors, Sinha said the outflows were to the tune of Rs 20,177 crore as on February 26 in the current calendar year.

Govt may give final nod to DPP this week
Source: The Financial Express; March 9, 2016

A special meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by defence minister Manohar Parrikar later this week is likely to give the final approval to the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP).

According to sources in the MoD, “Ahead of the DefExpo 2016 scheduled to be held later this month, the defence minister wants to approve the amended policy and the government’s policy on blacklisting defence companies”. The government had earlier this year given its nod for two chapters of the much-awaited Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) with an aim to boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative in the sector and provide a major role for private sector involvement in arms manufacturing. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, who had chaired the meeting of the DAC then, had said, “The notification of the new DPP-2016 will be issued in two months’ time, as some parts of the revised DPP such as the ‘strategic partners’ will have to be debated upon by the Central Cabinet and approved by it.” He had also made it clear that the blacklisting policy was not a part of the DPP and will be issued separately. While there will be no clause for automatic blacklisting, action taken will be based on graded system against the defence manufacturer. Approval will also be for the agents, where companies will have to declare in advance the fees and the consultancy sought from the agent.

Startup scene to slump globally, says Nasscom
Source: Deccan Herald; March 10, 2016

Even though India will be an exception, the startup scene globally, will witness a slump, said Nasscom Product Council Chairman Ravi Gururaj. In an interaction with Deccan Herald as part of the Nasscom Startup Konnect, a two-day pitch session for startup, Gururaj said this phenomenon is cyclical. “Globally, we can see various economies are going through a downward trend. It will also have a negative effect on investment. It will have slight resonance in the Indian startup scene this year,” he said. Gururaj argued that since the Indian economy is witnessing a growth trajectory, and the Modi-led government policies have given a new synergy to growth momentum, startups are finding a conducive atmosphere for growth. “India is on the cusp of digital revolution backed by the Digital India initiative and the fast-growing penetration of smartphones in the country. This is paving the way for a new business model, which finds lots of opportunities for startups,” he said. He said as part of the Nasscom 10,000 startup programme, over 200 startups pan India have been selected for the Startup Konnect. “The programme will give an opportunity for startup to interface with all ecosystem partners including leading accelerators, angel investor networks and venture capital firms across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata and Delhi,” said Gururaj.

After IT parks, Pune set to get an Electronics Park
Source: The Indian Express; March 10, 2016

After sprawling IT parks like Hinjewadi and Magarpatta, Pune is set to get an exclusive Electronics Park, which is scheduled to come up over 100 hectares of land along the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, in the area stretching between Navi Mumbai, Khalapur, Beur and Talegaon. Sadashiv Survase, joint director (industries), said the setting up of the Electronics Park was a continuation of the Electronics Policy launched by the state government. The policy aims to increase the presence of electronics industry in the state and develop Pune as a major hub for the sector. Survase said that of the 32,000 small and medium enterprises operational in the state, around 600 are from the electronics sector, but there are no big enterprises in the district catering to the sector. Survase said that 100 hectares of land in the region has already been earmarked for acquisition in the area, of which acquisition of some parcels were already complete. Other than the electronics park, the state government also has plans to develop nodes along the Expressway.

It is hoped that an electronics park will generate employment for skilled and semi-skilled workforce. The state government aims to achieve a turnover of $12 billion from the sector by 2020 and increase the exports from the sector to $2 billion.

Government is investing Rs 500 crore per annum on electronics-related research: DeitY
Source: BGR; March 10, 2016

The government is investing Rs 500 crore per year on research related to electronics products, a top official of Department of Electronics and IT (Deity) said today. The research is carried out at incubation centers associated with IITs, Indian Institute of Science and other premier institutes. The government is also asking the private sector to invest in research by collaborating with the incubation centers. ”We are investing around Rs 500 crore into research per annum… If any of you want to invest in that particular sector, this is where we under CSR are looking for a handholding,” Deity Secretary Aruna Sharma said during the Nasscom CSR Leadership conference. The research is taking place for medical electronics, nano electronics etc at the incubation centers, she added. “Now the association and CSR could be adjoined in the incubation center itself if the topic of research if of interest to you and your company. You can work with the researchers and take a call,” Sharma said. She also handed a list of products which are completely commercialized to Nasscom and also of those products, which are on the verge of being commercialized and the third one where they are still under the incubation centers. During the conference, a deal between Deity and Nasscom Foundation was also announced, wherein the foundation has been entrusted upon the responsibility of sensitizing citizens across the country on e-waste, its health and environmental hazards and its responsible disposal.

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence gets 12 industrial licences from DIPP
Source: The Indian Express; March 10, 2016

Reliance Defence, a subsidiary of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure Limited, has been granted 12 industrial licenses by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) for manufacturing a wide range of defence equipment. The company, in a statement, said that post the DIPP nod, it would now eye domestic requirements as well as foreign market for combat vehicles. The licenses will facilitate the firm’s involvement in defence projects for the armed forces under the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, it said. In the aerospace segment, with licences to manufacture military aircraft and helicopters, the company looks to meet amphibious aircraft requirements of the Indian Navy, pegged at Rs 9,000 crore, and light utility helicopters, an opportunity valued at more than Rs 20,000 crore. In Land Systems, Reliance has got licences for manufacturing of missiles and all-terrain combat vehicles. The key programmes in this segment include short-, medium- and long-range missile systems with programme value in excess of Rs 50,000 crore. The Indian Army will spend an additional Rs 50,000 crore over the next 10-15 years on different combat vehicles. In the case of unmanned aerial systems, the company is looking at various requirements from the Indian Navy, the Army and the Air Force. The combined value of these programmes over next 10 years is expected to top Rs 30,000 crore.

Compiled by IESA Research

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