manufacturing gets a Rs 6,000-crore push
Source: Business Standard;
March 26, 2016
As the country vies for self reliance in electronic goods production,
the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has
so far approved proposals amounting to around Rs 6,155 crore under the
Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS). The scheme looks
at providing financial incentives to private companies for setting up
electronics manufacturing units. The government has given final as
well as in-principle approval to 28 electronics manufacturing clusters
(EMCs) and common facility centres (CFCs) across the country.
According to a report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu released last year,
the demand for electronics hardware in India is projected to grow $400
billion by 2020. However, by that time the estimated domestic
production could rise to only $104 billion, while the rest has to be
met through imports. The government in India, through various
initiatives, is looking at reducing the dependence on electronic
imports by promoting domestic manufacturing.
"Here the idea is to push more companies setup base in India to
manufacture LED televisions, set-top boxes, automotive electronics,
telecom equipment, RFID tags and labels among other things. Most of
the equipment till now are not made in India but merely assembled. We
hope that this would give a much needed push to the sector," said a
senior official in the Ministry of Communications and Information
Internet of Things
Could Bridge Rural and Urban India
Source: NDTV Gadgets; March
Some call it the fourth industrial revolution or "industry 4.0"; for
others, the time when machines can "talk" at "smart" factories and
"connected" homes to make your life better is here. But for India,
Internet of Things (IoT) can bring a real revolution: empowering
millions in rural areas and connecting "humans" to the mainstream.
A well-connected nation is the first step towards a well-served nation
and, hence, connecting rural India to the IoT will provide the
much-needed bridge between urban and rural India.
"It is a surefire way of channelling the benefits of a digital economy
to the largest part of the country. IoT will enable delivery of
education, health, governance and financial services to otherwise
underserved areas," Oracle India managing director Shailender Kumar
For example, most patients in rural areas do not have access to
specialists. Thus, several large hospitals in the metros are beginning
to offer remote consulting services in rural villages using media-rich
"The doctors can see and interact with patients in remote telemedicine
centres, with the case history and medical data automatically
transmitted to the doctor for analysis. Similarly, the IoT technology
can be leveraged to offer high-quality remote education in high
schools across the country," Shailendra Kumar told IANS.
hinges on competence level of states: Amitabh Kant
Source: Mint; March 26,
India may opt for different models of manufacturing rather than a
uniform manufacturing policy applicable nationwide, said Amitabh Kant,
chief executive officer at NITI Aayog, the successor to the Planning
Commission. Kant, who was in the city to attend Mint’s Luxury
Conference, said the country will have different models depending on
the competence levels of states. “We are a very big country, we are
bigger than 24 countries of Europe. You will have different models of
manufacturing. States like Gujarat and Maharashtra must get into
intelligent manufacturing—Manufacturing 4.0, or smart manufacturing.
They must advance the envelope with the convergence of digital
technology in manufacturing,” Kant said. However, in states such as
Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the stress should be on labour-intensive
sectors such as textiles, leather, gems and jewelry, he said.
“In the eastern part of India, the focus has to be on value-added
agriculture and food processing. There is no reason why a state like
Kerala should actually do manufacturing... Kerala is very good in the
service sector—like tourism. So, every state, depending on its core
competency, must excel; there must one area where it must be the No. 1
global player. And that is the ambition that every state must have,”
Kant’s comments come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
Make in India is promoting India as an important investment
destination, a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation.
What will it take to
achieve IoT in India?
Source: The Times of India; March 28, 2016
Whether you work in Mumbai, visit Pondicherry or live in a small
community in India, you could soon benefit from one of the greatest
technological upheavals in human history – the Internet of Things (IoT).
How someone living in India will experience a vast, emerging network
of sensor-laden machines, things and human beings will dramatically
differ from the rest of the world because India faces unique
socio-economic challenges, poorly developed transportation
infrastructure and easily available cellular networks. These factors
are taking IoT down a more industrial and service-oriented track.With
most of India’s population linked to agriculture in one way or
another, it makes sense that both government and businesses would
invest much of their IoT efforts on that industry. Imagine farmers
deploying solar powered mouser and soil fertilizers or pest levels via
mesh sensors connected via BLE to a gateway which is WiFi connected to
Cloud applications which process data for better inform land
management. Data will be processed while the farmer is fast asleep and
update provided each morning. Imagine India with smart farming! As M.N.
Vidyashankar, president of India Electronics & Semiconductor
Association (IESA), writes: “Over 70 percent of India’s rural
households are dependent on agriculture, and most of the techniques
used in farming are archaic and vulnerable to the vagaries of nature.
IoT might just be the answer to this sector’s needs, with applications
including soil and plant monitoring, tracking of temperature and
humidity, precision agriculture and more.”
body forms separate council for mobile industry
Source: The Economic Times;
March 28, 2016
Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA),
the apex industry body for the consumer electronics and home
appliances industry in India, has formed a formed a separate council
for the mobile industry, including telecom equipment and mobile phone
makers. The council in collaboration with other industry associations
will present an industry consensus view to the government on crucial
issues pertaining to the growth and development of the Indian mobility
industry. It will also support the government's initiative to promote
manufacturing in India. CEAMA president and Panasonic India and South
Asia managing director Manish Sharma said the local component
ecosystem is still not fully in place, resulting into dependency on
international machineries and mechanisms. "Therefore, the industry
should be given an opportunity to build the ecosystem and encourage
initiatives being taken in this area. We believe the new mobile and
communication council will appropriately connect and able to propagate
the recommendations of industry players to government and policy
makers," he said.
The council is also pressing the need to the government to withdraw
the basic customs duty, countervailing duty and special additional
duty levied on charger, adapter, battery and wired headsets/speakers
in the recent union budget. At present the domestic mobile
manufacturer pays 29% as customs duty on these accessories and 2% levy
in respect of populated PCBs, whereas on the other hand importers of
mobile CBU have to pay only 12.5% on the same inputs. The above items
constitute about 10% to 30% ..
Make in India gets new
DPP boost: Defence Expo will display what India can do, says Manohar
Source: The Economic Times; March 28, 2016
Inaugurating the Defence Expo 2016, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
on Monday said, "The new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) has been
put up on the Defence Ministry website today morning. This DPP can
help India in achieving a good defence industry network, for its own
needs and exports. "Government is proactive in promoting 'Make in
India'. Startup India can be a big contributor in the defence sector."
Parrikar said. "With the new DPP, we have ensured that transparency is
greater and clearances are faster," he pitched, inviting industry to
participate in the sector in a big way. "This Defence Expo will
display to the world, what India can do. The participation at Defence
Expo has been beyond our expectations," he added. Earlier, MoS Defence
Rao Inderjit Singh said, "All countries look to defend their frontiers
and those that provide equipment have set up robust manufacturing
basis in their respective countries. India has still not been able to
achieve what developed countries have in terms of industrial
revolution and manufacturing."
"Going forward, we hope to not only manufacture in India, but also
design and develop in India for the defence sector," Singh said. "I
request industries to work out a model in which 'Make in India'
happens in the defence sector, with special focus on design and
development. We hope to offer a level playing field. We hope that
India will become a big exporter for defence equipment," he added.
What awaits India’s IT
Source: Infotech Lead; March 30, 2016
software companies operating in India feel so much encouraged with the
current government’s Start-up India, Smart City, Digital India and
Make in India missions. However, results of recent research reports
indicate that India’s IT spending growth would slow slightly this
year, but would rebound from next year. Gartner forecasts India’s IT
spending to grow 7.2 percent annually, to reach $72.3 billion in 2016.
IDC forecast is a bit more optimistic compared to Gartner, with the
estimated growth rate at 8 percent. However, it is down from 13
percent growth achieved in 2015. Major technology companies: IBM,
Cisco Systems, Dell, HPE, Oracle, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Brocade
Communications, among others, will benefit from the growth in India’s
IT spending. Gartner says spending on Internet of Things (IoT)
hardware will exceed $2.5 million every minute in 2016. Connectivity
of the rural area is one of the visions of the government under its
Digital India initiative. If the BJP government initiatives prove
fruitful, then the rural-urban gap would be bridged, enhancing the
economy. It seems Google has taken initiatives on this part with its
balloon-based Internet technology Project Loon plans. News reports
were out that the internet giant is in talks with local
telecommunications providers. The research firm says data center
systems will grow 3.9 percent in 2016, with most of this growth coming
from enterprise network equipment and servers that will grow at 5.9
percent and 5.3 percent, respectively.
investments in defence sector
Source: The Times of India;
March 30, 2016
Chhattisgarh industries minister Amar Agarwal participated in Global
Investors Summit Make in India for Defence Sector Defexpo 2016 in Goa
to woo defence investments to state. At an event organized by ASSOCHAM
and Chhattisgarh government, high profile speakers and top management
of global defence companies participated. State industry minister
briefed about state and shared his vision for industrial development
and investment opportunities in defence sector in Chhattisgarh.
Throwing light on specific reasons to do business in Chhattisgarh, the
minister elaborated on state's commitment to support and develop
industries in sunrise sectors like defence manufacturing, heavy
engineering, railways, electronics and information technology. He also
invited corporates across globe to visit and witness the industrial
environment. Led by industries minister, the delegation comprised of
CSIDC chairman Chhagan Lal Mundra, industries secretary Subodh Kumar
Singh, director industries Kartikeya Goel and CSIDC managing director
Sunil Kumar Mishra. The delegation had detailed one to one meetings
with senior executives of six companies and two business delegations
of defence manufacturing companies. The state delegation also visited
Defexpo in which nearly 1,000 companies participated from 47 countries
which include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France,
Germany, Israel, Japan, Russia, Sweden, UK, USA and others.
Tech institute signs
MoU with NIT-Silchar
Source: The Times of India;
March 30, 2016
In a bid to promote skill upgradation and create job avenues in the
region, the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology
(NIELIT) recently signed an MoU with NIT-Silchar, boosting ties
between the two leading institutions. The MoU was signed between
NIELIT (Guwahati) director K Baruah and NIT-Silchar registrar AK
Barbhuiyan. As part of the MoU, NIELIT will provide skill development
training in niche areas to local youths in the non-formal sector. The
institute will conduct courses in the field of electronics sector
design manufacturing. NIT-Silchar will provide the basic facilities to
NIELIT to fulfil the objective. NIELIT director general Ashwini Kumar
Sharma said that in the recent past, the thrust of the centre's
department of electronics and information technology has been on
developing IT capacity-building projects for government employees.
Requisite steps will now be taken for the northeast. NV Deshpande,
director of NIT-Silchar, said the efforts put in by NIELIT and the
support of NIT-Silchar will assist skill enhancement of the youth of
the state and will, in turn, enhance employability. K Baruah, director
of NIELIT-Guwahati, lauded the state government for granting land
free-of-cost at all locations to set up permanent campuses of NIELIT.
Private defence firms
keen on Make in India
Source: mint; March 30,
Domestic telecom equipment maker Himachal Futuristic Communications
Ltd (HFCL) is known for two things: in the late 1990s, it made
outrageous bids for telecom licences and later on it had its share of
run-ins with the capital markets regulator for its suspected
involvement in rigging share prices in a case dating back to
1999-2001. But that’s the past and it’s makeover time as the company,
with revenue of Rs.2,553 crore in 2014-15, has won government licences
to design, develop and manufacture aircraft and unmanned aerial
vehicles. HFCL is just one of the private firms eyeing defence
projects. Between January 2001 and February 2016, the commerce
ministry has granted 333 industrial licences to private firms for
defence manufacturing, according to data on the department of
industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) website. They include Micronel
Global Engineers Pvt. Ltd, Marine Electrical (I) Pvt. Ltd, Defsys
Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Naistoco India Pvt. Ltd, Comint Systems and
Solutions Pvt. Ltd, Ananth Technologies Ltd, DCX Cable Assemblies Pvt.
Ltd and OIS Advanced Technology Pvt. Ltd.
There are more familiar names too: Tebma Shipyards Ltd, Premier
Explosives Ltd, Titagarh Wagons Ltd, Taneja Aerospace and Aviation
Ltd, Punj Lloyd Aviation Ltd, Dynamatic Technologies Ltd, Bharati
Shipyard Ltd, Ashok Leyland Defence Systems Ltd and AMW Motors Ltd.
And then there are big, established ones such as Bharat Forge Ltd (BFL),
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Tata group, Larsen and Toubro Ltd
(L&T), Godrej Group and the Mahindra Group.
Foxconn agrees to buy
Sharp Corp at $3.5 billion; slashing initial offer of $900 million
Source: IBN Live; March 31,
Taiwan's Foxconn agreed to acquire Japan's Sharp Corp at a big
discount to its original offer, capping a month of wrangling that
sowed more doubt over whether the two companies can work well together
and fend off fierce competition from rivals. Foxconn, formally known
as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, will pay about $3.5 billion for a
two-thirds stake, cutting its initial offer by nearly $900 million
following the emergence of previously undisclosed liabilities at
Sharp. The deal marks the largest acquisition by a foreign company in
Japan's insular tech industry and the end of independence for a
100-year-old company that started out making belt buckles and
mechanical pencils. It also gives the world's top electronics contract
manufacturer control of Sharp's advanced screen technology which it
does not have, and helps strengthen its pricing power with major
client Apple Inc. Under the revised terms, Foxconn will pay 88 yen per
Sharp share, the companies said in a statement, a 35 percent discount
to Wednesday's close and likely reflecting in part Chinese obsession
with the lucky number eight.
Foxconn has also agreed to buy all 200 billion yen ($1.7 billion)
worth of preferred shares owned by Sharp's two main creditor banks, a
source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
It also has the option of increasing its stake in Sharp next year.
The firms had been on the verge of finalising terms last month when
contingent liabilities at Sharp were suddenly revealed, causing
Foxconn to hit the pause button on the deal.
Digital India, a $1
trillion business opportunity: Prasad
Source: India Today; March
The government's Digital India initiative is a $1 trillion business
opportunity across IT and IT-enabled services, telecom and electronics
manufacturing, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here
"Nearly $400 billion will be added from the electronics manufacturing,
including mobile phones, solar panels etc., while $350 billion
opportunity will be presented by the IT and ITeS sector," the minister
said at the inauguration of FICCI-Frames 2016 Media & Entertainment
"The aspirational urge of Indians is driving the digital world in a
phenomenal way. And the government's job is to create an enabling
eco-system for its growth," he said.
"If industry needs more policy initiatives, the government is open to
it," he added.
Internet penetration has reached 400 million in India, 60 per cent of
it being mobile internet.
He also said India with one billion mobile phone connections has
overtaken the US to become the second largest mobile phone market in
the world behind China.
India, Belgium pitch for resumption of FTA talks
Source: Zee News India; March 31, 2016
India and Belgium Tuesday pitched for resumption of the long stalled
negotiations on the proposed India-EU free trade agreement (FTA) on
"mutually agreed terms" as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his
counterpart Charles Michel resolved to strengthen their bilateral
During their meeting here today, both leaders committed to strengthen
the economic engagement by diversifying the bilateral trade basket and
expanding investment ties.
"They agreed on the need to tap into the full potential of the EU-India
strategic partnership and looked forward to the resumption of
negotiations on the India-EU Broad-based Trade and Investment
Agreement (BTIA) on mutually-agreed terms," a joint statement issued
after meeting of the two leaders said.
Belgium is the member of the 28-nation European Union (EU).
The negotiations for the free trade pact, officially dubbed as BTIA,
have been held up since May 2013 as both the sides are yet to bridge
substantial gaps on crucial issues, including data security status for
the IT sector.
Although senior officials from both the sides have met twice in the
last two months on the issue, no date has been finalised yet for the
next round of talks.
Belgium is India's second largest trade partner in goods in the EU and
India is the Belgium's second largest export destination outside the
A digitized India is an inevitability, is the verdict at FICCI Frames
Source: Best Media Info; March 31, 2016
Union minister for Communications and Information Technology, Ravi
Shanker Prasad, said on Wednesday that the Digital India and Make in
India initiatives of the Union government were going to prove game
changers for the media and entertainment industry. Digital, he saidat
the 17th edition of Ficci Frames in Mumbai, was the enabler while
content was the driver of the digital transformation taking place in
Prasad said Indians first watched technology, then used it gradually,
before adopting it wholeheartedly. The time taken by an Indian to
adapt to the digital medium may be long, but would be a surety,
propelled by government initiatives.
Digital India, the minister said, had a huge potential and would be
worth $1 trillion in the next five or six years. Of the trillion
dollars, $400 billion would come from the electronics industry, $350
billion would come from IT and related services and the remaining $250
billion would come from the communications sector. Digital India,
therefore, had a huge potential, he said.
Analog Devices Launches Anveshan 2016 IoT Design Fellowship Program
Source: PR News wire; March 22, 2016
Analog Devices, Inc. today announced the start of its biennial 'Anveshan
2016 Design Fellowship Program.' This year, the program is focused on
the rapidly growing and evolving Internet of Things (IoT) space, and
for the first time extends beyond the engineering student community,
to encompass the entire ecosystem. This includes IoT startups, makers,
hobbyists and entrepreneurs.
Participate in Anveshan 2016 by registering at:
The Anveshan Design Fellowship Program provides a platform to create
and experiment with innovative IoT applications, develop
sensor-to-cloud prototypes, experiment and innovate with key
technologies such as energy harvesting and IoT connectivity, develop
breakthrough concepts and algorithms for IoT use cases, and experiment
with IoT platforms with analytics running on the edge, fog or cloud.
Anveshan gives participants an opportunity to showcase their
innovation by designing and architecting a complete innovative IoT
product, core technology, algorithm or an IoT service in a low-risk
setting with funding and guidance provided by Analog Devices.
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