Thiruvananthapuram: The first meeting of this High Power IT Committee (HPIC) in Kerala held here today deliberated on bringing in a structure for the growth of IT in the state, focus on development of the IT digital infrastructure and to work towards bringing a radical change in Kerala’s IT industry.
The high power committee comprising of IT leaders who have made major contributions in the growth of Information Technology in India will act as brand ambassadors for Kerala’s IT industry and promote the state in the global IT marketplace. The IT leaders welcomed the government’s vision for Kerala’s IT industry and assured total support of the industry towards the same. Today’s meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
It was in March 2017 that the Kerala Government constituted the high power committee to promote Kerala IT. The committee is headed by S D Shibulal, Co-Founder & Former CEO of Infosys, as Chairman and has 10 IT industry stalwarts as members.
Kerala IT Secretary M Sivasankar, on behalf of the government, explained the official plan to create a digital open IT network to host Citizen Services and ensure direct delivery of the same to the public. The HPIC suggested creating a state-of-the-art next generation IT architecture for the State that will enable digital lifestyle for its citizens which should allow participation from all stake holders including major IT players/industry stakeholders, enterprises and start-ups.
The HPIC also discussed the State’s draft IT policy in detail. Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, IT Parks, appraised the committee members on the feedback from the IT companies on the IT policy draft based on the meetings held at the three IT hubs (Technopark, Infopark & Cyberpark).
The committee agreed that the policy was very comprehensive and appreciated the provision for updating sub policies each year. The suggestions for changes to be incorporated in the draft policy were discussed which will be collated for update before the finalization of the Policy.
The High Power IT Committee recommended setting up of a team of senior officials to drive corporate engagements that will help promote investments in the State. The team will provide seamless support for clients across various government departments and will be under the direct supervision of the Chief Minister’s Office. A final report detailing the action plan on the same will be presented before the next meeting.
The HPIC also recommended to the government to host an IT Summit with the aim to bring together senior IT professionals across the globe with linkages to the State. They highlighted that the event should be utilised to showcase the opportunities in the IT and Knowledge sector the state has to offer and also to enhance the brand Kerala IT.
The committee will have monthly conference calls with the IT secretary and CEO IT Parks to review the progress and has decided to convene the next HPIC meeting on July 2017.
The members of the High Power IT Committee include M Sivasankar, Secretary, IT, Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO, Infosys; V K Mathews, Executive Chairman, IBS Group; Ajit Balakrishnan, founder CEO, Rediff.com; Duleep Sahadevan, Software Associates; Anthony Thomas, CIO, GE India; Dinesh Thampi, Vice President, TCS; Ashok Pammidi, Regional Director, NASSCOM; Saji Gopinath, Faculty, IIM Kozhikode; Rajesh Nair, Director, Ernst and Young and Hrishikesh R Nair, CEO, IT Parks-Kerala.