Thiruvananthapuram: The Knowledge City concept planned at the upcoming 400-acre Technocity in Thiruvananthapuram is a big step envisioned towards bringing a paradigm shift in the socio economic thought process of Kerala, according to M. Sivasankar, IT Secretary, Kerala.
Addressing the media today, he said that Kerala’s Technocity is not just planned as another IT park that would provide basic IT infrastructure for IT & (ITeS companies, but as a Centre of Excellence for frontier technologies that will encourage research and development in upcoming technologies capable of empowering lives of people as envisioned by the Government’s latest IT Policy.
Poiniting out that the aim is to make Kerala’s Technocity the country’s biggest futuristic IT park that focuses on futuristic technologies such as Cognitive Analytics, Fintech, Space Applications, Cyber Security, e-Mobility, Sivasankar said, “Once Technocity is operational, we foresee additional 100,000 employment opportunities from leading and upcoming IT companies in Kerala especially in the areas of futuristic technologies.” Technopark’s Phase 1, 2 and 3 collectively employ over 100,000 IT professionals.
“According to the state’s IT policy, the focus is to develop Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode as the neo-IT destinations of Kerala, where Thiruvananthapuram would be developed as a hub for Cyber Security, Block Chain, Fintech and Artificial Intelligence. Kochi will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyberpark will focus on mobile-based technologies, ” Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Kerala IT Parks, said.
“We shall allocate space for the new generation startups at Knowledge City that will also focus on research and development. It will also be developed as a centre of excellence for interacting with big IT companies, academic inclusion and also support in the growth of startup companies,” he added.
On October 27, President Ram Nath Kovind will lay the foundation stone for the first government IT building at Technocity. The first IT building planned is a signature building with a built- up area of 2 lakh sq. ft is expected to be completed by 2019 to accommodate the demand for more office space from a large number of small and medium companies located in Technopark. Basic infrastructure developments like road, power and water have been completed.
Tata Consultancy Services have already begun work on their campus on 97-acres of land in Technocity. Other organisations such as SunTec, IIITM-K and KASE have already taken land for developing their respective campuses as well. Organisations like TCS, SunTec, IIITMk, KASE etc have already taken land for development.