‘Need to create an ideal IT ecosystem at MIHAN’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Jul 2017 09:28:56


Business Bureau,

THE region of Vidarbha and especially Nagpur has achieved several milestones by persuading several major domestic IT companies to set up their units at the IT Park in MIHAN.
Most of the IT companies have started operations or are either in the process of construction and establishing infrastructure for their units. With this, the IT Park at MIHAN is almost full with occupants like TCS, Tech Mahindra, HCL, Infosys etc. This has set the ball rolling to embark on setting up the Phase-II of the IT Park.

“The objective of the IT Park in Nagpur is to create an ideal IT ecosystem where big IT companies as well as small ancillary units will synchronise their capabilities and coexist,” said Arvind Kumar, Centre Head at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) while talking at the session on IT and ITES at the Inter Divisional Committee on Industrialisation of Vidarbha and Marathwada recently organised by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA).

Present on the occasion were Anoop Kumar, Nagpur Divisional Commissioner, Sunil Porwal, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries), Piyush Singh, Divisional Commissioner, Amravati, senior officers, representatives of trade and industry and other stakeholders.

Giving recommendations on how to overcome hurdles on creating an ideal IT ecosystem to accelerate growth of the region, Kumar said, “Government needs to attract the biggest IT companies of the world like Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, Google etc., to the IT Park at MIHAN.” Cities like Bangaluru, Hyderabad and Pune have developed and grown to dizzy heights to become IT hubs in the country due to the ecosystem which was created by these large companies.

“Large foreign IT companies outsource a huge chunk of their work from smaller domestic players thereby establishing a thriving ecosystem where there is supply and demand,” he said.
In order to put Nagpur on the IT map of the world a proper IT ecosystem needs to be developed in a similar manner at MIHAN, he added.

In order to attract top IT companies of the world there is a need to develop better air connectivity from Nagpur to other parts of the country and the world.
Also, efforts have to made to connect MIHAN with the city through the Metro Rail operations, he said.

The IT industry is plagued with high employee retention levels. Employees after working for more than four to five years tend to leave and join other companies. An employee should get chance to get job in Nagpur itself, otherwise he would move out for greener pastures in other cities.

An ideal ecosystem would also attract smaller IT players which would perform outsourced work. In this manner a market would be developed which would create more employment opportunities for local youth, he said.

Another representative said that for any minor work regarding IT, the matter is sent to Mumbai for approval. Government should appoint a nodal officer who can take administrative decisions to resolve issues related to IT in Nagpur.