CM LAUNCHES HIGH-END PROJECTS TO UPLIFT KERALA’S IT ECOSYSTEM
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recently launched five high-end IT projects, including the State’s second World Trade Centre at Technocity, which would act as pivots of Kerala’s robust IT ecosystem, generate jobs and ensure sustainable economic development. In what is considered as a major milestone, Pinarayi Vijayan also launched ‘SWATANTRA’, the world’s largest integrated free and open source facility in the government sector. The other three projects are the Skill Delivery Platform of Kerala (SDPK), Design Innovation Centre and Space Tech Application Development Ecosystem (STADE).
The five projects will give a boost to the State’s IT ecosystem apart from generating jobs and ensuring sustainable economic development
Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Co-operation and Devaswom, delivered the presidential address. M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, Electronics & IT, Government of Kerala welcomed the gathering while Dr. Jayasankar Prasad, Director, ICFOSS, proposed the vote of thanks.
World Trade Centre
The second World Trade Centre (WTC) in Kerala after the one in Kochi is being executed by the Brigade Group in an area of 2.5 million sq. ft. that will generate employment for 15,000 persons. It is proposed to be part of a larger mixed use development with allied facilities including hotel, serviced apartments, hostel (men and women) for working professionals and neighbourhood retail and entertainment.
‘SWATANTRA’, an initiative of International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), will house the ICFOSS Research Centre and Office, FOSS Innovation and Incubation Space, Open Hardware Lab and FOSS Training Space. It is aimed at enhancing the government’s agenda of promoting democratic access to information with the objective of sustainable economic development. Kerala became the first State to adopt a pro-FOSS IT policy and the Government set up ICFOSS in 2009.
Skill Delivery Platform for Kerala (SDPK)
The SDPK by Kerala State IT Infrastructure (KSITL) intends to bridge the gap between the industry and colleges and is equipped to provide a live tele-presence network with 150 engineering colleges of the State that come under APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University. By providing training in blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) to 50,000 students per year, this e-learning platform is aimed at improving the employability of engineering students.
Design Innovation Centre
The #DesignKeralaSummit held in Kochi paved the way for the setting up of a Design Innovation Centre in Kerala. One of the delegates at the summit, Sreeni Sreenivasan, also the president of World Design Organisation studied the design opportunities in the State and decided to set up a Design Innovation Centre by setting up his US- based company Lumium in Kerala. The Design Innovation Centre is proposed to be set up in Kochi. A company started in 2006, Lumium has proved its expertise in Design Research, Strategy, Design & Detailed Engineering etc.
Letters of occupancies at STADE by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) were handed over to three startups working in the space tech arena – Satsure, Bellatrix and Agnikul – by the Kerala IT Secretary in the presence of Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM. Airbus Biz Labs is partnering with KSUM on this project.