Tech boost for state on PM visit

Jharkhand is all set to join the country’s digital club with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the national digital literacy mission (NDLM) in Ranchi on Thursday.

Besides launching the mission, which is aimed at training 10 lakh people in the first phase, Modi also laid the foundation stones for an incubation centre at the city-based Software Technology Park of India (STPI) and NaTional Institute Of Electronic And Information Technology (NIELIT) to be set up at Ranchi. Modi announced to soon establish Indian Institute of Information Technology in Ranchi and an electronics hub in Adityapur.

STPI in Ranchi is one among the 53 such institutes located in the country which promotes development of software and support to start-ups.

The incubation centre being set up at an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore would act as a resource centre for IT exporting units by offering infrastructural facilities like ready to use state of art incubation facilities, high speed data communication and other amenities as required for development and export of software and services.

The Ranchi STPI has achieved cumulative exported software worth Rs 9 crore in 2013-14 and has recorded cumulative export of Rs 40 crore, which is likely to increase manifold after the establishment of incubation centre.

Union minister of law and IT Ravishankar Prasad said that the NIELIT has started functioning from a temporary campus in RIADA building and would be shifted to permanent campus within one year. “From 20 to 3000- class room hours the institute would be offering training to youth to suit industrial requirement and Jharkhand would soon be skilled to add to the national pool of information technology expertise,” he said.