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Telangana to drive technology innovation: KTR

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Hyderabad: Telangana government is keen to make progress in all the spheres of information technology. The State will pilot every new activity that is possible in the space of cyber security, internet of things (IoT) and analytics. It will focus on driving technology innovation.

Calling cyber security is real, eminent and immediate risk, Telangana Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao said, Telangana has tied up with Carnegie Mellon University of the US to create cyber warriors. “We want to work with IBM, Tech Mahindra, Nasscom and cyber security companies in Israel in a collaborative model

“We realise that with so much disruption happening around us where the largest transportation provider doesn’t own a car, the largest book platform doesn’t own a book and the largest hotel chain doesn’t own a room. Physical infrastructure in business models have no relevance today. We want to create legacy structures. The government is keen on building ecosystem that can nurture youngsters in the IT sector,” he said.

Startup ecosystem

Addressing the gathering at Tech Mahindra’s MI-18 2017 annual innovation day in Hyderabad on Thursday, he narrated how the T-Hub initiative took off. “The second day of my resuming my duty as the IT Minister of the State, I visited Indian School of Business for a brainstorming discussion on what should be done to propel the growth of the State and Hyderabad. The idea of starting the T-Hub came from that discussion which has helped in creating the startup ecosystem that has evolved today through that,” he added.

KTR who worked in the US for eight years said that not just in the US but across the world, India is recognised for its thinkforce. Indians are known for their problem solving and programming capability. This strength needs to be capitalised and tapped.

CP Gurnani, CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “Telangana and Hyderabad have a got a new identity and recognition with the success of T-Hub in creating a vibrant ecosystem for startups in the State. Telangana is an investor-friendly State that is also making significant progress on the skilling front and Hyderabad over the last few years emerged as the startup capital.”

Sharing his thoughts on the progress Hyderabad is making as a city, KTR said, Hyderabad is evolving and the city may not be yet at where Bengaluru is. But the beginning is made and the government is making efforts to make improvements on all the fronts. The State will continue to make progress in developing infrastructure, innovation and skilling to ensure inclusive growth. To pole vault and accelerate growth, the government realises the need to make continued efforts in this direction.

He said, “T-Hub has been a phenomenal success so far. In the form of Phase II, Hyderabad will see the creation of the world’s largest incubator by the end of 2018. I appeal to every Tech Mahindra professional to innovate, incubate and incorporate in Hyderabad to aid the growth of the city as the world’s top startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

He appealed to Tech Mahindra leadership team to consider shifting its central office from Gurugram to Hyderabad.

IT destination

From attracting Microsoft to set up its centre during Chandrababu Naidu’s tenure, Hyderabad has attracted the largest IT powerhouses of the world to set up their largest centres outside of the US. Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft have all chosen Hyderabad. This is a testimony to the city’s vibrancy. Uber and Salesforce have added this belief further.

Hyderabad is also becoming a preferred destination for global business events. The city that has recently hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and is gearing up for another major event ‘World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)’ to be held on February 19-21 next year. KTR noted, besides business and trade, culture and events like these bring a new identity to the city.

Pitching for Hyderabad, KTR on a soft note said, “While Delhi struggles with smog, Bengaluru with traffic, Hyderabad offers a deadly combination of best climate, industry friendly ecosystem, good governance, skill base and the Hyderabadi Biryani, which other cities cannot compete with.”

Industry-academia linkage

The State is keen to replicate the models what countries such as Germany and Australia have implemented in the education sector. The Higher Education Council is promoting innovation and entrepreneurship at school level. And in another initiative, the government along with JNTU is a creating a six-month apprenticeship platform were in candidates will get industry exposure.

KTR stressed that industry has to make its efforts in upskilling and reskilling their employees as technology has become dynamic.

Tech Mahindra is hosting its annual innovation day, MI- 18 2017 in Hyderabad on December 14-15, 2017. The company is showcasing innovations that would aid in digital transformation through new solutions and platforms. The company is exhibiting technologies that will dominate 2018. The event also gives a sneak peek into new solutions that have been built using new age tools and technologies such AI, ML, NLP, AR/VR, IoT, etc.

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