STPI to add 12 more Centre of Excellence (CoEs): Director General, STPI

Hyderabad: Commemorating the 30th foundation day of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI shared that 12 CoEs have been recently approved and will be launched soon namely AIC STPINEXT, a CoE in Health Tech, Big Data & AI at Bengaluru, an IoT in Agriculture CoE at Akola, a CoE in Efficiency Augmentation at Bengaluru, FinTech CoE at Gandhinagar,  SmartAgri IoT CoE at Patna, a CoE in Emerging Tech at Bhubaneswar and CoE in Industry 4.0 Technology at Vizag and 5 CoE in each of remaining 5 NE capital cities viz. Gangtok (IT Applications in Healthlcare & AgriTech), Itanagar (GIS Applications including Drone Tech), Kohima (IT Applications in Graphic Design) , Aizawl (Gaming), Agartala (Data Analytics).

For nurturing start-up ecosystem and to create world class software products by Indian start-ups, STPI has embarked the journey of establishing domain-centric Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in various emerging technology areas such as AI & Computer Vision, IoT, Fintech, Block chain, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Gaming& Animation etc through collaborative model. STPI has in the past launched 13 CoEs at Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Mohali, Bengaluru, Pune, New Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Shillong, Imphal and Lucknow.

Software Technology parks of India under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India working with the objective of encouraging, promoting, boosting Software Exports, and nurturing the startup ecosystem in the country commemorated its 30th foundation day on 5th June 2021.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General of STPI congratulated all the employees and accentuated, “Reimagination, recreation, restoring, and repositioning are in the DNA of STPI. We are constantly evolving apropos the dynamic needs of the Indian IT industry. We have also infused inclusiveness and competition in the work culture of the organization. And all these have contributed to setting up 13 CoEs in various emerging technologies and subsequently planning for the launch of next 12 CoEs in a time-bound manner. These CoEs will play a pivotal role in revving up R&D, innovation, IP creation, and product development, making India a product nation in times to come.”

STPI started its journey from 3 centers has now having 60 centres pan India with 52 centres in Tier II and Tier III cites. Today, the US$ 194 billion IT industry, comprising around 18,000-plus firms that directly employee 4.47 million strong workforce, that contributes 8.0% of GDP is a testimony to the STPI’s resolute performance in transforming Indian IT industry into a global outsourcing destination for software exports.

Dr. Rai Further added ‘Today our head is held high by fulfilling our primary mandate of boosting IT/ITES exports from the country. From INR 17 crores IT/ITES exports in 1992-92 to INR 5.08 lakh crore during 2020-21 despite pandemic’

Under STPI’s BPO Promotion Scheme, at present 247 BPO/ITES units are operational in 102 cities with reported direct employment of 41,628 people, with highest employment generation reported Andhra Pradesh (10673). IT/ITES/EDSM export has grown from INR 526.69 crores in 2016-17 to INR 836.42 crores in 2020-21 from Andhra Pradesh

For the inclusive growth and dispersal of the IT industry in smaller towns of the country, STPI through its BPO promotion schemes has been providing incentives to BPO units for establishing their operations. The impact of these schemes is evident with the pan India presence of BPO/ITES industry established under these schemes. At present, 247 BPO/ITES units are operational in 102 cities with reported direct employment of 41,628 persons.

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