‘In the days to come, IT will play a huge role in the nation's development'

Mobile telephony will be the future platform for delivery of Information Technology enabled services, Chairman of National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nascom) & NIIT Group, Rajendra Singh Pawar said here on Saturday.

“Whether it is health care, public distribution system, farming or education, IT will be all pervasive reaching across the last mile to connect with the common man,'' Mr. Pawar said here after being presented the Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award by Supreme Court Judge Justice Jasti Chalameswar. Mr. Pawar was given a citation by Justice Chalameswar.

Nasscom projects to leverage IT in the school education—playground kiosks in schools in distant villages without teachers- had already started yielding the results and the projects were being replicated outside country, eg. Bhutan.

Reiterating that IT would continue to play an effective role in the delivery of public services, Mr. Pawar said that the e-service Delivery Bill which is to be tabled in Parliament soon, would enable citizens to access 200 services in e-Seva, Meeseva, Common Service Centres (CSC), State Data Centres (SDC) powered by high speed band width of the State Wide Area Networks (SWAN).

Calling 21st century as the ``century of the mind,'' Mr. Pawar said the IT was expected to drive the India's economy as its revenue expected to touch $100 Billion soon--- ``a significant global milestone.'' IT is set to be largest employer of workforce of people under the age of 35. The IT industry has created direct employment to 2.8 million people and indirect employment to 12 million jobs for unemployed youth.

Using a power point presentation to explain India's transformation in the Information Age, Mr. Pawar said that from a meagre share of $ 1 billion in 1990, IT was worth a staggering $ 74 billion in 2010. with the growth rate tripling in the last decade, though tormented by great recession, global terrorism and other factors. , growing from $ 1 billion entity in 1990 to a staggering $ 100 billion at the end of 2011. The share of IT in GDP is around 7.5 per cent and accounted for 26 per cent of India's exports.

Chairman of the Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Trust Ratheish Nayudamma, Managing Trustee P. Vishnu Murthy, and Chairman of Awards Committee, R. Sampath were present.