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INVITING INPUTS: (From left ) Anna University Vice-Chancellor D.Viswanathan, NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik and State IT Secretary C.Chandramouli at the inaugural session of `HR Summit 2006' in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan
INVITING INPUTS: (From left ) Anna University Vice-Chancellor D.Viswanathan, NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik and State IT Secretary C.Chandramouli at the inaugural session of `HR Summit 2006' in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: K. V. Srinivasan

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Satellite towns connected by high-speed transportation network planned

Government keen to put in place necessary physical and social infrastructureSatellite towns necessary in view of anticipated strain on existing cities`Action points' sought to ensure quality and quantity of human resources

CHENNAI: A host of initiatives to spur and support growth of the information technology industry, including a new IT policy and promotion of satellite towns with "necessary social inputs" are on the anvil in Tamil Nadu.

Announcing this here on Tuesday, IT Department Secretary C. Chandramouli said the Government was keen on putting in place the necessary physical and social infrastructure. He was addressing the opening session of the two-day Human Resources Summit-2006 of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM). He invited inputs from the industry for the new IT policy.

He said the satellite towns were necessary in view of the anticipated strain on existing cities. They would have all facilities and would be connected by high-speed transportation network. The objective was also to decongest existing cities.

The Government, Mr. Chandramouli said, "is fully committed to nurturing whatever is happening [growth of industry] and do everything required for future growth."

On the industry's demand for various measures to ensure quality and quantity of human resources, including revision of the curriculum to meet its requirements, the IT Secretary said the industry was talking about it for sometime and should come out with "action points."

Agreeing there was a need to give higher education institutions the freedom to innovate in terms of the course and the curriculum, as sought by the IT industry, Mr. Chandramouli pointed out the need for enforcing basic minimum standards. There was a need to also look at issues pertaining to the faculty, including the high faculty-student ratio and low salary of teachers.

The HR personnel should consider imparting training to the faculty members to ensure that the industry's requirements were met.

Specific initiatives

Anna University Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan said NASSCOM's choice of conducting the HR summit every year in Chennai amply demonstrated that south India contributed a larger percentage of technical manpower.

"There is a growing need to link education sector with IT industry requirements."

Besides ensuring an interface between industry and academia, such a link would help explore alliances and programmes for specific initiatives with corporates, academic institutions and consultancy services.

"Quality education is the way forward, be it for desired economic growth or creating employable workforce."

NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik sought measures to "liberate the universities," at least a few of them. Such a move would give them freedom in terms of the courses offered, fee structure and salary of the faculty.

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