Staff Reporter

It can grow faster than Technopark or Infopark, says IT Secretary

‘City has the required infrastructure’

‘Special courses to raise employability’

Kozhikode: The atmosphere, powered by political will and public enthusiasm, is well ripe for Kozhikode to become the next IT Hub of the State, Information Technology (IT) secretary Ajay Kumar said here on Saturday.

He was speaking at a ‘brainstorming session’ organised by the Malabar Chamber or Commerce (MCC) on the ‘Development of IT in Malabar,’ at the Chamber House here.

“The rising potential of Kozhikode in the IT front is a major talking point even in Thiruvananthapuram,” said. Mr. Kumar. The IT secretary, who said that outsourcing was only a minor fraction of a larger spectrum of IT-based industries, maintained that the IT Park in Kozhikode was long due despite its high potentials as an IT destination.

The city has all the required infrastructural facilities including the proximity of international airports, power substations, optical fibre connectivity and a large number of employable human resources.

“If started now, the IT park of Kozhikode can grow faster than the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and the Info-park in Kochi,” he said.

IT initiatives

Mr. Kumar also said that the initiatives with the help of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) in the colleges of the State such as introducing special courses to improve the employability of students will further perk up the prospects of the district in the IT front.

“As many as 150 colleges in the State will come under the finishing school skills programme introduced the government and the State will have a rich pool of employable human resources within two years,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, head of NASSCOM, Chennai, Purushothaman, said that NASSCOM was focussing its attentions on expanding and developing IT in the tier-two and tier-three cities of the country.

Pradeep Kumar, MLA, who spoke on the occasion, announced that the survey for the proposed IT Park in Kozhikode has been completed and the sketches readied for the project. District collector A. Jayathilak, MCC president P. Zakeer, KINFRA Thiruvananthapuram Managing Director S. Ramnath, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) professor Saji Gopinath among others spoke on the occasion.