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MEET: Education Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan addressing a conference on "Globalisation and its Impact on Indian Business" organised by the CII in Puducherry on Friday.
MEET: Education Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan addressing a conference on "Globalisation and its Impact on Indian Business" organised by the CII in Puducherry on Friday.

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Land bank to be set up to facilitate industry expansion

Puducherry: Education Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan has said that the administration had drawn up a new policy to promote information technology.

Inaugurating a one-day conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Friday on the "Impact of Globalisation in Indian Business", Mr. Shahjahan said that a Land Bank would be set up soon to make available sites for the IT industries and IT education imparting institutions. Globalisation had given a new orientation in industrial environment and there was a need to align the policies of education with the emerging scenario, he added.

Flexible

The IT policy would be released in the next two weeks. He made it clear that the Government was adopting a flexible policy to encourage private players in establishing medical and engineering colleges.

A Government University would be set up, which, in association with institutions abroad, would offer international degrees and diploma courses. Mr. Shahjahan said that industries should concentrate on Research and Development for faster and quality development.

Human resources should be in tune with the emerging requirements in a globalised market. Mr. Shahajahan invited suggestions from IT industry to frame the syllabus. He appealed to the corporates to prefer Puducherry as their destination.

A new scheme to establish Knowledge Village to impart the youth training in language and other skills would be set up.

The Government would provide subsidies to institutions establishing their centres here. An infrastructure development corporation and special educational zone would be constituted. Chairman of CII Southern Region M. Lakshminarayan, who presided, said that globalisation had come to stay and there was a need to have a blending of the rural and urban, while mulling implementation of schemes to carry the benefits of the IT sector to the people at large.

Chairman of CII (Puducherry) P. Sekhar welcomed. Representatives of various IT and software industries and industrialists from Puducherry and Chennai participated. A question-answer session was also held. Vice Chairman of the CII C. Chinnasamy also spoke.

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