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Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys Technologies S. Gopalakrishnan speaking at ‘Connect Coimbatore 2010' organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in Coimbatore on Friday. —
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys Technologies S. Gopalakrishnan speaking at ‘Connect Coimbatore 2010' organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in Coimbatore on Friday. —

Staff Reporter

A host of services will be e-enabled through this project

COIMBATORE: The e-district project will be rolled out in five districts in the State on a pilot basis in a couple of months, according to the Information Technology and Energy secretary PWC Davidar.

Inaugurating Connect Coimbatore, a conference on ‘Innovative ICT for World-Class Enterprises,' organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here on Friday, Mr. Davidar said Coimbatore was one of the districts identified for the first phase of the e-district programme. A host of services would be e-enabled through this project, which was expected to be rolled out in another 60 days.

The government was developing Information Technology (IT) parks in tier-two locations, including Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Hosur, Salem and Tirunelveli. In the IT special economic zones that it was developing, even one acre was now being made available for small or medium-scale IT companies. They would be able to have 40,000 sq.ft. built up area.

A competition would be launched next week for college students and their contributions in Tamil on different topics would be uploaded on the Wikipedia. Currently, only 22,000 articles were available in Tamil on the Wikipedia. About 30,000 more articles would be uploaded through the competition.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys Technologies S. Gopalakrishnan said the Information Technology sector, including all technology enabled services, was on a growth mode.

According to NASSCOM, it was expected to grow by 13 to 15 per cent this year and add another three lakh jobs.

Opportunities were huge and the full benefits of the internet were yet to be tapped. There were new businesses to be created and opportunities were available in research and development and innovation. “If we have seen opportunities there are significant more in the future.”

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