As part of Project Vikas, it will enhance manufacturing competitiveness
TIRUPUR: Inaugurating TEA E-Readiness Centre, set up as part of Project Vikas by software major Microsoft and National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council in support with Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA), Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy on Friday hoped extensive use of information and communication technology (ICT) would take the small and medium enterprises of India to greater heights.
Mr. Palanisamy said the centre would help the knitwear industry of Tirupur to be innovative in adopting new techniques and strategies to improve productivity, reduce production costs.
Lauding Tirupur entrepreneurs for being in the forefront in the export business without much Government support, Mr. Palanisamy said Tirupur cluster was pioneering in taking the ICT to various segments of the industry at an affordable cost. He asked all the entrepreneurs to avail themselves the opportunity.
Mr. Palanisamy thanked Microsoft founder Bill Gates for extending the gesture to the small and medium enterprises in India. He said efforts would be made to use the technology in 50 other clusters across the State.
Rajeev Mittal, general manager of Microsoft India, said the project became a reality after an extensive study and work for 18 months. Terming the solutions as customised, fully localised and relevant to the industry, he said the Microsoft had learnt a lot during the period along with its technology partners including the Intel, Cisco and Hughes to find unique solution requirements of the industry at lesser expense. Mr. Mittal hoped that the initiative was aimed at reducing the digital divide besides empowering its partners and customers. The ERC would provide technical training, consulting services, business incubation services and knowledge sharing platforms to the SMEs to expand its business. TEA president A. Sakthivel hoped that the exports from Tirupur would cross Rs. 20,000 crore in 3 years by using the ‘affordable’ and essential technology. Through the initiative not only the exporters but all the section in the industry would enjoy benefits to improve efficiency.
M. Sahoo, joint secretary and chief of NMCC, Rajeev Ranjan, industries commissioner of Tamil Nadu and Radhakrishnan, vice-chancellor of Anna University, Coimbatore, lauded the effort by the TEA for investing on the technology for the benefit of the community.
Sanjay Kumar Gupta, chief executive officer of the TEA ERC explained salient features of the project. The members can use video-conferencing facility and exporters and their staff can get training at the centre.
The redesigned portal of the TEA would help everyone in the industry as it provides an opportunity to showcase their capacity and profiles of supplies.