KARNATAKA

40,000 IT sector jobs to be created in Mysore in two years



Staff Correspondent

Investments of Rs. 2,000 crores cleared by single-window agency

Advantage MysoreSpecial economic zone to be set up in Srirangapatna Proximity to Bangalore gives it an advantage over other cities Software exports expected to cross Rs. 500 crores this year

MYSORE: The State Government has cleared investments worth Rs. 2,000 crores in Mysore, envisaging creation of jobs for 40,000 people in two years, Information Technology (IT) Secretary M.K. Shankarlinge Gowda said on Saturday.

He was here to participate in the inauguration of the "SPICity" IT complex project and a workshop on IT recruitment.

Inaugurating the construction of the first phase of SPICity, which will have two-lakh sq.ft of built-up area for 3,000 professionals when it is ready in 2009, Mr. Shankarlinge Gowda said the Government has cleared IT sector investments worth Rs. 2,000 crores for Mysore under the single-window agency.

"Several big names are coming to Mysore. Apart from companies in Bangalore which wish to expand, several MNCs (multinational corporations) are coming here," he said and added that Mysore is the next IT destination in the State.

Given its proximity to Bangalore, Mysore is easily the most preferred among second-tier cities in Karnataka which the Government is seeking to promote, he said.

A rival

However, he said Mangalore has exceeded Mysore in terms of software export software worth Rs. 700 crores has been exported from that city this financial year.

The figure may cross Rs. 1,000 crores next year, Mr. Shankaralinge Gowda said.

Software exports from Mysore are expected to cross the Rs. 500-crore mark in 2005-06, there is potential for exporting software worth Rs. 1,000 crores from Mysore, he said. The Government has decided to create a special economic zone for Mysore on 1,000 acres of land in Srirangapatna near here.

Mr. Shankarlinge Gowda said that at a meeting scheduled for Monday, 12 prospective investors will discuss with the Government the viability of investing in Mysore.

They include I-Flex and IBM, he said.

He emphasised the need for a change in the mindset of some sections of society in Mysore in favour of IT industries. "Along with heritage, we need more glass-and-chrome buildings that signify progress and development," he said in a reference to reservations among certain sections against the entry of IT companies into the city.

`A great city'

The best advantage that Mysore has in the IT sector is its proximity to Bangalore, Mr. Shankarlinge Gowda said. The pollution-free atmosphere and superior quality of living conditions give Mysore an edge. "A day will come when professionals will stay in Bangalore and work in Mysore, or vice-versa," he said.

Mr. Shankarlinge Gowda, who studied in Mysore, said the standard of education in institutions in the city is good, and investors are assured of quality manpower. It will not be difficult for graduates to find work if they are trained in IT, he added.