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Kalam to open Mysore IT.Com tomorrow

MYSORE DEC. 25. The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate "Mysore IT.Com 2002" here on Friday. Arrangements are being made for the event at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds.

The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, and the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, are among the dignitaries attending the inaugural function.

Addressing presspersons today, the President of Mysore IT Forum, Shivaram, said the most important event during the four-day mega expo would be the "CEOs' Conclave" in which Chief Executive Officers of various IT companies would participate in a videoconference with their counterparts in Mysore.

He said the President of TiE Silicon Valley, Kailash Joshi, the former partner of KPMG, Sridhar Iyengar, Vish Mishra of Clearstone Ventures, Bob Kondomoori of Charter Ventures, and Kumar Malavalli, founder of Brocade, would participate in the videoconference with the CEOs here.

He said the participants in Mysore included B.V. Jagadeesh of NetScaler, Sid Mukherjee of SPI, D. Sudhanva of ExcelSoft, V. Rama Subramaniam of Thinkgen, C. Ravi of Infosys, Padmanabhan of BSNL, M.N. Shivaram of STEP, the Chairman of MATF, R. Guru, M.H. Dhananjaya of JSS Mahavidyapeetha, the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chiranjiv Singh, the IT Secretary, Vivek Kulkarni, and the STPI Director, B.V. Naidu.

Prof. Shivaram said seminars and demonstrations on IT in healthcare, information technologies, and digital education would be organised on December 28. The main attraction would be a demonstration on telemedicine. The Minister for Higher Education, G. Parameshwara, would inaugurate this session. Mr. Vivek Kulkarni and the Chancellor of Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Centre, V.R. Venkatachalam, would participate in it.

To attract students and teachers, a technology-based seminar would be organised with the University of Mysore and e-Cosmos Technology jointly conducting it on the theme "Embedded and real time Linux". Smart commerce solutions, e-commerce and payment gateways, and quality paradigms in the IT industry would be discussed. Anurag Vij of Microsoft (India) would speak on recent technology trends in networking and security, he said.

With a focus on global opportunities for entrepreneurs of Mysore, a business track seminar would be held on December 29 with sessions on means of financing for start-ups and small businesses that would cover various financing models, including venture capital funding, and the legal processes.

Experts from leading BPO companies, including ICICI One Source, System Logic, and Merit Trac would participate, he said.

He said K.V. Prahalad Rao and G.L. Shekar of Board for IT Education Standards would speak on new dimension in e-learning.

Prof. Shivaram said the "Theme Pavilion" would be the interface between IT businesses and the common man. It would showcase IT applications that had made an impact on the common man. The applications to be showcased included mapping, satellite imagery, Geographic Information System (GIS), animation, 3-D modelling, walk through applications, BPO sector comprising a mock call centre, transcription services, digital printing products, telemedicine, smart commerce applications, technology enabled education, e-banking, and use of Sanskrit in computing applications.