IT exports from State put at Rs. 18,100 crores

BANGALORE, JUNE 1. The State has maintained its position as the leading information technology (IT) destination in the country, key Government officials said.

They told presspersons here today that Karnataka led other States in IT services exports and as a destination for investments from technology firms.

K.M. Shivakumar, IT Secretary, said business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in the State recorded a 126 per cent increase in earnings during 2003-04. The State was planning a "train the trainers" programme to help teachers enable college students to get jobs in BPO firms.

B.V. Naidu, Director of the Software Technology Parks of India, said while the figures for total IT services exports from India were yet to be released, "Karnataka has a 36 per cent share in India's software exports, which is much higher than that of any other State." J. Parthasarathy, Additional Director of STPI, said that the State's IT exports for the last financial year were put at Rs. 18,100 crore, a 46 per cent increase over that in 2002-03