CII-2005: Destination Gujarat

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CIT 2005, an initiative of CII Gujarat chapter opened on 4 February 2005 with

more than 1000 participants consisting of industry heads, government officials,

academicians and students rubbing shoulders with each other. Inaugurating the

event, Narendra Modi, CM of Gujarat said, "Gujarat has the best

infrastructure for IT not only in India, but in the whole of Asia. Gujarat

boasts of 50,000 Rkm of optical fiber network, the benefits of which are just

beginning to show." He assured the student community, present in large

numbers, that if IT were their preferred career choice, Gujarat would not

disappoint them in terms of opportunities and favorable atmosphere. This was

exemplified by the announcement of the Emerging ICT Enterprise Award, which was

given away to e-Infochips, based in Ahmedabad.


Giving the welcome address, Piruz Khambatta, chairman CII Gujarat Council,

lauded the Indian IT professionals for their outstanding contribution to the

industry across the globe.

JN Singh, secretary, department of science and technology, Gujarat, announced

that this was for the first time that the event is being telecast live to 40

engineering colleges, 1400 government offices and 12,000 nodes across Gujarat.

He said that Gujarat holds promise for firms like TCS, which are setting up

their base in Gujarat and Microsoft, which are expanding their presence here. He

also shared the e-gram model of e-governance.

A parallel session on e-governance was also held at the NID auditorium

exclusively for government officials on 4 February 2005. In the session, they

got the opportunity to interact with IT experts and industry heads about

e-governance, its advantages and problems and solutions, and also chart a

roadmap for the future. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the three-day

exhibition on 4 February 2005 where more than 70 exhibitors across the country

marketed their products, services, and expertise.



Mirwani from IDA Singapore shared the Singaporean experience of its journey to

becoming the most e-ready country in Asia. He shared with the participants the

key features and results of the e-governance National Plan of Singapore. The

Director-Public Sector of Microsoft Corp (India) Ltd, Mr Nandu Pradhan said that

in order to broaden the outreach of the IT industry, we need to work on the

issues of access in terms of good road connectivity, uninterrupted quality power

supply, and an affordable telecommunications infrastructure. On behalf of

Microsoft, he expressed continued commitment to investing in Gujarat.

Mr Kishore Chaukar, MD Tata Industries also stressed that in the present

scenario, IT coupled with telecommunications can deliver a substantial

improvement in the quality of life in India. IT is today's flow-systems

facilitator and we need trained manpower to cash in on its advantages. He also

said that the mindset of the people needs to change; entrepreneurship and

economy will prosper only when the system of endless permits goes.

Over the two days of conference a number of topics were discussed viz Trends

in Communication Technologies, Emerging Technologies fore Enterprise, Emerging

ICT Enterprises of Gujarat, ICT in Bio-informatics & Healthcare and

Technologies Beyond Tomorrow.