Gujarat Invites IT Majors To Set Up BPO Operations

Ahmedabad | Updated: Aug 19 2004, 05:30am hrs
The Gujarat government has initiated discussions with IT companies like MphasiS, IBM, Dell Computers, Satyam Computers and HCL Infosystems to invest in IT enabled services (ITES) sector in Gujarat.

The state IT department has identified Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar for potential investment by these companies and has asked Gujarat Informatics Limited (GIL), a nodal agency, to initiate discussions with the IT giants.

Speaking to FE, GIL managing director Anil Mukim informed that e-governance and business process outsourcing (BPO) are the primary areas in the ITES sector which have the potential to attract investment besides the existing hardware, software, networking and animation sectors.

However, no final decision has been taken with regard to investment in the ITES sector in Gujarat.

The state government is in the process of formulating an IT policy to be announced next month.

The nodal agencies dealing with the ITES sector have submitted the draft policy to the government that will primarily focus on promotion of e-governance and BPO sector in Gujarat, confirmed a senior official of the state IT department.

Nodal agencies have been promoting rural e-governance projects in Gujarat that focus on connecting state government organisations to districts and villages in Gujarat. The technology focusses on dissemination of information through the Wide Area Network (WAN) set up by the state government.

Mr Mukim said, We are also focussing on educational institutes which can be set up by these IT giants to provide skilled manpower in the related ITES sector.

Industry giants like Wipro and Infosys have already agreed to set up operations in the state.

Regarding self-financed educational institutions in the Gujarat, Mr Mukim said, The state has enough talent pool that can cater to the needs of the ITES sector in Gujarat and educational institutions like Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) have pioneered in providing IT education in Gujarat.

Mr Mukim added that private sector participation in the IT sector would help Gujarat to be at par with other states in the country.

The IT policy is likely to feature sufficient incentives to private sector players in the country who are keen to ivest in the state, he added.