Tajikistan takes an IT leaf out of Kerala Technopark

Written by M Sarita Varma | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: Mar 5 2009, 06:23am hrs
Tajikistan, a former Soviet province, is taking a peek into South Indian State Kerala for more than traces of left camadarie. Technopark in Kerala Capital has caught the fancy of a high-level 11-member policymakers' delegation from the Asian country.

"We are in India for eight days," says Olim Salimov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs, Social Affairs and Information. "India's IT park experience - as in Technopark- could be made use in Tajikistan to replicate similar It parks," he told FE.

Tajikistan, smallest nation in Central Asia, has one fifth of the population of the Left-run Kerala. Since about half Tajikistan's population fall under-18 in age, there is enormous fascination over using IT economy as its growth engine. "At Technopark, we want to get an insight into the Indian IT industry and to understand how technologies from India benefit other developing countries," Salimov said.

Like the South Indian State, Tajikistan enjoys high female-male ratio and literacy rates hovering above 95%.

Led by Salimov, the delegation includes other dignitaries like Solijonov Nodirjon, Member of Commission on Control of Instruction and Organisation of Works, Hakimova Khaticha Fathulloevna, Member of Committee on Constitution, Legalisation, and Human Rights, Hisoriev Mahmadamin Isamatovich, Member of Committee on Science Education and Youth Policy; Okhunov Inomjon Nurmatovich, Member of Committee on State Sectors and Local Management, Salimov Abdujalol, Depty Chairman of the Committee of Energy, Industry Construction and Communication, Uzokova Zulfiya Anvarovna, Member of Committee on Constitution, Legalization and Human Rights, Bobokalonov Abdujalil, Member of Committee for Family Health and Ecology, Sadriddinov Badriddin Talbakovich, Member of Committee on Agriculture and Social Affairs, Kasim Mukhtarov, Advisor to the Committee of International Affairs and Yulia Berezka, interpreter.

Besides TCS campus, the Tajikistan team visited the studio of Toonz Animation. "Similar IT Parks would be fruitful in our country too," Berezka, the interpreter, said. The delegation, according to M Vasudevan, Business Development Manager, Technopark, seemed enthused by the potential of IT-led development.