Karnataka IT Minister Priyank\u00a0 Kharge today said the enormity of IT job losses is yet to be\u00a0 assessed even as media reports suggested huge job losses in\u00a0 the sector. "Media reports have suggested there were huge job\u00a0losses in the IT sector, but the enormity of such job losses is\u00a0yet to be assessed," he said in the Legislative Council here. Kharge was replying to a query pertaining to IT job losses raised by BJP member Capt. Ganesh Karnik during question\u00a0hour. Giving figures of IT job creation in the last three years\u00a0in Karnataka, Kharge said there was a dip from 61,500 in\u00a02014-15 to 49,500 jobs in 2015-16, but it increased by 3,000 to\u00a052,500 in 2016-17. Asked what steps had been taken by the government to\u00a0 update technological skills of graduating engineers in the\u00a0 wake of usage of new technologies, including automation and\u00a0 robotics, Kharge said he has discussed the issue with NASSCOM\u00a0 members. "To address various issues dogging the IT industry, we held a meeting with Nasscom members.They stressed the need for implementing schemes to update skills of graduating engineers," he said. Moreover, government also had launched I-4, KESDM and\u00a0 Startup policies to give a boost to the IT sector to create more\u00a0jobs, Kharge said, adding that these schemes would provide\u00a0various sops to youth wanting to open startups. Kharge said state-run KEONICS has opened 254 training\u00a0 centres to enhance skills of the youth and had trained 25,100\u00a0 youth in the last academic year. The government also opened Centres of Excellence in\u00a0 Aerospace, data science, artificial intelligence, robotics and\u00a0cyber security, he added. Watch: [jwplayer GoMM56DZ] Government also had created a corpus of over Rs 340\u00a0 crores in the current budget for the purpose. It had also launched 'Yuva Yuga' scheme to train youth\u00a0in other industrial sectors and had provided industrial\u00a0 training to 1.10 lakh youth, the minister said. According to NASSCOM, IT exports from Karnataka was to\u00a0 the tune of about Rs 2.20 lakh crore in 2015-16 and direct\u00a0 employment in the sector was around 10 lakh people.