Kerala IT Policy 2017 Framework document envisages making Kerala Knowledge economy
The draft IT Policy-2017 framework announced by the Kerala Government aims to create 10 million square feet of office space to provide employment directly or indirectly to 2.5 lakh people in the coming years.
The policy presented by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the Kerala Legislative Assembly outlined the state’s vision to become a Knowledge Powered Digital economy by 2020. The State plans to tap the resources of NRI diaspora for achieving this objective. The document emphasis on giving importance to technology development, research and start-ups.
The draft framework document says that the development of IT Industry is one of the key factors in helping the state move into a knowledge economy and facilitating faster technology adoption. There needs to be sufficient thrust to project the state as an ideal location for the industry, given its advantages of healthy environment, better law and order situation, lower cost of living and operations etc. Government shall focus on creating enough jobs that suits the highly educated and skilled manpower of the state by adopting bi-directional approach working with the Technical University and the Colleges to ensure that they develop key competencies in their students as per the industry needs by devising a curriculum incorporating industry recommendations.
The Government will restructure the whole IT wing of the Kerala with the Secretary IT spearheading the expected IT revolution. The aim of the Government is to generate projects which will mould Kerala into a knowledge based economy. To ensure this, all the Government owned IT Parks namely, Technopark, Infopark and Cyberpark would be brought under single umbrella “Kerala IT” and major marketing initiatives would be undertaken to bring investors to the State. The State will also encourage setting up of Private IT Parks to attract investment. KSTIM will play a decisive role in e-Governance and citizen centric services dovetailing innovative ideas and vibrant start-up eco-system.
ICT Academy, IIITM-K, ICFOSS, KSUM all will work together for human capacity building and KSITI will create world class infrastructure.
The government for the first time is coming up with sub-policy statements to discuss in detail eight focus areas including e-governance, Industry facilitation, digital inclusion, FOSS, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, digital capacity building, digital procurement, digital security & disaster recovery. The proposed sub-policies will be updated every year to ensure refining of the policy framework on the basis of the fast changing scenario in technology and its applications. The Industry facilitation policy will take into account the tax structure, Single Window clearance, Incentives/promotion packages and SME assistances.
The draft document also stresses importance in hardware manufacturing and rejuvenating Keltron, the first State Electronics Development Corporation and giving impetus to research, development and innovation.
Government will provide free Wi-Fl in public places & lOT enabling and will provide free mobile internet access to underprivileged families.
An IT Expo will be conducted in Kerala in 2017 highlighting Smart facilities, Health care and Mobility. Grand Innovation challenge for upcoming start-up ideas will be held and winner shall be provided sufficient funding and other support for commercialisation.