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The Government Order (GO) giving the green light to the ambitious digital hub project of Japanese automotive major Nissan Motor Corporation has been issued. Yes, Thiruvananthapuram is thus finding a place on the global map featuring next generation automobile technology centres. The digital hub will function as the nerve centre of the automobile giant’s research

The Government Order (GO) giving the green light to the ambitious digital hub project of Japanese automotive major Nissan Motor Corporation has been issued. Yes, Thiruvananthapuram is thus finding a place on the global map featuring next generation automobile technology centres. The digital hub will function as the nerve centre of the automobile giant’s research in electric and automated vehicles. The State Cabinet has decided to lease out 30 acres for the project on Technocity campus. In the meantime, we have allotted 25,000-sq.ft. space at Yamuna building on Technopark phase III campus for the company to commence its operations. The facility will see around 3000 professionals, mostly experts in high-end technologies, being employed within the next three years.

In another development, M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT and I met Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and discussed about the company’s developmental plans on the land allocated to it at Technocity. The company had to slowdown its plans to set up its Global Learning Academy owing to revolutionary changes that have happened in the business ecosystem across the globe. However, Government of Kerala’s timely shift to position the capital as a Knowledge City playing host to futuristic technologies is yielding results. We are being told that TCS has engaged a high-level delegation led by the company’s CTO to do a dipstick assessment of the potential for this strategic investment.

While on this, I am happy to inform you all that the Technocity campus became the first in the State to get a digitized sub-station. The ‘main receiving sub-station’ with a capacity of 40MVA (mega volt amp) set up by the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd. uses fibre optic cables to transmit digital signals to the control room. The use of digital technology will help do away with manual labour, including meter reading. The works pertaining to water supply and construction of roads have also entered the final phase.

And, of course, adding further momentum to the growth of Kerala’s IT ecosystem, Sweden-based Truecaller acquired Chillr, a homegrown payments app to strengthen its payments services. As rightly mentioned by Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister, in his congratulatory note to Alan Mamedi, the CEO and Co-founder of Truecaller, the acquisition is a testimony to the talent ecosystem and capability of graduates from Kerala.

Finally, I salute Tejus, the blood donors’ forum at Technopark, for organising a mega blood donation camp on World Blood Donor Day at the campus. I am proud to be a donor alongside K Vasuki IAS, District Collector.

Blood connects us all!

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