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IT Community on a Humanitarian Mission

As I am penning this, the people of Kerala are enduring unprecedented misery. The worst flooding that the State witnessed in a century, triggered by heavy monsoon rains, has caused the lives of lakhs of people to go haywire. It is time for us to stand together and help the victims to bring back their

As I am penning this, the people of Kerala are enduring unprecedented misery. The worst flooding that the State witnessed in a century, triggered by heavy monsoon rains, has caused the lives of lakhs of people to go haywire. It is time for us to stand together and help the victims to bring back their lives to normal. The way in which Keralites have responded to the disaster is truly incredible. Abandoning their plans for this year’s Onam celebrations, the citizens of unaffected regions have risen to the occasion by donating goods for those who have been sheltered at rehabilitation centres all over the State.

Under various socio-cultural forums, techies are also doing their bit to help the people overcome the crisis. Fifty eight vehicles, including 22 trucks, carrying essential goods to the relief camps have already been sent from Technopark. More help is on the way. Group of Technology Companies (GTech) has sent a total of 78 truck loads of materials, worth Rs. 5 crore to various relief camps. GTech has also announced a contribution of Rs. 25 crore to the Government over the next 12 months. I salute all those who made this humanitarian effort possible. I also request all of you to contribute generously to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).

While on this, let me also take you through some of the important developments in the Kerala IT sector which transpired earlier this month. Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL), a 100-per cent subsidiary of Tata Sons, has expressed its interest to collaborate with Technopark at our Technocity project. K Zachariah George, Project Head, TRIL visited Technopark and had a detailed discussion with me in this regard.

Tech Mahindra, the Indian multinational IT Solutions and Services provider, is all set to start operations from Technopark. We have released the allotment letter for a 200-seater facility for the company at Ganga Tower in Technopark Phase 3. Palani Velu, General Manager (Infrastructure – Corporate Services), Tech Mahindra received the letter for the 12,000-sq. ft. IT space.

Meanwhile, US Consul General Robert Burgess visited Technopark and had an interactive session with 20 CEOs of companies who do trade with the US. A senior delegation from Airbus BizLab also visited Technopark and held discussions for possible collaboration with Kerala IT sector on Space Technology. On July 28, we celebrated the 29th Formation Day of Technopark. The Park Centre team had an interactive session with G Vijayaraghavan, the Founder-CEO of Technopark, on the occasion.

 

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