I am immensely proud to take over as CEO of IT Parks Kerala at a time when Kerala’s IT ecosystem is brimming with energy. Perhaps, this would be the golden era of State’s IT and electronics industry. Certainly, it is a great responsibility for me as the expectations would be sky high as well. First,
I am immensely proud to take over as CEO of IT Parks Kerala at a time when Kerala’s IT ecosystem is brimming with energy. Perhaps, this would be the golden era of State’s IT and electronics industry. Certainly, it is a great responsibility for me as the expectations would be sky high as well.
First, let me take this opportunity to congratulate Hrishikesh Nair, the former CEO, for the excellent work he has done during his six-year-long stint. With the support of the State Government and all other stakeholders, Kerala IT has scaled new heights under his inspiring leadership. Join me in wishing him all the very best in his future endeavours.
As I already mentioned, Kerala now has a vibrant IT industry. Many major companies, including Nissan have set up shop on the IT campuses of the State. Technopark has been accorded CRISIL A (stable) rating for the first time in the last 10 years of its existence. Kerala’s startup ecosystem is being hailed as the best in India. Under Kerala Startup Mission (KUSM), there are around 2200-plus startups, three lakh sq.ft. of incubation space and 200-plus innovation cells spread across the State. My primary focus would be to maintain this momentum and stay focussed on the State Government’s larger vision of laying its developmental thrust on knowledge-based industries.
Moreover, the State Government has already announced its plan to expand space in IT Parks across Kerala to 2.3 crore sq. ft. in a bid to facilitate the creation of 2.5 lakh direct jobs. Today, we have greater demand for space in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Besides, it’s important to attract big IT companies to invest in Kerala. Considering this, my efforts would also be channelised to find additional space and accommodate companies, both large and small, on the IT campuses as quickly as possible.
Again, for the existing companies, I will continue to be a facilitator and do my best to maintain an ecosystem which would encourage a productive work culture. I sincerely seek the support of all stakeholders, particularly members of the GTech (Group of Technology Companies) towards achieving this goal.
While on this, let me congratulate Allianz Services India (ACIS), which has emerged as one among the ‘Most Admired’ Shared Services Organisations (SSOs) in the world. It is really encouraging to note that Allianz Technology India has also announced its willingness to collaborate with the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in a bid to support its Blockchain startups.
Wish you all a Happy Diwali!