Naidu chants innovation mantra; to focus on electronics, IT

Andhra Pradesh Government would focus on electronics and IT industry in the next few years as it aims to create jobs for five lakh people, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Thursday.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014, 00:58 AM IST

 Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Government would focus on electronics and IT industry in the next few years as it aims to create jobs for five lakh people, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Thursday.

The State is working towards formulating new policies for IT, electronics and innovation to meet different needs in technology sector, he said, speaking at convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) here.

"The new IT policy would emphasise on the need for mega infrastructure, quality human resources and good governance," a release from the Advisor (Communications) to AP Government quoted him as saying at the function.

He said start-ups will get a major boost in the upcoming innovation policy. Focus would also be on companies using SMAC (social media, mobile, analytics and cloud and IOT (Internet of Things) technologies.

He said society must be driven by innovation. "A small city like Tel Aviv (in Israel) stands second only to Silicon Valley in degree of innovation. We, too, can create innovation -driven cities given the abundant talent and entrepreneurship we have in AP."

Naidu said his vision is to develop Andhra Pradesh into a knowledge society of a global repute, with a focus on enhancing the quality of life of its citizens through high- quality education and incorporating technology.

The Government would support setting up of premier IT institutes in AP in partnership with top firms and foreign varsities. It would focus on fabless semi-conductor industry, manufacturing of electronic goods and components, he said.

In an effort to give impetus to technical education, colleges with under-graduate courses in software, electronics and computer science should make internship mandatory in final year of the course, the Chief Minister maintained.

He advised students to not only focus on classroom teaching but also develop skills to come up with innovations. "If students focus on skill development, India can rise to global standards and stay on par with China and the USA."

Comparing India's skill sets with China, the CM said the neighbouring country has grown into a manufacturing hub. India, too, has talent and human resources to reach that spot.

Students should not only look for jobs but also create jobs for others. Given the increasing use of Internet in India, there is a need to make technology available even to the poorest of the people.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar

was also present at the interaction during which Naidu released a booklet "Tidings of a new beginning" on the recently concluded Budget session of Parliament, the first after Narendra Modi government came to power.

Naidu justified the appointment of former Chief Justice P Sathashivam as Kerala Governor.

"Some people are suffering from selective amnesia. A former Chief Justice was made a member of the Rajya Sabha.... No eyebrows were raised.... I don't think there are any objections from anybody especially political parties.... Which have done it earlier. Opposition is also divided," he said in an apparent reference to the late Justice Rangnath Misra who was made as member of the Upper House by Congress some two decades back.