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Nasscom Wants More Training Centers for Indian IT


The trade body, which represents India's IT-BPO industry, has recommended locations in the country that it believes will attract better faculty

In line with the government's intent to set up 20 additional Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) across the country in the 11 Five Year Plan, NASSCOM, the trade body representing the Indian IT-BPO industry, has recommended locations including Jammu, Dehra Dun, Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Patna, Shillong and Kolkata, for setting up of the new institutes of excellence.

In a Detailed Project Report (DRP) presented to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for establishment of the new IIIT in India, Nasscom has suggested that the government should focus on locations that will attract good faculty which is a bigger challenge that attracting students. "Students will travel anywhere but in order to convenience faculty to offer their services or attract good visiting faculty, the locations have to be well connected with a decent level of hard and soft infrastructure," said Nasscom Vice President Rajdeep Sahrawat.

This Model DPR will serve as a template for the preparation of the DPR for each individual IIIT. The other locations suggested by Nasscom are Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Vishakapatanam, Pune, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram. The proposed locations have also been selected around industry clusters to provide an environment conducive for research excellence and for easy assimilation of the students who pass out of the new IIITs.

The IIITs are proposed to be set up as fully autonomous institutions, through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The partners in setting up the IIITs would be MHRD, Governments of the respective states where each IIIT will be established, and industry members.

"Typically, we have suggested a debt-equity model where the industry and the state or central government together will contribute about 30 per cent of the project cost as equity and the rest will be raised through loan," added Sahrawat.

"The model for the new IIIT's proposed in the DPR focuses on both academic and research excellence through innovative governance and operational approaches and a strong and sustained participation from the IT industry. However achieving this will not be easy and it is important that each institute is supported, especially in the initial years and is also allowed complete autonomy to define its roadmap and implement it.

The IIIT initiative of the Government is a welcome initiative and the IT industry is very keen to work with the Government and other stakeholders to realize the objectives of this initiative. We strongly believe that this will not only benefit the IT industry but will also have a cascade effect on other sectors of the Indian economy. We are also thankful to MHRD for giving us the opportunity to prepare the Model Detailed Project Report (DPR) for this nationally important initiative", according to Nasscom President Som Mittal.


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