India is not afraid of competition in the IT field from countries like China and is now moving into more sophisticated Research and Development areas, Minister for Communications and IT Dayanidhi Maran has said.
"We are not afraid of challenges from countries like China. The pie is too big," he said at an interactive session with representatives of IT Industries in the UK at the India House in London on Friday night.
Noting that IT services were not the monopoly of India, Maran said "we are going into more sophisticated R and D areas."
He said a number of leading global IT companies had set up their Research and Development units in India and the IT industry as a whole had registered a 30 per cent growth last year.
Replying to questions, Maran said while Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, was struggling to cope up with the rapid growth, other cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Noida, and those in Haryana, Punjab and West Bengal were picking up.
The Minister said the Government planned to focus on E-governance in the country. "We are trying for a common system ready by 2007."
Indian High Commissioner Kamalesh Sharma suggested that there should be an award for States taking initiative in E-governance.