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'India can become major IT force'

Infosys CEO KGopalakrishnan says India should channelise its global recognition to become an IT giant.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2008 08:17 PM IST

India was enjoying its moment in world's attention and should use the trend to the best of its capability to become a major IT force in the global IT industry, Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan said on Saturday.

Kerala, which had a quiet beginning in the IT field, had become one of the most sought-after IT destination in the country, he said delivering an address on IT Vision 2020 at the valedictory function of Kerala IT.Com 2008 at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram.

Indian IT industry worked on a few advantages like costs, demography, IT viable ecosystem and quick adoption to latest technology. The country could use these advantages for a few more years to change the dynamics of the industry.

"It is imperative that India takes the right steps to use this period to plan and get ready for real action," he said.

He wanted radical changes for development of IT industry in the country by building integrated townships to improve and provide comfortable lifestyle, better planning of cities to do away with cluster.

The number of graduates and their quality should be increased by grooming them to become global employees. Quality and quantity of research should be improved, he said.

Asking to reduce dependency in foreign companies, he said investments should be heavily made in domestic IT industry and promote homegrown successful companies like IBS, SunTec, Nest and US Technology and build an environment suitable for entrepreneurship.

Kerala Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Vijayakumar said the state government planned to make Thiruvananthapuram as the IT corridor of Kerala.

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