Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala IT’s most prestigious dream of a satellite IT City– Technocity in Thiruvananthapuram –was announced a few years ago. On October 27, Government of Kerala will see the realisation of this ambitious dream when the foundation stone for the first government IT building in Technocity will be laid by President of India Ram Nath Kovind. With the take-off of Technocity, Kerala’s capital will emerge as a hub for emerging technologies in the country.
“Today,Technopark’s Phase 1, 2 and 3 collectively employ over 100,000 IT Professionals. Once Technocity is operational, we foresee additional 100,000 employment opportunities from leading and upcoming IT companies in Kerala, especially in the areas of futuristic technologies. Technocity is a very important milestone for Kerala IT to strengthen its presence on the IT map of the world and the Kerala Government will facilitate all measures to ensure this,” said M Sivasankar, IAS, IT Secretary, Kerala.
The first IT building coming up at Technocity will be a signature building with a built-up area of 200,000sq.ftwith four floors. It is expected to be operational by 2019 and will accommodate the demand for more office space from large number of SMEs located in Technopark to expand operations.
The government has completed the acquisition of the 400 acres required for Technocity project at Mangalapuram. One portion of the project (300 acres) has been set aside for IT and IT-enabled services and the remaining 100 acres will be dedicated to set up a Knowledge City. This is envisaged as ‘Centre of Excellence’ (CoE) for future technologies like Cognitive Analytics,IoT, Cybersecurity, Block Chain, e-Mobility and Space Science.
“By setting up centres of excellence to promote research and development, we hope to gain an early lead in emerging technologies and become a major hub in this area with focus on technology-based products. We are on the lookout for an academic partner for the Knowledge City to promote new technologies and to facilitate business collaborations for startups,” said Hrishikesh Nair, CEO,Kerala IT Parks. Leading IT organisations such as TCS, SunTec, IIITM-K and KASE have already taken land for development at Technocity.