Thiruvananthapuram: Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, has launched Kerala Government's ambitious Technocity project, coming up on a 400-acre campus at Pallippuram here. The project is aimed at fostering emerging and high-end technologies and research and development in this regard. The President laid the foundation stone for the first government IT building on the campus by unveiling a plaque in the presence of P Sathasivam, Governor, Kerala; Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, Kerala; Kadakampally Surendran, Tourism Minister and other top Government officials.
Kovind said the future of the country's economy and employment creation depends heavily on the success the nation achieves with Digital India. He said the jobs of tomorrow would come more and more from digital services and other opportunities that were derived from the internet. The President also said that Kerala, with its inherent resources and strength, was a potential powerhouse of Digital India. "It is India's most connective state with the highest level of mobile phone penetration," Kovind added. The President praised Kerala's achievements in health, education, tourism and IT sectors. Noting that Kerala's IT sector has been growing, he said the State Government is taking steps to bridge the digital gap by providing free Internet.
Chief Minister Vijayan said the new government IT building was planned to be commissioned in 2019 and that it is expected to generate an additional one lakh jobs. The upcoming Technocity would lay thrust on cognitive analysis, artificial intelligence, mobile technology, space analysis and so on, which would differentiate the IT park from other conventional ones, he said.
Technocity will unfold as an integrated IT township with IT/IT Enabled Services (ITeS), office spaces, commercial spaces and educational institutions. The mammoth project will also include a dedicated 'Knowledge City', envisaged as a 'Centre of Excellence' in future technologies. Once Technocity is operational, an additional 1,00,000 employment opportunities from leading and upcoming IT companies are expected to be generated in the state. The first IT building coming up at Technocity will be a signature building with a built-up area of 2,00,000 square feet, expected to be operational by 2019.
Among the first firms to start work on the new premises is Tata Consultancy Services, which has begun work on its campus on 97 acres land. Other organisations such as SunTec, IIITM-K and KASE have already taken land for developing their respective campuses.