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Jul 24, 2009

Coimbatore software exports up


Coimbatore’s annual software exports have gone up to Rs. 360 crore from about Rs. 50 crore in 2004, according to Minister for Information Technology, Poongothai Aladi Aruna.

Inaugurating an Information Technology Learning and Research Centre at AJK College of Arts and Science here on Thursday, she said that India, especially Tamil Nadu, had managed to ride-over the recession.The country registered nearly 12 per cent growth in software exports last year and Tamil Nadu, about 29 per cent.

The Information Technology revolution in the country had put India on the global map. It showed the world that the country was capable of quality business. And, the strength of the country was human resource. “We have cost effective human talent,” she said.The country had a large number of English speaking students. However, as an industry, the information technology sector was yet to reach full potential.

Areas

There were several areas such as Business Process Outsourcing and E-governance, apart from software development. Technology advancements should be applied to Indian conditions. Thus, “there is still more to be accomplished,” she said.

Inaugurating the academic year 2009-2010 at the college, B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, chairman of the Coimbatore unit of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, said that the biggest strength of the country was the youth. Education would help harness this strength. What was important was the quality and content of education. Education was development of the human resource. He asked the students to realise that each one had the potential to achieve. One needed a shift in education that focused on human resource development than on just knowledge gathering.

R.S. Lal Mohan, trustee of the college, said India required skilled manpower in green technology.The youth had more responsibility and the IT centre opened at the college would equip them with the required exposure.Ajeet Kumar Lal Mohan, Secretary and Managing Trustee of the college, welcomed the gathering.

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