Hyderabad: As part of the celebration of the third anniversary of Telangana State Formation Day and to recognise the exemplary work done by different companies and individuals in the field of information technology and IT enabled services, the department of IT, Electronics and Communication gave away 21 awards in categories ranging from employment, revenue and exports growth; special services; tier-2 promotions; startups and outstanding achievement award. The awards were presented by IT Minister KT Rama Rao.
In addition, a committee from different strata of the IT industry was constituted for nominating and choosing the awardees which included experts as well as youngsters from the field.
The entrepreneur of the year award was given to Parthasarathy, Chairman Karvy. He is one of the pioneers of the IT sector in Hyderabad and has been instrumental in providing employments of thousands of people in the city.
The first category was growth in terms of employment, revenue and exports. Microsoft bagged the best in revenue and exports among product companies, Tech Mahindra was awarded the best in revenue services company, Virinchi won the best in revenue among SME, Oracle was awarded the best employment among product companies, Infosys bagged the award for best in exports among service companies and Deloitte won the best in employment among service companies.
The second category was special services award. Bharani Aroll, Secretary, Society for Cyberabad Security Council bagged the award for his work in ensuring women’s security and safety in the IT corridor by providing SHE shuttles and other services.
Synchrony Financial was awarded for promoting inclusiveness of differently abled people in the workforce – the company has about 72 differently abled employees on-board. Ranga Pothula, President Hysea and Centre Head Infor bagged the award for his outstanding contributions to green IT initiatives and Haritha Haram. Ramesh Loganathan, Professor IIIT-Hyderabad who has been working closely with Hyderabad startups and is the founder of Headstart Hyderabad was awarded for championing the cause of startups. Lastly, the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) was awarded for adopting villages for digital literacy under its Digithon initiatives.
The third category of awards was for the promotion of tier-2 cities as the new IT hubs. EClat Health Solutions, Telekha, Vonkdoth Solutions and Cyient were awarded for establishing their rural technology centre in Karimnagar, Huzurabad, Jangoan and Warangal respectively. In addition, Kakatiya Hub was also awarded for setting up a rural incubation centre in Nizamabad – this will provide impetus to startup working out of that district.
The fourth category of awards was for startups. The best innovative idea award was bagged by Srujana Innovation Centre, while Khyeti bagged the best sustainable startup. T-Hub startups Paymatrix and Hug Innovation won the best women-led startup and best hardware startup award respectively.