Hyderabad: Telangana’s IT exports registered 17.93 per cent growth compared to the national average of 8.09 per cent for the year 2019-20. The State’s share in IT exports of the nation also increased from 10.61 per cent in 2018-19 to 11.58 per cent during 2019-20. Telangana grew at a rate of 7.2 per cent in terms of IT employment compared to the national average of 4.93 per cent.
Continuing the tradition of releasing the progress report of Telangana IT department for sixth consecutive year here on Saturday, IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao said the IT sector made tremendous progress in the State and recorded a higher growth rate than the national average in IT exports. The State attracted huge investments in the sector with Amazon opening its largest campus in the world at Hyderabad along with Micron Technology opening its largest research and development centre. The efforts of the IT department to develop IT sector in Tier-II cities also started bearing fruits with Tech Mahindra and Cyient opening their offices in Warangal.
“Even during the COVID-19 lockdown, the IT department performed exceptionally well and extended its support to other departments in matters related to patient tracing, home quarantine and volunteering among others. The department also partnered with others to provide multiple digital solutions during the current crisis,” the Minister said.
Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS) has been providing citizen services to over one lakh people per day through its Mee Seva centres. T-Folio mobile app has been downloaded by over seven lakh people and offering about 225 services by 32 different departments. Similarly, the TSTS also processed around 1.55 lakh tenders worth Rs 1.2 lakh crore and stood second in the country.
Telangana is all set to focus on eight key emerging technologies with the year 2020 being announced as the year of Artificial Intelligence in 2020, to make new strides in growth of IT sector in the State. With assets like T-Hub and T-Works in its kitty, the IT department will focus on other key emerging technologies including Blockchain, Cloud, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Robotics, 3D printing and Big Data.
As per the Annual Report 2019-20 of IT sector, the IT sector already commenced a first-of-its-kind medical drone delivery project in collaboration with C4IR and Apollo group of hospitals. In cyber security, the State aims to establish a robust cybersecurity ecosystem and had already signed an MoU with DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer to help train drone pilots.
With the presence of more than 250 electronics companies in Hyderabad which are employing around 1.15 lakh people, Telangana State accounts for six per cent of the national electronics goods production. In 2019, the State electronics sector received investment proposals worth Rs 7,377.84 crore, recording a growth rate of 87 per cent.
Major investments received include Rs 700 crore by Skyworth group and Rs 150 crore by Innolia Energy among others, even as existing companies like Micron scaling up itself from 700 employees to 2,000. It is also to be noted that One Plus proposed investment of Rs 1,000 crore in Hyderabad which will be the largest research and development centre outside China.
T-Hub which completed four years of operations, continues with programmes like T-Angel and the completion of the second batch of its Lab32 flagship incubation programme with a demo day with more than 30 corporates and 70 potential investors. T-Hub once again proved its mettle with respect to corporate innovation programmes by carrying out engagements with firms such as – UTC, Facebook, Boeing and others.
Similarly, T-Works partnered with relevant stakeholders to build an affordable mechanical ventilator during the COVID-19 crisis. It has also launched an IP facilitation cell to aid Startups, small and medium enterprises by providing easy access and understanding of IPR. A unique initiative was undertaken by Digital Media’s Telugu Wiki team with IIIT-Hyderabad to increase the articles on Telugu Wikipedia from one lakh to 30 lakh.
We Hub, India’s first exclusive facility for women entrepreneurs and innovators, continues to provide entrepreneurs with necessary skills, interventions, opportunities and support system. It premier incubation programme received over 223 applications for its second incubation programme and around 23 were selected.
IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao took up promotional activities for the State on international platforms like World Economic Forum (WEF) summit at Davos where its 50th annual meeting was held this year. The Minister participated in over 50 bilateral meetings and five panel discusss during the his meetings with head honchos of several corporations like – Roche, Amazon, Google, Salesforce, AB-InBev, Zerodha, Nestle, Rockwell, and Yara among others. The State bagged Rs 500 crore deal with Piramal Group as well as several other strategic investment deals.
Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS) has been providing citizen services to over one lakh people per day through its Mee Seva centres. T-App folio mobile app has been downloaded by over seven lakh people and offering about 225 services by 32 different departments. Similarly, the TSTS also processed around 1.55 lakh tenders worth Rs 1.2 lakh crore and stood second in the country in terms of e-transactions.
T-SAT, the Government satellite TV network, had broadcast 4,612 episodes of different programmes and crossed 3.86 lakh subscribers mark on YouTube. Its wide variety of programmes received 5.3 crore views with a watch time of 1.31 crore minutes. Further, Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) carried out the one-of-a-kind Telangana Innovation Yatra, a four-day 4,000 km journey across the State and also identified 50 innovative ideas.
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