The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) will launch 12 more Centres of Excellence (CoE) across the country, creating more IT jobs.
AIC STPINEXT, a CoE in health tech, big data and Artificial Intelligence, will come up at Bengaluru while CoE in agriculture will be launched at Akola.
A CoE in Efficiency Augmentation at Bengaluru, FinTech CoE at Gandhinagar, SmartAgri IoT CoE at Patna, a CoE in Emerging Tech at Bhubaneswar and CoE in Industry 4.0 Technology at Visakhapatnam will also come up.
Five CoEs will come up in north-east, one each in 5 north-east capital cities — Gangtok (IT Applications in Healthcare and AgriTech), Itanagar (GIS Applications including Drone Tech), Kohima (IT Applications in Graphic Design), Aizawl (Gaming), Agartala (Data Analytics).
STPI earlier launched 13 CoEs at Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Mohali, Bengaluru, Pune, New Delhi, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Shillong, Imphal and Lucknow.
“CoEs will play a pivotal role in revving up R&D, innovation, IP creation, and product development, making India a product nation in times to come,” STPI Director General Omkar Rai said.
STPI, which started its journey from three centres, has 60 centres pan India with 52 centres in tier-II and tier-III cites. Today the $ 194 billion IT industry comprising around 18,000-plus firms directly employ 4.47 million strong workforce.
Under STPI’s BPO Promotion Scheme, at present 247 BPO/ITES units are operational in 102 cities with reported direct employment of 41,628 people, with highest employment generation reported in Andhra Pradesh (10,673). IT/ITES/EDSM export has grown from Rs 526.69 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 836.42 crore in 2020-21 from Andhra Pradesh.