IT has enabled India's rapid growth, say experts

IT has enabled India's rapid growth, say experts Day 2: Heralding change in aspirations of young India

IT has enabled India's rapid growth, say experts

(L to R) NASSCOM Chairman Harsh Manglik, Deccan Charters Ltd CMD Capt G R Gopinath, Clsco System President, of Globalisation Anil Menon and HTIA Israel Chairman Aaron Mankovski shake hands at the Vision 2020 leadership series at the Bangalore IT. BIZ on Friday. DH Photo

Speaking at ‘Vision 2020 Leadership Series’, Nasscom Chairman Harsh Manglik said, “Information technology has helped Indian society to change our mindset. IT can be used as a transformational device.”

Further he said that India’s growth is not limited to the IT sector. The Indian IT industry is acting as a template for other industries who are also adopting the global model followed by the IT industry in the country for growth.

The leadership series also noted that the perception of India is changing. The Information Technology industry provides 45 per cent incremental jobs both directly and indirectly. Though the sector is booming, industry veterans expressed their concern on the availability of skilled workforce.

India, once considered as a low cost destination, is transforming into a provider of high-end jobs. As a result, talent is the one of major challenges the industry has to tackle. “Perception of the Indian youth is changing and also the level of aspiration in them,” Manglik said. Sharing his vision of India in 2020, Captain G R Gopinath said, “The success story will happen only if we have high aspirations. The younger generation should have confidence in their work without arrogance.”

“In India, low cost is the success mantra. Low cost is not something to be ashamed about. It means innovation, affordability and inclusion,” he said. Another topic which dominated centre stage on the second day of the event was taking the advantages of ‘IT at the bottom of the pyramid’— taking IT to the rural masses of the country.

Expressing his views on this, Nasscom Mentor Bangalore Anal Jain said, “Infrastructure is the main hiccup faced by India in its journey towards glory. Our policies like rural road programme, wireless broadband, various e-governance initiatives and financial inclusion will act as catalysts in our growth.”

Speakers also said that IT can help in breaking the barriers between the rich and the poor, rural and urban, developed and developing society. Speaking of the potential of ICT in the rural markets, CoOptions Technologies CEO Sudhakar Varanasi said, “Our services have reached 5500 villages and 20 lakh farmers. Our target is to reach 60 lakh farmers in 18 months.”

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