IT will remain critical change agent, says NASSCOM

Information technology will remain the critical change agent for this country and its people going forward, according to Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman of the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and chairman of the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT).

Delivering the 20th Dr Yelavarthy Nayudamma Memorial Oration at Tenali in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday, Pawar said that IT was indeed a panacea for the country’s economic ills.

“IT will enable the fruits of the country’s development to reach those at the bottom of the pyramid, and bring them into the mainstream. The role of the IT sector in India’s development going forward is expected to be even bigger in the 21st century.”

Pawar said that the IT sector had helped bridge the gender divide by hiring more women and providing them with equal career opportunities as men. At the same time, the industry had generated employment for the economically backward and the differently-abled.

“Overall, India’s IT-BPO companies have emerged as global multinationals, and at the end of 2011 were estimated to have a footprint extending across 70 countries, and 560 delivery centres. Government of India’s National e-governance Plan (NeGP), provides a framework of IT infrastructure development, under which this vision will take shape and ensure that IT reaches and benefits the unreached,” Pawar explained.

NASSCOM is acting like a bridge between the industry and the Government, enabling its member companies to participate in key initiatives being unveiled by the policy makers, including the UID project.

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