Hubli needs modern facilities to attract IT giants: NRN

Hubli, which has long been trying to attract the Information Technology (IT) sector, has been told that companies will come only if the city can offer facilities like an airport with good connectivity to major metropolitan areas, five-star hotels, enough seats in good English-medium schools for the children of software professionals, and sufficient job opportunities for their spouses.

The statement was made by Infosys chairman emeritus, N R Narayana Murthy, while speaking to reporters here on Tuesday. Murthy explained that Hubli has the potential to achieve industrial development and described the city as being the best place for entrepreneurial ventures in domestic market.

“Hubli has good infrastructure, good educational institutes, a good talent pool, and comparatively cheaper real estate, and the government also wants to develop this region,” he said. “If the government, budding entrepreneurs, NGOs, citizens and other stakeholders of development work together, this region could create a lot of job opportunities, and Hubli would take off then.”

In comparison to previous years, the entrepreneurial development of Hubli has a greater potential now. Events like TiECON and the Development Dialogue offer value addition for budding entrepreneurs here, he added.

Novel into film

In another event in the City, the Kannada novel ‘Runa’, written by Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy, is set to be adapted into Marathi, under the title of ‘Pitruruna.’ Nitish Bharadhwaj is to direct the film.

Sudha Murthy told reporters here on Tuesday that a Kannada film based on one of her novels is also being planned, with T S Nagabharana as director. She added that she has no time to act in the film because of other commitments.

“Software in Kannada will be developed if there is a good enough demand for them, and the government should also take initiative in this regard,” she said and added that she writes Kannada on paper, while using the computer to type in English.

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