Representatives of the industry have formed a committee to suggest ways to develop IT (information technology) sector in Mangalore.

Addressing presspersons after holding the first meeting of the committee, Mohammed Ameen, president of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the committee has set a vision for 2020.

The committee envisages creating 50,000 jobs in IT sector in Mangalore by 2020. As of now, IT industry in Mangalore provides employment to 10,000 people.

The current revenue from IT sector is around Rs 1800 crore a year. The vision is to take it to Rs 20,000 crore by 2020.

The target is to empower at least 100 start-ups in IT sector in Mangalore region by 2020, Ameen said.

The committee will come out with a detailed report on development of IT sector in Mangalore in a month, he said.

To a query on the delay in the development of IT sector in Mangalore, U. Ramdas Kamath, senior vice-president of Infosys Ltd and mentor of the committee, said that the region lacks infrastructure and IT park. Added to this, there no support from the government departments for the development of IT sector in Mangalore, he said.

The committee will find out deficiencies in each segment and suggest solutions for them. T.V. Mohandas Pai, former Infosys director, was present on the occasion.

(This article was published on February 5, 2013)
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