E - Revolution 2005
A Two-day mega conclave on IT

Sunday, July 17, 2005

IT should not be limited to seminars alone: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, July 16
Less than 24 hours after the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh promised to pump in Rs 200 crore for developing Mohali as an IT destination, the state Governor-cum-UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues, today said Chandigarh already had enough to offer to the Information Technology giants. Other speakers insisted that the government should encourage local entrepreneurs and adopt steps for taking IT to the man on the street.

Punjab, UT Haryana to tie up for IT ventures
Chandigarh, July 16
In an important development, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have decided to set up a coordination committee to woo investment in the information technology sector and iron out irritants in the official work related to the sector.

City offers congenial environment for IT growth
Chandigarh, July 16
The Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai, said today that the city and its neighbouring satellite towns of Panchkula and Mohali offer a congenial environment for study and research which could benefit the IT industry.

Haryana dismisses ‘lack of visibility’ at IT Conclave
Chandigarh, July 16
It was Punjab followed by Chandigarh all the way at the three-day ”e-Revolution 2005”. All through the mega event, Haryana was conspicuous by its absence. Whether the state was basking in the glory of Gurgaon’s Rs 7,300-crore business or it was plain lack of interest was not clear, but marketing was certainly not on Haryana participants’ minds when they came for the show.

City to be hotbed for e-revolution
Chandigarh, July 16
“e for ear”, “e for express”, “e for equal” and, finally, the e for “e-revolution” which rocked the city for three days. The man behind these one-liners with pictures which caught everybody’s attention at “e-Revolution 2005”, Mr Sanjay Rastogi, Chief Executive of Delhi-based Quantum Communication, says, “The job was easy after Chandigarh’s IT Department gave us a blueprint of exactly what they were looking for. We only weaved a text around their requirement and inserted some pictures.”

CM’s announcement on IT Industry hailed
Mohali, July 16
The Mohali Industries Association has welcomed the announcement of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, of spending Rs 200 crore on providing infrastructural facilities in Mohali in order to attract the IT industry to the town.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Punjab to invest Rs 200 cr to make Mohali IT hub
Chandigarh, July 15
Logging on to a programme of development works in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today removed all apprehensions in the minds of Information Technology giants by declaring that the state government would soon invest Rs 200 crore for the infrastructural growth and development of Mohali.

Sabeer Bhatia mulls Rs 1000-cr unit in Punjab
Chandigarh, July 15
Noted US-based Software entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia called on Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here today. He evinced interest in setting up a Rs 1,000-crore drug discovery facility in Punjab in collaboration with Indian partner.

Cyber security, data privacy a big challenge
Nasscom chief wants computer hardware affordable
Chandigarh, July 15
Even as Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues offered IT professionals to use Chandigarh Technology Park’ as a research laboratory for experimentation, Nasscom President Kiran Karnik said cyber security and data privacy were greatest challenges before IT professionals in the country.

Poor infrastructure city’s biggest handicap
Chandigarh, July 15
Poor infrastructure. This sums up Chandigarh’s handicap in organising anything on a large scale. A small airport providing for inadequate air connectivity, increasing rush on roads and a lackadaisical Chandigarh Administration which has delayed the construction of the long-promised world class convention centre.

Karnik sees city as major IT destination
Chandigarh, July 15
Kiran Karnik is gung-ho about the potential of Chandigarh as an IT destination, even as he has some concerns about the infrastructure that the city provides. He was in town for "e-revolution 2005", as a key speaker for the two-day IT event being held here.

Now, Sabeer’s foray into pharma industry
Chandigarh, July 15
Sabeer Bhatia, the multi-millionaire Hotmail co-founder, has plans to use computers in drug formulations for discovering newer drugs in the upcoming pharmaceutical sector. He will set up a data centre with at least 5,000 computers and use them for next generation of drug discovery.

The youth power gets a taste of IT saga
Chandigarh, July 15
Till yesterday they were practically forgotten. Today, they are special invitees at the IT conclave. Finally, the biggest IT fest of the Chandigarh Capital Region “e-Revolution 2005” paid heed to youth power and called in eight students of the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology and Punjab Engineering College to attend the various sessions in progress at the mega event being held at Taj Hotel.

IT boom will change entire scenario, says MarketRx chief
Chandigarh, July 15
The information technology boom has now entered its third phase which will change the entire scenario, said Mr Subinder Khurana, president of the MarketRx, Gurgaon, while addressing a session on ‘Beyond Call Centres and IT Services’ at the e-Revolution 2005 conference here today.

CM keen to ‘improve’ infrastructure
Mohali, July 15
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, is interested in spending Rs 150 crore on the upgradation of the infrastructure in Mohali.

Talk on ‘IT and BPO trends’
Chandigarh, July 15
India needed to start betting on original technology instead of using the technology that is tried, tested and nearly on its way out in the developed countries, said Mr Pradeep Gupta, Chief Managing Director of the Cyber Media and IDC (India), while addressing the e-Revolution 2005 conference here today. He was speaking on “IT and BPO trends 2005”.

Stress on integrating stakeholders
Chandigarh, July 15
In order to retain an edge in the international Information Technology market, there is a need for countrywide integration of different stakeholders. These include government, businesses and the academia.

Saturday Extra
Chandigarh is e-ready
With major IT companies converging on Chandigarh, there are tremendous opportunities for job seekers. Naveen S. Garewal looks at the readiness of Chandigarh as the new IT destination.
HE ‘sting operation’ conducted by UK’s Sun newspaper, involving an employee of Infinity e-search, may have put Indian BPO operations under a cloud and caused concern in IT circles but outsourcing continues to be big business in India.

IT vision

Friday, July 15, 2005

Haryana to set up IT corridor in Panchkula
Chandigarh, July 14
Not willing to be left behind in the IT race, Haryana too announced the setting up of an IT corridor in Panchkula, during a function organised on the eve of a two-day mega conclave on Information Technology - e Revolution - 2005.

E-Revolution 2005
Better connectivity will help realise city’s IT dream
Chandigarh, July 14
As the mega conclave on Information Technology got underway, IT heads of two major companies today reiterated the need for improving infrastructure in the upcoming IT destinations of Chandigarh and Mohali so as to bring them at par with other IT destinations across the country.

IT students a forgotten lot at mega conclave
Chandigarh, July 14
E-revolution is happening in the heart of the city and yet the city youth are unconnected, untouched. Big names in the IT business, right from NASSCOM President, Mr Kiran Karnik, to Mr Mohandas Pai from Infosys to Pradeep Gupta from Cyber Media and Krishna Giri of E-governance (ASEAN)-IBM, are in the city doing a lot of talking and yet the next crop of computer engineers is nowhere to be found.

Chandigarh using IT for society
Chandigarh, July 14
Five years, since the Chandigarh Administration announced its IT policy, the use of information technology is now percolating down to the common man, making Chandigarh a place where “IT is for the society”.

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