Union minister, CM lay foundation for STPI incubation centre

Robotics lab to be built soon in Doon, announces CM

The Union minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad virtually and chief minister Trivedra Singh Rawat unveiled the foundation for Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Dehradun incubation centre at ITDA here on Friday. The CM announced that soon a robotics lab will also be established in Dehradun for which land is also available. Rawat along with the Union minister of State for Information Technology, Sanjay Dhotre also inaugurated the e-waste studio on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said that Uttarakhand is where the Vedas began and now technology is being incubated in the State. From values and culture to technology should be the image of Uttarakhand. He said that the state is progressing swiftly under the leadership of CM Rawat. He directed the STPI officials to ensure that the incubation centre in Dehradun is better and modern. Referring to the considerable scope for start-ups in Uttarakhand, the Union minister also said that BPOs had been set up in Dehradun and Haldwani. Informing about Chunauti scheme, he said that this was aimed at developing creativity among children in small cities. He said that a robotics centre should be built in Dehradun which should be developed into an important robotics centre of India. He assured that full support will be provided to the state government for this purpose. Stating that spirituality is a brand of Uttarakhand, Prasad said that robotics should become the second brand of the state. The Union minister further said that 46 hospitals in Uttarakhand had become e-hospitals while AIIMS in Rishikesh is also doing good work. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India programme is aimed at enabling the common people through technology. The people are deriving various benefits from this. The life of the common man can be hanged through the means of technology. Prasad further said that 1,800 Gram Panchayats of the state have been connected under Bharat Net phase I. The government of India will provide full support in phase II also, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Rawat said that ITDA is making good use of all electronic waste. With team work the commendable task of making the best out of e-waste is being undertaken. He said that during 2019-20, IT Park did business worth Rs 150 crore with direct employment having been provided to more than 2,500 people. The establishment of STPI Dehradun incubation centre will provide play and plug facility needed for start-ups which will provide a fillip to start-ups. Rawat further said that the incubation centre will also be helpful in boosting efforts to attract investment to Uttarakhand and developing the state into a prominent IT/ITES destination. Regarding Bharat Net phase II, he said that it will play an important role in stopping migration from the mountainous regions of the state. The phase II worth Rs 2,000 crore will enable facilitation of internet in 5,991 Gram Panchayats. Rawat said that good work on drone application is also being done in the state with many drone pilots being prepared in Uttarakhand. This will benefit the state greatly in the coming times. He also requested Prasad for assistance in establishing electronic and manufacturing cluster on 100 acre reserved land in Kashipur and to start Bharat Net phase II soon.

The ITDA director Amit Sinha, informing about the e-waste studio, said that it had been set up to raise public awareness on e-waste recycling and disposal. It has been made completely from recycled e-waste. An internal drone racing track has also been incorporated in it. By reusing the e-waste collected for making this studio, 25 computers were assembled and presented to 10 primary schools in the district, he added.

Saturday, 28 November 2020 | PNS | Dehradun

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