Chandigarh’s software exports rise 600 percent in three years

July 11th, 2008 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, July 11 (IANS) Software exports from the city grew 600 percent over the past three years to Rs.4 billion, a top official here said Friday. While software exports stood at Rs.570 million in 2004-05, it was Rs.4 billion in 2007-08, and is expected to cross the Rs.45-billion mark by 2011, M.S. Brar, director of information technology in the Chandigarh administration.

“The tri-city comprising Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali is all set to be the next Silicon Valley,” Brar said.

The Chandigarh administration has now joined hands with the Punjab and Haryana governments to attract investments in information technology (IT) sector in these three cities, he said.

“They are working together to put into place a world-class eco-system to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.”

Chandigarh will host an IT conclave in August to showcase the opportunities the tri-city offers. Called the ‘e-Revolution 2008′, the conclave’s theme this year is ‘The Changing Landscape: Creating new trends and opportunities’.

Som Mittal and Ganesh Natrajan, president and chairman respectively of trade organisation Nasscom - the National Association of Software and Service Companies - are expected to participate.

e-Revolution 2008 is the fourth in the series of international conclaves started by the Chandigarh administration along with the governments of Punjab and Haryana to promote this region as an IT destination, an official said.

“There will be presentations and panel discussions by the entrepreneurs, chief executives and industry experts,” he said.

“We will discuss how best to create a conducive business environment, a system for sustaining IT talent, new technology trends and the general IT investment scenario in the region.”

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