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Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar inaugurates Software Technology Park in Kohima

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Skill Development, inaugurated the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) in Kohima on Friday.

This is the STPI’s 61st location and the first in Nagaland. The state has now become a favored IT/ITeS venue in the Northeast region, with state-of-the-art incubation facilities, high-speed data communication, and other value-added services, since the center’s opening.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar speaks at the STPI’s opening in Kohima

Chandrasekhar

“It’s a vital part of my job to travel over the country, observe and connect with the beneficiaries of our programs, and see what we can improve,” said Union minister Chandrashekhar.

“Today, we are fulfilling a portion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambition in establishing the Northeast’s technological environment, hence generating chances for future generations of this region’s youth,” Chandrashekhar added.

“Traveling about the country, seeing and interacting with the beneficiaries of our programs, seeing what we can do better, seeing if the outcomes that we have expected from our schemes, programs, and investments are working as they should, and if they aren’t, can we improve them,” he continued.

About STPI

The STPI was founded in 1991 by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology as a science and technology institution.

The STPI has established over 60 centers across India since its inception.

STPI encourages the IT/ITES sector, innovation, R&D, start-ups, and product/IP creation in emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Computer Vision, Robotics, and Robotics Process Automation (RPA).

It also promotes Augmented and Virtual Reality, Animation & Visual Effects, Data Science & Analytics for a variety of industries, including Gaming, FinTech, Agritech, MedTech, Autonomous Connected Electric & Shared(ACES) Mobility, ESDM, Cyber Security, Industry 4.0, Drone, Efficiency Augmentation, and so on.

Chandrasekhar’s efforts towards digitization

He urged the IT Department to develop a rolling plan for meeting with the Ministries every month.

Chandrasekhar advised the State Government to use the STPI and NIELIT to form a network with other educational institutions to increase job prospects in Nagaland.

The Permanent Campus of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, Chuchuyimlang, was also opened by the Union Minister.

He also attended a celebration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday, where Nagaland State Unit BJP President Temjen Imna briefed him on the state’s pressing issues.

Govt of Nagaland aims in creating more jobs

Meanwhile, Mmhonlumo Kikon, Nagaland’s Advisor for Information Technology & Communication, New & Renewable Energy, stated that the government of Nagaland plans to create 5000 IT and ITES-related jobs in the next two years, working closely with the Union Ministry.

The STPI, IT Department will establish an ecosystem where the internet would be made accessible to every nook and cranny of Nagaland, he remarked, due to the changed circumstances as a result of COVID-19.

Kikon also urged IT-related state entities such as NIELIT and NIC to collaborate and coordinate with the IT Department in the coming days. He also emphasized the importance of making NIELIT courses relevant to unemployed youth.

Chandrashekar expressed optimism that the State Government’s goal of 5000 new employment in two years will be realized.

“If young people from Nagaland and other regions of the Northeast can go to metro cities and work so hard in the IT business, nothing should stop them from doing the same here,” he said.

In line with the new work-from-home trend, he believes that now that the IT sector is in place, Naga young people do not need to work outside the state because they can work from home.

Investments in IT Dept

The Government of Nagaland, according to Kikon, has put a lot of effort and resources into the IT Department.

He added that the STPI will allow the Indian government to assist people picked for the program in addition to providing scholarships and identifying entrepreneurs.

KD Vizo, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, IT&C and Power, Nagaland, revealed that the Department of IT&C has provided the STPI center with over 40% of the building infrastructure.

He believes that now is the time to take Nagaland to the next level and transform it into the Land of e-Government by implementing substantial e-Government and ICT-based technologies.

Vizo went on to say that the department’s main goal is to make the state a significant software exporter in the Southeast Asian region, as well as one of the wealthiest in the country, by aggressively involving unemployed young in meaningful IT and e-Government activities.

Nagaland’s internet would be enhanced, according to Chandrasekhar

Meanwhile, the Union Minister promised to improve internet quality in Nagaland.

“I’ve committed to doing all in my power to improve internet quality in Nagaland. In Nagaland, we can increase internet capacity and bandwidth “Chandrashekar claimed this during a news conference at the BJP’s Kohima headquarters.

“The youth of the Northeast in general, and the youth of Nagaland in particular, must use these investments wisely and create a better future for themselves,” Chandrashekar said, adding that over 5 lakh new jobs in the IT sector and 3 lakh new jobs in manufacturing units have been created this year alone.

“Young Nagas are searching for more than just a job; they’re actively looking to start businesses and firms,” he said. He said a series of conversations with Nagaland government authorities on where and how to develop possibilities for the youth in the IT sector was held in this regard.

“We will work as a team to ensure that we integrate all of the Government of India’s organizations in Nagaland to work closely with the IT department so that all of these investments in developing entrepreneurship are effectively utilized in the shortest time feasible,” he said.

The Union Minister also spoke to the media about his hopes for the STPI Kohima, which include seeing it filled with enterprises and engineers in the next 3-6 months and ensuring that 10-20 companies are installed as incubators.

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