Fast developing information technology in Maharashtra


Centre for the Development of Advanced computers of Pune, Maharashtra,

the developers of India’s super computer,

as its backbone and a strong HRD strategy state of the art infrastructure, Maharashtra is one the verge of a Information Technology revolution. A break through in the offing.

Policy initiatives, the aim of Human Resources Development, Infrastructure, Incentives to the Information Technology Industry will be undertaken by the Maharashtra Govt. Empowerment through connectivity.

The formation of a computerised society, through Internet and computer based knowledge for the transformation of Industrial Base and vibrant agriculture.

All this tends to lead towards a knowledge based economic power house. Mission :

To empower the people of the state to realise this huge potential to build a computerised society.
Strategy : Achievement of the above can only be acquired through AAA connectivity (ie) Anytime, Any how, Any where (AAA).

• To provide to the people of the state of world-class Information Technology Infrastructure.

• To put in place an appropriate institutional mechanics for initiatives in Information Technology sector.

• To make the people of the state highly computer-literate and to produce top-class Information Technology professionals through strong

HRD initiatives.

• To consolidate and greatly strengthen the Information Technology industry in the state including the software and hardware industry as well as Information Technology enabled Services through fiscal and non-fiscal incentives.

• To computerise the Citizen-Government interface in order to make Government more transparent and to bring it closer to the people.

Upgrading Education Systems
A whooping Rs. 960 m. proposed for the upgrading and setting up of computer labs in 637 Govt. Semi-Govt. 137 schools secondary schools, Higher Secondary schools in the state to be the beneficiaries of the latest computer technology within the next 2 years.

Each school to receive 15 lacs.

The total time limit to be 5 years.
Vidyanet, Ernet, Internet connectivity to be made available at Govt. costs to Govt./ Semi Govt. Sec. School.
Adequate number of Teachers and equal numbers of computers to go with it, an objection to insure there are no hassles in discharging computer knowledge.

Encouraging Degree College, polytechnics and engineering institution to expound their intake for Information Technology courses.

Reputed academic institution of national / International standing to be invited to lead the research, training and development.

University of Pune to spearhead in developing a Digital library.

This in turn will give the people a access to wealth of necessary information in electronic format.

State agencies such as MSEB

(Maharashtra State Electricity Board), PWD (Public Works Department), Irrigation Department, who have rights of way will facilitate laying of fibre optic backbones by private ISPs or Telecom Service Providers.

While MSEB has started the process by inviting tenders, other agencies will provide right of way to the Information Technology industry at 50% of their normal rates.

Government will issue directives to Municipal Corporations and Councils to allow the use of street light poles for extending fibre optic cable network or cable network for the purposes of Internet connectivity.

In order to encourage Public TeleInfo Centres, the government will provide land or lease for a period fo at least 10 years on the same concessional terms and conditions as are applicable to educational institutions.

These centres will also be eligible for assistance under the Package Scheme of Incentives.

MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) will also develop plug-and-play Information Technology entrepreneurship incubation facilities at Navi Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur to encourage first generation software professionals to start their operations quickly.

A Hardware Park will be set up over an area of 400 hectares in Navi Mumbai, close to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port. Institutional Framework

A Directorate of Information Technology has already been set up.

The High Power Committee already set up under the Chief Secretary for sanctioning computerisation projects in government will be reconstituted and empowered to take decisions regarding implementation of the Information Technology Policy.

A Cabinet Sub-Committee on Industrial Development has already been formed.

This Committee will take final decisions in respect of the Information Technology Policy