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By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 31 October 2008, 03:44 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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Bangalore: The Department of IT, Bio-Technology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka, STPI Bangalore and MM Activ Sci-Tech Communications announced a 3-day mega IT event - - to be held from 6th November, 2008.

Ending on 8 November, this eleventh edition of India's flagship ICT event will focus on creating a meaningful B2B platform for the industry to promote partnerships and forge alliances with leading players in domestic and international markets.

This year the partner country will be Mexico and the partner state will be Gujarat. A fifty member delegation from Mexico, including the Minister of Economy, government officials and industry representatives and a similar delegation from Gujarat will take-part in 2008. Delegations from other countries like Germany, Japan, Bavaria, Denmark and UK will be participating in the event.

Katta Subramanya Naidu, Minister of IT & BT, Excise and BWSSB, Government of Karnataka, said, "The Govt. of Karnataka has provided all the necessary assistance to ensure that is a platform for the IT industry, policy makers and IT users to meet, understand and collaborate. The government is working closely with companies and industry bodies."

The event will include conferences and round tables covering verticals like Healthcare, Telecom, Education, Cyber & National security, Green technologies, GIS & Spacial technology and an exclusive round table by the Government of Karnataka on Rural IT Policies as well. A special emphasis will be made on manufacturing, with sessions on 'IT manufacturing - Made in India' by MAIT and 'Advantage India- Solar PV' by ISA. has attracted over hundred companies with confirmed participation from global companies like Infosys, Wipro, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, AMD, Siemens, Nokia, BSNL, Airtel, HP, IBM, Dell, Oracle, Texas Instruments, TCS, Supervalue. The event will be held at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore.

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1: The purpose of any gathering like the present one must be to discuss the weaknesses of the ICT strategies and policies of a nation like India. The core objective is to share knowledge and expertise with each other. We congratulate the organizers for bringing together experts from various fields at a single platform.

However, India is notoriously infamous for its indifference and careless attitude. I was going through a post available at and was surprised to see the “real face” of ICT position in India. I wonder whether the conferences and seminars are failing in their purpose or is the government of India not considering the precious outputs out of such conferences?

I wish to put forward few lines from the above article without infringing the copyright of the same and acknowledging the attributions of this passage to Mr. Praveen Dalal. It goes like this “India seems to be treading all the way to a wrong path that may be justified only by ignorance and indifference. The Cyber Security Strategy of India is highly defective. The result is a weak Critical ICT Infrastructure Protection in India. Critical Infrastructure in India needs both protection and management in the larger interest of India. The ICT Trends in India-2006, ICT Trends in India-2007, Cyber Security Trends By PTLB 2007, IPRs Trends in India, 2007, Cyber Forensics Trends in India, 2008, etc all are pointing towards defective and inadequate ICT Strategies and Polices at the National Level. A continued ignorance of these issues is resulting in an ICT Emergency in India”.

Let us hope that this conference would bring the necessary changes in this sad position in India.
Posted by:Srikant - 30 Oct, 2008