Rational in pact with Kerala Govt.

By siliconindia   |   Wednesday, 27 November 2002, 08:00 Hrs
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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Rational India and the Government of Kerala finalised a first of its kind agreement wherein Rational would assist the Government define processes and provide a framework for unifying discrete eGovernance projects, the company announced in a press release Wednesday.

The agreement was finalised by M.K. Bharatee, Country Manager, Rational India and Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary-IT, Government of Kerala. As part of the agreement Rational Software will hold high level workshops for policy makers and implementers of eGovernance projects and
provide technical support and other necessary resources for a pilot project of the Government’s choice as a proof of concept.

The agreement also involves Rational facilitating colleges to adopt software engineering as a part of their curriculum so as to build a substantial pool of trained software engineering professionals in the State of Kerala, the company said.

Speaking about the agreement, P.K Kunjailutty, Kerala minister for IT said, "Kerala is making a resurgent bid to become a favoured IT investment destination. We thank Rational Software for their support whereby Kerala may acquire a differential advantage across IT based initiatives in government, industry, and academia."

Greg Lund, managing director, South Asia and India, Rational Software said, "We are happy to be associated with the Kerala Government on the TSECC initiative which is one of its kind in the world and are excited about the opportunities this would open up for the State of Kerala. After working on similar initiatives with the Singapore and Malaysian Governments in the Asia Pacific region, the agreement with the Kerala Government represents a first in India."

Mr. Ajith Nambissan, President, GTech (Group of Technopark Companies) added, "GTECH welcomes the setting up of the Technopark Software Engineering Competency Center at Technopark. We appreciate the feat that Technopark has achieved by establishing such a competency center. This center would enable the existing as well as the new IT companies in the State to improve the quality of their offerings and upgrade the technology skills of its manpower. It also would provide software engineers in the State an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest development tools/practices free of cost, at their doorstep. Initiatives such as these shall have a positive impact on the State’s IT Industry. We reiterate our wholehearted appreciation and support to Technopark’s initiative."

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