Tamil Nadu is second largest software exporter in India
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Tamil Nadu is second largest software exporter in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 31 May 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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COIMBATORE: Software exports from Tamil Nadu, which have been increasing since 2001, were expected to clock a growth rate of 17 per cent this year, the same as last year, a top state IT official said on Sunday.

The state exported software products worth Rs 7,000 crore in 2003, a growth of 17 per cent over the 2002, and it was expected to achieve the same level in 2004, Information Technology Secretary Vevek Harinarain said.

Speaking at the function got up to introduce electronic tea auction system in Coimbatore, he said the state had become the second largest software exporter, after Karnataka (Bangalore), which had exported software worth Rs 10,500 crore in 2003.

Tamil Nadu's software exports, which were Rs 3,000 crore two-and-half years ago, registered a 11 per cent growth during the next year and 14 per cent in 2002 and reached 17 per cent in 2003, he said.

Regarding the IT Park in the city, being set up in a 30 acre site, Harinarain said IT major Wipro had already taken 10 acres of land for its project.

Besides, TCS and two companies from the United States had shown interest to set up their offices in the park, he said.

He said Coimbatore, which registered software export of Rs 100 crore so far, had the potential to increase it to nearly Rs 500 crore to Rs 800 crore in a couple of years and possibly touch the Rs 1,000 crore mark in the next four years.

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