The Telangana Government is in a mission mode to transform the city into a start-up capital by creating a world-class platform for startups, where a person can walk in with a ‘potential idea and walk-out with the product’, says Telangana IT and Panchayati Raj Minister KT Rama Rao. Sudheer Goutham of Elets News Network (ENN) writes from the ‘land of opportunities’
The State of Telangana is fast turning into a nerve centre for technology, with the State Government rolling out world-class projects in the land.
Hyderabad is currently the fastest growing IT destination in India and has earned a global recognition for it. However, the State Government is in a mission mode to transform the city into a start-up capital by creating a world-class platform for start-ups, where a person can walk in with a “potential idea and walk-out with the product”, as the officials would claim.
One of its biggest ventures for startups is T-Hub, which the officials say, would become a catalyst in creating vibrant entrepreneur communities in India.
In the words of Telangana IT and Panchayati Raj Minister KT Rama Rao: “It is like an incubator for incubators. All one needs is a great idea. We would say ‘Walk in with an idea and walk out with a product’.”
The IT Minister, who is also the son of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, says that T-Hub has been designed to encourage, attract and fuel technology start-ups.
The first phase of T-Hub is a ‘catalyst building’ erected over a 70,000-square feet area on the IIIT campus, Hyderabad.
In a separate location, phase-II of T-Hub, with an incubation space of 300,000 sq ft, is being created over a piece of 15- acre land in the proposed games park at Raidurgam near Hitec City, Hyderabad.
With a cumulative investment of Rs. 300 crore, the second phase is expected to be operational in the next three years.
The big shots in the technology industries, including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu Narayen, Biocon’s Chairman and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, would also be mentors in T-Hub. They will address the young entrepreneur when they visit Hyderabad.
Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy will also be a mentor and one of the principal advisors of the facility.
Going by the popular cliché that a state cannot be smart until its people become smart, the Telangana Government has embarked on an ambitious project ‘Digital Telangana’. This programme, is much more ambitious than that of the Government of India’s Digital India programme, the officials claim, exhibiting the results of initial rollouts, targets and outlines of the plan.
Going by the popular cliché that a state can’t be smart until its people become smart, the State Government has embarked on an ambitious project ‘Digital Telangana’. This programme, the officials claim, is much more ambitious than even Digital India programme
Digital Telangana is set to improve digital literacy in rural areas while providing infrastructure by laying Optic Fibre Cable up to each household using water grid trenches, which would touch a whooping 8.5 million households.
This connectivity provides 4G services in the entire State and WiFi in major cities and towns, while the e-Panchayat component of the plan will function as a One-Stop Shop in every Panchayat.”
Digital Telangana stands majorly on two pillars – supply and demand. On the supply side, the goal is “Internet for All” and on the demand side, it is among others, to ensure that each household has at least one member who could be termed “digitally-literate”. “Taking advantage of our Government’s Drinking Water Mission programme, we will provide Internet to 8.5 million households,” officials say in the State.
As part of the digital plans, the School Computer Literacy Programme to teach every child from Class VI onwards the basics of computers and expansion of “Mee Seva” services are being worked upon by the State Government.