Shaping Electronics Manufacturing Hub : G S Priyadarshi

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G S Priyadarshi, Managing Director, UP Electronics Corporation Ltd

In its bid to give a new direction to the industrial scenario in Uttar Pradesh, the State Government is making all-out effort in the field of Electronics Manufacturing and otherwise, G S Priyadarshi, Managing Director, UP Electronics Corporation Ltd, tells Nirav Soni of Elets News Network (ENN)

Please give us a brief about your department.

The UP Electronics Corporation Limited is wholly owned undertaking of the Uttar Pradesh Government. The Corporation was set up with the main objective of promoting Information Technology and Electronics industries in the State. We are currently engaged in procurement and supply of Computer Hardware, development of Computer Software and providing Computer Training to the employees of government departments, corporations and institutions through empanelled Business Associates as well as on our own. Laptop Scheme was one of the landmark projects executed by our department under the guidance of the State Government. Besides this, the Corporation has also been nominated as a nodal agency for implementation of various projects/ schemes allocated by the government from time to time through various implementing agencies.

What are the salient features of the Electronics Manufacturing Policy of Uttar Pradesh?
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has been consistently trying to give a new direction to the industrial scenario of the State. Apart from different measures taken in various areas, the UP Electronics Manufacturing Policy, which as announced in 2014, is a fresh endeavour towards a stable, predictable and fair playing field for every investor looking to invest in the State. It is specifically aimed at encouraging and attracting investment related to electronics component and equipment manufacturing in the State. The policy envisages setting up of three electronics manufacturing clusters in line with the policy of MSIPS (Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme) of the Government of India. We have proposed many attractive incentives like capital subsidy, interest subsidy and reimbursement of VAT , besides funds for common infrastructure in the cluster and discounted land rates. This policy is one of the most competitive and attractive policies in the field of electronics manufacturing India has so far.

What are the locations of the proposed electronics manufacturing clusters?
We have provision of having three electronic manufacturing clusters in our policy. Currently, we have received an approval for establishing the cluster at two places – Yamuna Expressway and Greater Noida, each spread across 100 acres of land.

How, according to you, this initiative would help the citizens at large?
The State Government has expressed its resolve to play a significant role towards achieving the objectives laid down under the Government of India’s National Electronic Policy 2012. We have a vision of transforming Uttar Pradesh into a hub of ESDM in the long run through a conducive policy environment, support to the industry and a concerted strategy. We want to capitalise on the skilled human resource demand that will be required in the electronics sector. We have the largest number of engineering graduates in the field of IT, Electronics and Communications. We are home to many premier institutions like IIT, IIM, IIIT and BHU. We have around 36 universities, 3,104 colleges, 1,500 ITIs, 197 B-Schools and 320 engineering colleges.

Considering this vast knowledge economy, we believe that we can bridge the demand–supply gap by scaling the human resource to specific skills that would be required in this sector. Under e-Skill Development initiatives, we have signed MoUs with Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), Electronics Sector Skill Council (ESSC) and National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) for imparting training to 15,000 students in the Electronics sector. Boasting of a competent workforce and a knowledgeable community, the government will focus on setting up incubator centers to promote start-up/ Entrepreneurs/ R&D, along with Training, Skill Development and related certification.

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