The hunt is on for an IT major to help the state set up an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in the capital.
In a week, state officials will take part in an interactive session with senior representatives of big names in the IT sector like TCS, Wipro and Infosys, among others, in an attempt to find an industry partner for the Ranchi chapter of IIIT.
Though the Centre sanctioned an IIIT for Jharkhand early this year, the state’s search for an industry partner has so far proved futile.
“The state received the Centre’s sanction in February. We had earlier invited IT companies for talks to set up an IIIT. The companies have now responded and requested us to organise an interactive session to garner details about the proposed project to understand what is expected of them,” state IT secretary Satendra Singh told The Telegraph.
The project is expected to cost Rs 128 crore. While the Centre will bear 50 per cent of the cost, the state’s contribution would be 35 per cent, with the prospective industry partner pitching in with the remaining 15 per cent.
Land would be provided by the state free of cost. “We have forwarded a proposal to the revenue department. About 50 acres have been identified at Kanke, near the proposed National University for Study & Research in Law (NUSRL) campus,” he said.
Meanwhile, in another boost for the state’s IT sector, a memorandum is going to be signed in Ranchi tomorrow for setting up a Software Technology Park of India (STPI) in Adityapur, the second in the state after the one in the capital. The latest STPI would come up on a sprawling 3.5 acre campus in the industrial area in Seraikela-Kharsawan district. Besides providing land, the state will also provide a one-time grant to the new technology park.
The memorandum would be signed by IT secretary Singh and STPI (Guwahati) director P.R. Das during a workshop on national e-governance, which would be attended by officials of the department of information technology, government of India and Nasscom, among others.
During the workshop, authorities would review the progress made by the state so far in different NeGP mission mode projects, which have been implemented by various departments over the last couple of years.
Through the NeGP mission mode projects, mandatory computerisation projects undertaken by the Centre as well as state governments are implemented. While subjects like passport and income tax receipts are the Centre’s jurisdiction, the state’s responsibility includes registration, transport, commercial taxes, functioning of treasuries etc.