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NICT returns, now even better

Guwahati, Oct. 3: The two-day NICT, the Northeast Information & Communication Technology Exposition working towards projecting Assam to the national investor community, is set to step into its eighth year tomorrow with promises of being bigger and better.

Organised under the banner of The Telegraph at Vishwaratna Hotel here from tomorrow, NICT 2012 has been extensively supported by the state IT department and Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Amtron) and the event has grown from strength to strength — attracting capital for the region and stimulating knowledge-based development.

The event is an annual B2B platform that brings together IT & business leaders, policy makers, academicians and IT enthusiasts of the region with an objective to project the potential of the Northeast to the investor community by playing the role of a catalyst and setting a new pace of development in the region.

Given the enthusiastic and positive response that the pro-business forum has received over the years, the NICT organisers are now set to drive the power of information and communication technology even deeper into the heart of the region.

Education and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will grace the inaugural function as the guest of honour. Sarma had released Assam’s IT Policy during the 2009 edition of NICT, underlining the importance of the event. Assam agriculture and parliamentary affairs minister Nilamani Sen Deka will also be a guest of honour. Chief secretary N.K. Das and DGP J.N. Choudhury, besides senior bureaucrats Rajiv Kumar Bora and M.K. Yadava, are expected to attend the function.

Sharing his thoughts on the journey so far on the eve of the event, the organising secretary of NICT and associate vice-president, IT, ABP Pvt Ltd, K.K. Mahapatra, said, “It has been seven years since we started NICT. The objective of the event is to generate IT awareness among people within this region in order to gear them up for the next level of economic growth. The strategic location of the Northeast facilitates creation of cross-border economic opportunities and has been accelerated by the highly literate human resources whose performance has been recognised in the service sector across the globe.”

“Over the last few years, many IT companies have set up shop in this region because of the conducive environment for investment in the IT-ITes sector that the government has been able to provide. Through this event, it has been our constant endeavour to drive the ICT (information and communication technology) engine of growth deep into the heart of the Northeast.”

Organised since 2005, NICT has helped change perception about the northeastern states among investors. On September 13, it was successfully held in Meghalaya. Tripura is the other state where the event was also held. Over the last five to six years, IT companies like HP, IBM, Tulip, Educomp, Rolta, Dell, Acer and many more have set up shop in Guwahati.

Moreover, AMTRON has taken initiatives and tied up with reputed private partners for development of Indian institute of Information Technology (IIIT), in accordance with the Centre’s guidelines. An IT park is being set up in Guwahati under the PPP model.

The sponsoring companies for this year’s event are Third Eye Education (education partner), WDC (technology partner), Big 92.7 FM (exclusive radio partner).

Associate sponsors include STPI, State Bank of India, ONGC, IL&FS Education, National Internet Exchange of India, Oil India Ltd, SBI Life Insurance, Nabard, Star Cement, Railtel, Sidbi, McLeod Russel India Ltd, Williamson Magor Group Enterprise and Pernod Ricard India.

The participation of over 200 delegates, 20 speakers and 20 companies in the form of sponsors and exhibitors reiterates the importance of a platform like the NICT that reaches out to the people of the region and beyond.

The leaders of the region, it is expected, will make the most of this annual congregation to project the overall visions and plans for integrating the Northeast with the Indian IT industry.