In the run up to the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 — the flagship technology summit organised by the Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka — the launch of the Beyond Bengaluru initiative was announced. Beyond Bengaluru, which will be an integral part of the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, is focused towards building an innovation and technology ecosystem in the state of Karnataka.
The programme takes root in the new IT policy 2020 – 2025, which aims to boost IT penetration and innovation in the state holistically. The programme aims at enhancing growth in the IT /ITES, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), Electronic System Design Manufacturing (ESDM), and Telecom sector industries located at the upcoming cities of Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali – Dharwad and Shivamogga.
The state’s efforts in building economic and industry clusters
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan, who is also the Minister for Higher Education, Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood Department, Govt of Karnataka,said, “Beyond Bengaluru is a unique initiative by the Government of Karnataka in its efforts to boost IT penetration across the State and will be supported by strategic policy interventions and holistic economic development. The cities of Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubbali-Dharwad and Shivamogga are foreseeing great investment opportunities and employment potential.”
Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan further noted that IT, Bt and ITeS sectors are the lifeline of the state and said that the state is working to enable better connectivity penetration to actualise the Beyond Bengaluru goal. He also added the National Education Policy 2020 has been a force multiplier. “When implemented, students passing out of educational institutions will be industry ready. The internship opportunities will also enable better industry-academic connection. All of this will cumulatively and positively impact the state’s efforts in building economic and industry clusters in the different parts of the state.”