The Kerala NASSCOM Regional Council was launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today in Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of P.K. Kunhalikutty, Minister for Industries and Information Technology, Government of Kerala, Som Mittal, President, NASSCOM and VK Mathews, Chairman, NASSCOM Regional Council, Kerala.
The idea behind setting up a Regional Council in Kerala is to further enable the growth of IT-BPM companies located in the region and establish Kerala as a hub for R&D, innovation and professional services in India. The Regional Council will be a conduit of change through thought leadership, research, market intelligence and membership engagement. Through this initiative NASSCOM will work with the State government to shape policy in all key areas of activities such as skill development, trade and business services and further provide platforms for members and other stakeholders to interact, network and grow.
Expressing his views, Som Mittal said, “Innovation, high literacy rate, excellent connectivity and the absence of an urban-rural differentiation has helped Kerala transform its image, and emerge as a leading IT-BPM destination in India. The industry, NASSCOM and the government will together work towards expanding Kerala’s pool of relevant and skilled talent and harness the benefits of ICT to drive inclusive and balanced growth in the state.”
Speaking on the occasion, VK Mathews said, “As Kerala sets it foot to become the next hub for IT-BPM sourcing, there is a need to improve infrastructure of the state, to ensure the continued development of the sector. And with NASSCOM setting up its Regional Council here, there will be more focused effort to facilitate growth and maintain Kerala’s leadership position as a trusted and safe place to do business. This will provide IT companies with an opportunity to showcase their core competencies to the rest of the country and the world, which will be critical for attracting IT investments in times to come.”
Kerala will be the 5th Regional Council of NASSCOM across the country. The Regional Councils function across different cities where NASSCOM members are located to build strategies and address local issues. Some of the key focus areas include member connect, tier 2 city development, best practices sharing and policy advocacy with local governments.