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Bengaluru, NFAPost: Realising the importance of co-creation in innovation, the government of Karnataka has embarked on developing Global Innovation Alliances (GIA) with the prominent innovation hubs of the world, said the Deputy Chief Minister and IT & BT Minister C N Ashwatha Narayana.

He said this while interacting through online with the members of the International Advisory Committee of BTS- 2020, on Tuesday evening.

The government has focused on internationalisation and expansion of the global network and has ventured on Innovation Alliances with the innovation hubs of the world like the US, Germany, France, Japan, Israel, UK, Finland, Netherlands, Australia, etc.

Skilling projects

The government has been in engagement with more than 21 countries on a regular basis ranging from G2G meetings, to MoUs and active projects for skilling, research and development (R&D), and startup cooperation, said the Deputy Chief Minister.

“With an estimated GSDP of $220 billion, Karnataka is an important state for India in this regard. It is recognised as the “Startup Capital” and “Innovation Capital” of India. The state was ranked #1 in India Innovation Index 2019 Report by NITI Aayog (Government of India’s policy think tank),” said the Deputy Chief Minister.

Deputy Chief Minister and IT & BT Minister C N Ashwatha Narayana further emphasised that the government had been focusing on skill development, incubating startups, developing global alliances, focus on Tier 2 cities, and providing a legal framework for supporting innovation.

Sector-specific policies

The government has announced sector-specific policies on IT, BT, ESDM (Electronics System Design and Manufacturing), and AVGC (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comics) to give a push to the growth of the technology. It is also actively engaging with Industry and Academia to build and promote the ecosystem. Vision Group for IT, Vision Group for BT and Vision Group for Startups, headed by industry stalwarts, have been constituted, he stressed.

He said that the city of Bengaluru had a formidable combination of a highly-skilled workforce, advanced technological expertise, and an entrepreneurial mindset and hoped these would be leveraged to make BTS a great success. He also called on the advisory committee of the summit to guide the state about global technology trends.

E V Ramana Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of IT/BT and S &T, S.Gopalakrishnan (Kris), Chairman, Karanataka Vision Group on information technology, Prashanth Prakash, Chairman, Karnataka Vision Group on StartUp, Mohanram P V, CEO, Bengaluru Tech Summit, Meena Nagaraj C N Director, Department of IT & BT were present in the meeting.

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