CHANDIGARH: A Leading IT Destination City from Last 51 years

CHANDIGARH: A Leading IT Destination City from Last 51 years

Chandigarh, the dream city of India’s first Prime Minister, Sh. Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Located at the foothills of Shivaliks, the city is well-known for the best experimentations in urban planning and modern architecture in the 20th century in India. Restructuring of the city on 01.11.1966, it has been declared as a Union Territory and under the direct control of the Central Government.

The software industry was nonexistent in India until 1960. In 1972, the Govt. of India formulated a software export scheme. We can say that 1972 was the inception year for the software industry in India, and after 1991 this Industry entered into the big picture of Indian Economy. The industry registered robust growth after the year 2000.

Over the past 51 years, Chandigarh has made outstanding progress in terms of physical infrastructure and business environment. As an emerging economic growth center, especially as an IT hub from other IT cities of India, Chandigarh has become a preferred location for the ITES companies. Making Chandigarh, a major center for IT enabled services; a policy is designed for facilitating and enhancing the growth of the sector and city admin objectives. As recent data by CII, the per capita income in FY16 (current prices) was Rs 268,656, being one of the highest in the country and big part comes from by IT and their services infrastructure. With an excellent base of communication network, technical institutes and connectivity with the other states, comparing city to respects like education, basic health, or life expectancy better than another part of India.

The Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC) has been set up under the guidance of the Department of Information Technology Chandigarh. Chandigarh Administration is executing several plans of the Administration for promoting the IT industry in Chandigarh.  Chandigarh is emerging as one of the growing IT cities of the country and many M.N.Cs are shifting from Bangalore. The state is making concerted efforts for promoting key initiatives in this sector to leverage information technology to accomplish a position of leadership and excellence in the information age.

Over the last few years, some of the major IT initiatives planned by the Administration have shown excellent results. Chandigarh is a modern city and in order to incorporate the city in the world, it is important to foresee world standard projects that not only enrich the economic profile of the city, but also provide many employment opportunities for its human resources. North India, as a whole had lagged behind the southern states.

The Indus Entrepreneur, prepare a road map for the advancement of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali region. Keeping in view the roadmap, a visionary project of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) was conceptualized by Chandigarh Administration, which was inaugurated by Dr Manmohan Singh, Former PM India in September 2005.

The establishment of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) here has proved to be a turning point in the economic transformation of the region. Not only it has attracted many Information Technologies/ Information Technology enabled Services (IT/ITeS) companies, but also helped in expanding IT activities in nearby cities like, Mohali in Punjab and Panchkula in Haryana.

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It has changed the economic scenario of the city and by facilitating the growth of the economy, especially in the Services sector. RGCTP has been planned to retain this upgraded human capital by providing them employment opportunities here itself. Here in RGCTP, Rs1500crores has been invested by Chandigarh admin and in the private sector.

From the establishment of RGCTP, we can observe a tremendous increase in total export from a region which was 414.97 crores in 2005-06 and 2890.72crores in 2014-16, (Data Sources: Department of information Technology Chandigarh). There were many reasons for the rapid growth in UT, like Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for easy to business Industrial/IT Habitats and wherein investing companies would receive single window clearance and would be able to avail of the benefits as per the SEZ Policy of Government of India.

The Indian IT-BPM industry is expected to reach $350 billion by 2025 (Report: Nasscom). DITC Planned initiatives and vision are reliable for this sector growth. The city can play a major role for growth in this sector.

Heavy School Bags vs Implementing IT in Education

Heavy School Bags vs Implementing IT in Education

 

There have been several instances of children complaining of shoulder, neck & back-problems on account of significantly heavy school bags, of all the things! This has been a common observation during our morning walks, when school-going children are often seen waiting for their school buses to arrive. Many a times, we see their mothers or fathers or grandparents carrying the load and waiting with them. This sight often makes me wonder where we are heading. Studies indicate that 96% students carry school bags which are more than 20% of their body weights.

Medical professionals suggest that the school bags actually should not be hanging down the kids’ backs, making it much harder for them to carry, not to miss, it could in the long run and in effect damage their spine posture, resulting in a permanent hunch. Increasing loads on the backs can result in damaging the well-defined ‘S’ curve of their backs and cause serious conditions like Scoliosis. Ideally, the shoulder strap needs to be shortened and the load needs to be balanced between the middle of the back and the shoulders. Also, the bags should have waist and chest straps, in order to have their weight evenly distributed across the body. All this for carrying such a lot stuff to school every single day.

As students graduate to their next class from Primary to Middle to High School, the subjects in their curriculum increase and so does the load on their backs. Why can’t we think of something better to resolve this? In this tech savvy age, there is a very high likelihood for preferring electronic textbooks (or e-books).

Children can use their school lockers for keeping their art & sports supplies, dictionaries, umbrellas, raincoats, etc. This can at least get some load off their backs. Heavy water bottles too can be done away with if clean & hygienic drinking water is made available in all schools.

The use of e-books needs a paradigm shift with respect to our mindsets. The variety and range of tablets available these days can easily address the problems associated with heavy school bags.

Check out some of the major advantages–

• Bright, colorful & interactive learning experience: The multimedia content (images, sound, video) has always appealed to students and inspired them to read

• Environment friendly: By not having to waste precious paper & save our ecology

• Cost effectiveness in getting the entire year’s curriculum, in addition to the reference material too – e-textbooks on tablets cost about 50-60% less than print textbooks

• The newer tablets can contain over a lack of books, more than anyone can read in a lifetime!

• Tailored content & markups- The eBook can be designed in a manner with features like markups, highlighting, pronunciation guides, etc. And supplemental pages for different levels of students, as per their needs & capabilities. In fact, the possibilities are immense!

• Sharing and collaboration among study groups

• Reduced storage space

• Up to date study content

• Enjoyment and variety

• Ease of carrying and usage

• Improve retention for students

• Lower environment impact by taking care of our ecology

CBSE in India has initiated interactive classrooms with teachers using soft-teaching material very extensively in the middle and higher classes. The diagrams (with audios & visuals) are much more info-graphically enhanced and improve teaching effectiveness as well. Plus, teachers have a wealth of supportive and interesting material to showcase to the students.

It’s imperative indeed that the hardback textbooks would very soon be a thing of the past and replaced with eBooks at almost all levels of education.