KBITS To Organize Tech Event In Mangaluru

Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services (KBITS) will organize an event in Mangaluru to promote Information Technology (IT) sector. Chairing a preliminary meeting in this regard in Mangaluru on Thursday, AB Ibrahim, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, said such an event will help showcase the potential of Mangaluru in the areas of IT and electronics manufacturing.

However, the representatives from the IT industry, who attended the meeting, stressed the need for government support in bringing more IT players to the region, The Hindu reported.

Praveen Kalbavi, Managing Director of the Mangaluru-based Novigo Solutions Pvt Ltd, said Mangaluru-Udupi region has around 100 start-ups. Though most companies get fresh candidates for their companies, they find it difficult to get the experienced ones.

The lack of an IT ecosystem in the region makes it difficult for the companies in the region to attract the experienced mid-level executives, he said.

Dheeraj Hejmady, another representative from the IT sector, said that the region wants at least five to six major IT players as anchors to boost the sector in the region. As of now, only Infosys has its presence in Mangaluru.

KN Praveen, General Manager of KBITS, said that the government has been encouraging start-ups with various incentives. There is a provision to set up ESDM (electronic system design manufacturing) cluster. The tier-II centres like Mangaluru should make best use of that, he said.

Ibrahim asked the KBITS to organize an event in Mangaluru to showcase the potential of the region as an IT destination. Representatives from major companies and start-ups and other IT stakeholders from the region will participate in the event scheduled for September, he said.

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