Move aside Bangalore, as Kolkata gears up to become IT hub

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Kolkata, Jul 15: If Mamata Banerjee can manage to do what she says then Kolkata might soon be on its way to become the next IT destination in India. The newly-elected chief minister of the state is surely going all-out to ensure that she restores West Bengal and Kolkata to its halcyon days.

West Bengal is trying to avail the services of Narayan Murthy and Sam Pitroda as chief mentor and chairman of its expert committee, respectively. Kiran Karnik, Former Nasscom Head and Kris Gopalakrishnan, the CEO of Infosys have also been asked to be part of the committees that will help West Bengal make the turn around as an IT hub.

Partha Chatterjee, the IT and Industry Minister of West Bengal government has been quoted as saying, "We have asked Narayan Murthy to be the chief mentor of the groups along with Sam Pitroda as the chairman."

Not only that, the state government is also going all-out to revamp the prestigious Presidency University and has roped in the services of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen to advise a ten-member group on that.

The Nobel Laureate and Advisor to Presidency Mentor Group Amartya Sen has been quoted as saying, "It's not just Presidency University, the government has to also look at other institutes like Jadavpur University and BESU."

Kolkata, which has often been the pioneer in transformational changes that have affected India has fallen way behind Bangalore and Hyderabad as an IT destination. Not only that, it also has lost many a talents to other parts of the country, as they move out of the state in search of better jobs and opportunities.

If Mamata really gets to do what she is trying to then it might mark as a renaissance for the City of Joy. And India's growth story will surely get an added boost.

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