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Microsoft, Intel invited to set up facilities in UP

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Apr 2 (UNI) Global IT majors Microsoft Corporation and Intel have been invited by the Uttar Pradesh government to set up facilities in the state.

The two MNCs and other of the ilk have been promised 100-200 acres of land in the industrial corridor of Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) between Lucknow and Kanpur, if they decide to invest in the region.

Addressing a select gathering after inaugurating 'UP IT Expo Infocom 2K6' here yesterday, UP Development Council (UPDC) Chairman and ruling Samajwadi Party National General secretary Amar Singh said he would soon discuss the matter with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Major international and national IT firms are participating in the three-day fair.

Mr Singh also emphasised that the MNCs should look beyond Noida and Greater Noida in UP.

''Noida and Greater Noida have the advantage of proximity with the national capital. Since land space has saturated in Delhi, the MNCs prefer these two industrial hubs to set up units.'' However the companies should look beyond Noida and Greater Noida,'' he said.

''Lucknow and Kanpur have immense potential to become IT hubs since they have IIM and IIT respectively apart from several other reputed institutes, which means there is no crunch of quality human capital in this region.'' Underlining IT budget should be hiked to accelerate growth in the sector, the UPDC chairperson asserted that UP could have its own silicon valley on the lines of Bangalore.

''There is a body of IT professionals in USA called 'The Indus Entrepreneur' (TIE), which comprises 60 per cent people of UP origin. The need is to involve such brains in the development of this state,'' he added.

Microsoft in association with chip maker Intel has also announced a multi-dimensional partnership with the UP government to help accelerate IT usage in the state.

The strategic areas identified for the partnership include, joint efforts for delivering affordable personal computer (PC) options, ushering in e-governance, accelerating IT literacy and enabling access to technology in UP rural areas.


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