Mr. M. Sivasankar IAS
Secretary (Electronics & IT),
Government of Kerala
Kerala has emerged as first ‘Digital State’ in the Country, a feat realized through the visionary measures of the Government to open up the doors of digital literacy to its citizens to make God’s own country the first ‘e-literate’ State, through launching the Akshaya Project and IT@School programme way back in 2002.
The proactive policy of the State Government in allowing the telecom service providers to network the State through Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) has enabled its citizens to get online, both through broadband and mobile. Kerala had established its first State Data Centre (SDC) in 2005 to deliver e-Governance services. This was further strengthened with the setup of second SDC in 2011, which is offering industry leading cloud infrastructure and enhancement to core connectivity infrastructure such as Kerala State Wide Area Network (KSWAN), National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) and National Knowledge Network (NKN).
Kerala IT has emerged as virtual brand as the state has recognized the significance of the ICT as the key vehicle for the overall equitable development and reiterates its commitment to the sector specific deliverables throughout the state with a brand recognition
The objective is to establish Kerala as a leading and the best IT destination by generating direct and indirect employment opportunities in the IT sector whereby improving the socio-economic development of the state.
The IT policy frame work has been strategically defined with a clear focus on building of necessary technological infrastructure for creation of an environment favourable to ICT development; enhancing the necessary human capital required to both produce and use innovative technologies through education and skill building; and establishing Kerala as an IT industry destination by attracting investments from within and outside the region. Ensuring citizen centric digital economy dovetailing innovative ideas and the vibrant startup ecosystem
Kerala IT provides a premium quality infrastructure space at various strategical locations spread across the state with an edge on cost competiveness with an excellent digital connectivity with a brand recognition ensuring the enterpreneur’s, Startups, SME’s and multinational companies a highly secured environment with all supporting facilities and creating a self-sustainable IT ecosystem.
Kerala IT has gained a significant importance and has been a beneficiary of the state's continuous revival of the IT policy frame work in line to the changing trends and the disruptive digital technology.