By Dr Ajay Kumar, jt secy, DietY

“With a full-fledged state-of-the-art fab coming up in India, we will enter into the elite league of nations to have this facility”

By Dr Ajay Kumar, jt secy, DietY Monday, October 07, 2013: Three cheers to the government for having given green signal to the setting up of semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities (fabs) in India. With a full-fledged, state-of-the-art fab coming to India, we will enter into the elite league of nations which have this facility. This is [...]

Dr. Ajay Kumar
Joint Secretary, DeitY

“Promoting startup incubators is an important part of the policy.”

We are processing proposals from International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore and Delhi University. It is likely that the startup incubators will draw from the Rs 10,000-crore Electronic Development Fund. Dr. Ajay Kumar said in the backdrop of the Government of India finalising plans to fund and incubate technology startups that specialise in Electronics.


“We may expect a few more clusters getting approved in August”

July 2013 The month of July was very special. It saw several new landmarks from the Electronics System design and Manufacturing perspective. It saw the first three approvals under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (Modified SIPS) being handed over. It saw the in-principle approvals to three Greenfield Electronic Manufacturing Clusters in the country being approved [...]

“The Indian market requires products customized to address the needs of its people and their environment”

June 2013 The National Policy on Electronics is about Electronics System Design and Manufacturing. The financial incentives for electronics manufacturing have focused attention on manufacturing more than on the design and software side of the policy. The design aspect starts from the initial designing of chips, development of embedded software, and includes, board design, product design and any [...]

“The idea is to take up projects in Brownfield EMCs, which could provide greater competitiveness to existing units”

May  2013 There is increasing awareness about the opportunities in the ESDM sector. About a year back, most people had doubts if India could become a competitive destination to do electronics design and manufacturing. When the Government came out with new policy initiatives, there was lack of awareness regarding the initiatives. Now both of that seem to [...]

“Responsiveness to requests for investment is critical to the success of the new policy initiatives”

April 2013 The first few applications under Modified SIPS have been recommended by the Appraisal Committee. Within couple of months, the Appraisal Committee have considered these applications and made its recommendations, recommending incentives under the scheme. The Appraisal committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Rajiv Gauba, Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT meets every week so that [...]

“The momentum of investment in India is increasing steadily”

March 2013 The Budget Speech of Hon’ble Finance Minister has provided several announcements which would support manufacturing in the electronics sector. Apart from major announcement regarding semiconductor wafer fab, there is additional duty on Set Top Boxes which would make it competitive for both domestic players as well as global players to consider manufacturing in India. Our [...]

“Develop the industry which is good in quality, safe and also specific to India”

February 2013 The Electronics and Information Technology Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2012 shall come into force on April 3, 2013. As the date of implementation approaches, frenetic activity is seen for getting the products registered. The Department of Electronics and IT is also gearing itself to cater to the need of the industry. We owe [...]

“The jobs are going to come from manufacturing-electronics manufacturing”

January 2013 I write this editorial from San Jose, California in the USA. We are here in a delegation led by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of Communications and IT promoting investments in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing sector. Earlier this month, the Minister had a Round Table with industry captains in New Delhi to discuss opportunities in [...]

“2013 beckons ESDM sector to make India its new home”

With more and more people coming to know about the new policies for ESDM, there is sense of excitement and expectation. Several companies/people have told me they are planning to take advantage of the policies. Some thoughts on how the Modified SIPS and Electronics Manufacturing Clusters scheme can be made maximum use of. First the EMC scheme: [...]