Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday approved the proposal for setting up an Integrated Technology Park and an IT concept city in Vishakhapatnam. He said that high-end skill university, incubation center, labs, CoES, IT, EC department office, state data centre, and IT towers should be present in the Park.
During a review meeting on Information Technology and Electronic Policy held here at the camp office, the Chief Minister said that Emerging Technologies University would be set up in Visakhapatnam to facilitate teaching and research on IT applications in the fields of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, blockchain technologies, data analytics sciences, advanced electronics, education, health, agriculture, water resources, etc.
The officials said that experts from various technological institutions including IITs would submit a report on the proposed university soon. The university should help the engineering students and other technical students to improve their skills and added that all the IT-related departments including the university should be in one place. The Chief Minister instructed the officials to set up IT concept cities in at least 2,000 acres in three places near Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Bangalore (in AP limits). He said the infrastructure in these concept cities should be of high standards and their architecture should be unique.
He added that each concept city should have a special master plan. He said every aspect in the policy should be transparent and contribute to IT progress and development of the state. He said ‘work from home’ has increased in the wake of the Covid pandemic and it should be promoted. He directed the officials to prepare the policy including government support to IT sector considering work from home in the wake of pandemic.
The CM asked the officials to focus on bringing as many industries as possible to create employment in Kopparthi electronic park. He directed the officials to focus on expanding the internet network and providing internet access to every village, setting up an internet library in villages, and improving skills in IT and other technological aspects.
“It’s important to provide internet facility in all villages within three years to develop IT industry and network should be strong failing which the targeted goals will not be achieved. Internet facility should be provided and internet library should be setup in every village and the facility should be useful to everyone,” he said. A building should be constructed for internet library and all facilities required from ‘work from home’ should be available in it. Secretariats and Rythu Bharosa Kendras in a village should be connected with internet and extended for domestic purpose as well, he added.
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