Kerala IT

Kerala IT is a Government of Kerala initiative offering a single window of opportunities to IT companies, professionals, investors, developers and service providers in Kerala, the southernmost state of the Republic of India. Today, there are about 10 IT parks spread across the state, and its IT exports are expected to cross the $1-billion mark during the financial year 2010-11. Kerala's IT sector spread across its 10 IT parks provides employment to about 200, 000 people today.

Kerala has developed its IT initiatives in a "hub and spoke model." The major IT parks in the state, namely Technopark Trivandrum, Infopark Kochi and Cyberpark Calicut, act as the IT hubs of the state.

 

Technolodges

A Technolodge is a small Information Technology park established by Government of Kerala in a small town or a village in Kerala[1][2]. Technolodges constitute the third tier of the IT infrastructure in Kerala after the three hubs at Thiruvananthapuram (Technopark), Kochi (InfoPark) and Kozhikode (Cyberpark) and the secondary spokes in other major cities and towns[3]. The Government has approved the setting up of two such parks in Kadakkal and Perinad Grama Panchayats in Kollam District[4]. The objective of the Technolodges scheme is to encourage IT-enabled Services and Business Process Outsourcing companies to operate from low cost rural centres and thereby to create employment in rural areas. The TechnoLodge centres will be set up in old unused government buildings, buildings belonging to government organizations, panchayaths or other local bodies. Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL) is the main implementing agency for this scheme.

Other IT related upcoming projects in the state include the prestigious SmartCity Kochi Project that is expected to generate almost 100, 000 jobs on completion and the HDIL CyberCity that promises to create 60,000 direct jobs and provide a built-up space of 10 million sq.ft. in the next nine years.