According to the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Gujarat is all set to drive the IT growth in the next decade with its improved IT infrastructure and education. According to Som Mittal, President of the IT industry body, while currently six cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune form 90% of total IT industry, newer cities like Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mysore and Chandigarh will drive it in the next decade. It was at Vibrant Gujarat IT Summit organised by Gujarat Informatics Limited, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat along with NASSCOM and Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) that Mittal described that he believes that 40% of IT services work happening from outside of these six cities, including Ahmedabad.
Suggesting steps to grow further as an IT hub in the next decade, Mittal said that Gujarat can help small companies emerging out of the state to grow as well as attract large companies from outside. Ravi Saxena, additional chief secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of Gujarat added that Gujarat has been on one of the states who have been implementing the key egovernance infrastructure, policies and projects.
Apart from Mittal, the speaker list at the summit also included representatives of Mahindra Satyam, HCL Infosystems Ltd, Mindtree, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, among others.