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Duvvada IT tower shelved, 2 out of 3 projects in Vizag abandoned


Andhra Pradesh government has unequivocally proclaimed numerous times to develop Vishakapatnam as IT destination, however the actions speak otherwise. The IT tower at the Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone (VSEZ) premises in Duvvada has been deferred. The structure worth 40crore rupees was supposed to come up over 2.5 acres with a plinth area of 1.09 lakh sqft with plug and play facilities for IT firms.

As per The Hindu, an unnamed BJP Member of Parliament confirmed that the project is shelved. The foundation stone was laid by Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and had funds sanctioned from a particular scheme. The validity of the sanction has lapsed and the centre is in no mood to revive it. The foundation stone was laid in August 2014 however, the funds from the centre were not released in 2015.

A total of three towers were proposed in the port-city. The first tower was proposed at Siripuram, the second at Duvvada and the third at Rushikonda. While the tower at Siripuram is progressing at snail pace, the Rushikonda tower got shelved due to poor response from private developers.

The only tower at Siripuram will be Boeing plane-shaped spread across 1.2 acres being built at cost of rupees 62.7 crores, for which Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad laid the foundation stone last year.

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IT companies may cold-shoulder BTech-only techies in future, says Mohandas Pai

Jobs would be hard to come by in the IT sector in future for youngsters who have only B Tech degree, and companies would prefer to hire post-graduates with specialised expertise, says an industry veteran.

In future, a B Tech is not adequate to get a good job, one must have an M Tech and specialisation, says T V Mohandas Pai, former HR head and ex-Chief Financial Officer of IT major Infosys.

“My advice to all the people in colleges: please do M Tech and specialise, and learn coding on your own by taking extra classes, because in future most companies will hire you based on your coding knowledge.

“They are not going to catch you raw and give you training for six months and pay for it. Why should they waste their time? They will test you on your coding skills and if you know very good coding, they will hire you,” Pai told PTI.

“In future if you want to have a job, you must have M Tech, you must know coding and you must be an expert. You must have some level of expertise,” he said.

When asked about salary of freshers not growing in the Information Technology (IT) industry in the past two decades, Pai termed it as a “great tragedy”. This is because the whole industry is not growing at a fast pace, he said.

“Supply (the number of software engineers) has gone up, (but commensurate) demand is not there,” said Pai, who is currently chairman of Manipal Global Education Services.

Global spending in IT is projected to grow only two per cent this year, a figure which was 3-4 per cent earlier. “That is also having an impact,” he said.

“No economy in the world can absorb one million engineers (who come out of colleges in India every year)… nowhere in the world, not even China can absorb. It’s too much,” he said.

Some reports indicate that as against offers of Rs 2.25 lakh per annum that used to go out for freshers two decades ago, they have risen only to Rs 3.5 lakh now, which suggests a decrease in real wages from an inflation-adjusted perspective.

Pai had said earlier this year that big IT services companies in India have “come together and talking to each other not to increase” the salary of freshers taking advantage of oversupply of software engineers at the entry level.

Pai, a member of the Board of Directors of National Stock Exchange of India Limited, rubbished reports indicating widespread job losses in the slowdown-hit IT industry.

“All these news are exaggerated. All these fears of job losses, people going away are exaggerated. There is no crisis. It’s part of normal attrition. Yes, every year the bottom 1-2 per cent (non-performers) are asked to go.

“If you look at data, there is nothing extraordinary happening about job losses. Why should anybody have sympathy for person (non-performers who are laid off) who is not working?” Pai, Chairman of Aarin Capital Partners, said.

He also accused people, who are making efforts to forge a union in IT industry, of trying to “create a hype, fear-mongering”.

“Nobody is supporting them. People who go with them will never get jobs,” he added.

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Naidu ropes in 28 IT companies for Amaravati


Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had successfully roped in over 28 IT companies to have their base in Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. During his tour in US, Chandrababu Naidu had met the representatives of the 28 IT companies and briefed them about the resources and opportunities that are available in Andhra Pradesh, particularly in Amaravati after the bifurcation. Dell, the computer major, had come forward to have its data center in Amaravati.

The IT companies like Premier IT solutions, GlobalOutlook, Tekpros, Arcus Technologies are a few among them, who had direct interaction with the Chief Minister. These companies will lease space in Visakhapatnam and Amaravati, respectively providing employment to 310 and 64 professionals in those units.

The Chief Minister in his address to these companies said that he is happy to see the conglomeration of U.S’s Telugu entrepreneurs. He said that most of the people who are now in US came with an idea to be professionals and now they have become entrepreneurs.

He urged the Telugus to mingle with the local communities and earn their confidence. Besides complimenting them for their active participation in smart village, smart ward programme, the Chief Minister requested them not to forget their birthplace and their native village. The Chief Minister called upon the Telugus to participate in the development of the State. He said that the skills and knowledge acquired by the Telugus here will be very useful for the development of Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister asked them to start their operations in Andhra Pradesh initially and expand to others parts of India later. I want Indians to be in the forefront in the world and among them Telugus should be the foremost, that’s my dream, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also held interaction with the director of Bell Helicopters and requested him to have their helicopter manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh.

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Hyd cabs told not to pick up strangers en route


The cabs drivers in Hyderabad, attached to different IT companies through their cab operators, have been advised against giving lifts to strangers.

The cab drivers have been asked to be extra cautious in view of increasing security threats. Kukatpally ACP Ashok Kumar said except for the employees of designated companies, the cab drivers should not transport any stranger. He said some drivers transport passengers, waiting at bus stops or roadside, to make some extra money. However, he warned this could prove fatal for the entire society as these cabs could be used by suspected persons to carry out their illegal activities.
Ashok addressed the fifth Training and Appraisal Session organised by Telangana State Cabs and Bus Operators Association (TSCBOA) in collaboration with Cyberabad Police and Society for Cyberabad Security Council at Novatis at Madhapur here Saturday,

The training session was also addressed by Krishna Yedula of Cyberabad Traffic Forum, Shankar of Cyberabad Traffic Training Institute and TSCBOA President Syed Nizamuddin.

The experts asked cabs drivers to play an active role in making Hyderabad a safe city. They also asked them to coordinate with the She Teams to ensure safety of women passengers. The drivers were given a Power Point presentation and various clips of women’s safety and traffic rules.

The TSCBOA President informed that the first phase of socio-economic survey of drivers working in Hyderabad was nearing completion. He said that the findings of the survey were quite surprising. It has been found that several highly educated youth are working as cab drivers due to poverty. He said based on the findings, the State and Central Governments would be approached with specific demands to improve the living conditions of all drivers. He also urged the drivers to submit the filled survey forms at the earliest.

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