Kal­aburagi: Largely Un­tapped IT Mar­ket

As com­pared to eco­nom­i­cally and com­mer­cially de­vel­oped cities like Ban­ga­lore, Kal­aburagi is still be­hind in the list of de­vel­oped tier 3 cities in the coun­try

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Kal­aburagi, also known as Gul­barga is pop­u­lar for its Su­fism and tourism. The city is fa­mous for its lime­stone de­posits and rich nat­u­ral re­sources and its con­tri­bu­tion in the field of education. How­ever, as com­pare to eco­nom­i­cally and com­mer­cially de­vel­oped cities like Ban­ga­lore, Kal­aburagi is still be­hind in the list of de­vel­oped tier 3 cities in the coun­try.

EDUCATION HUB

Kal­aburagi is known as the ‘City of Education’ for its in­sti­tu­tions man­aged by the pri­vate and the govern­ment sec­tor. The city has the Gul­barga Univer­sity, es­tab­lished in 1980. There are 230 col­leges af­fil­i­ated with this univer­sity of­fer­ing grad­u­ate/diploma cour­ses in arts, fine arts, mu­sic, so­cial sci­ences, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, com­merce, education and law. The city has sev­eral nurs­ing schools, med­i­cal col­leges and en­gi­neer­ing col­leges. There­fore, there is no scarcity of man­power re­sources in Kal­aburagi. How­ever, it re­quires to be chan­nel­ized in a ap­pro­pri­ate way to push the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire district.

TOURIST AT­TRAC­TION

Kal­aburagi is pop­u­lar for its Su­fism and tourism. The city is well known for its many places of ar­chi­tec­tural, his­tor­i­cal and religious im­por­tance. It is called one of the Sufi cities hav­ing fa­mous religious places, like Kh­waja Banda Nawaz Dar­gah and La­dle Mashak in Aland taluk of Gul­barga District and it has many other fa­mous places like Sha­rana Basavesh­wara Tem­ple and Bud­dha Vihar. There are many at­trac­tions in Kal­abur- agi: Bah­mani fort, Tomb of first Bah­mani Sul­tan Hasan, Govern­ment Mu­seum, Holkonda fort, Feroz­abad fort, Shara na ba save sh war Tem­ple, ShriK she tr a Gana­ga­pur (Gana­ga­pur), a well-known pil­grim­age site of the god Shri Sadguru Dat­ta­treya Narasimha Saraswati, Sri Hu­lakan­thesh­war Tem­ple (Herur B), and the Ghathargi Bha­gaya­vanti Tem­ple, on the bank of the Bhima River.

GROWTH OF IT

Kal­aburagi is an in­dus­tri­ally back­ward district, but is show­ing signs of growth in the ce­ment, tex­tile, leather and chem­i­cal in­dus­tries. The city is rapidly ur­ban­iz­ing with the in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment. How­ever, the IT in­dus­try is still in a nascent phase in Kal­aburagi. IT MNCs are not keen to ex­plore the po­ten­tials here. In or­der to boost the IT growth, the Govern­ment of Kar­nataka set up IT park in Kal­aburagi. The in­fra­struc­ture cre­ated in the IT Park has all mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing in-built power backup sys­tem and cen­tralised air con­di­tion­ing for all the flour floors. How­ever, it has so far failed to at­tract IT gi­ants. Slow in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment could be the rea­son for lack of in­ter­est of the ven­dors to in­vest in the city. The IT hard­ware busi­ness in Kal­aburagi is grow­ing steadily. Al­most all brands are present in the city and around 50 odd IT re­sellers are lead­ing the chan­nel busi­ness here. Like any tier 3 city, IT re­sellers in Kal­aburagi also face the com­peti- tion from OLS and out­siders.

THE WAY AHEAD

Kal­aburagi can be con­sid­ered as one of the un­ex­plored IT mar­kets with huge busi­ness prospects. How­ever, it needs at­ten­tion from the govern­ment as well as the IT gi­ants. With no scarcity of re­sources and man­power, Kal­aburagi is a place hav­ing prospects for the fastest de­vel­op­ment in the en­tire State of Kar­nataka.

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