ICT solutions for digital and smart Gujarat
With the ambition to working closely with the smart cities initiative taken by the Government of India, FICCI in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat organised a seminar with the theme 'ICT Solutions for Digital and Smart Gujarat' in Ahmedabad on May 16, 2016. The objective was to promote next generation ICT initiatives for smart city developments. It was organized in association with Infocomm International (Global ICT Association). The seminar was addressed by Dhananjay Dwivedi, Secretary, Science and Technology Department, Government of Gujarat, Prof. Rajnikant Patel, Honorary Director, Graduate School of Smart Cities Development (GSSCD) Gujarat Technological University, Jonathan Seller, Senior Director of Development (Asia/Pacific), InfoComm International and Richard Tan, Executive Director, InfoComm Asia.
It was followed by a panel discussion on 'Building Digital & Smart Gujarat - Emerging partnerships and business opportunities in ICT'. The panelists included Siraj Siddique, Head – IT, Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, Jayesh Solanki, Chairman, Computer Society of India, Sunil Shah, Chairman, Gujarat Innovation Society, Kaushik
Pandya, Founder President, Federation of IT Association of Gujarat, Vivek Ogra, Vice Chairman and Director, GESIA IT Association, Jonathan Seller and Shinoj Nair, General Manager, ICT, GIFT City. With speakers convening from the government and industry, the seminar brought together public and private sectors to further identify solutions for moving towards a digitally smarter Gujarat.
In his opening remarks Rajiv Vastupal, Chairman, FICCI Gujarat State Council, mentioned, “Gujarat, as a state has scored very high in several aspects -- rise in per capita income, industrial investment, uninterrupted power supply to industry and villages, computerization of electricity board, investment in basic infrastructure, increased literacy ratio, water conservation and utilization and others. Now it is time for the state to take a plunge in to the IT and ITES sector.”
Talking about the initiatives under Digital Gujarat, Dhananjay Dwivedi, Secretary, Science and Technology Department, Government of Gujarat, focused on the country's first state-wide grievances redressal system which has a four-tier structure covering for gram, taluka, district, and state.
The Global Trade Association for ICT industries have joined hands with FICCI to create awareness on ICT solutions and practices that lay the foundation for India's growing ICT market, and for its success in creating digitalized and smarter cities. The event was also supported by Computer Society of India, Ahmedabad, Federation of IT Association of Gujarat, Gujarat Innovation Society and GESIA IT Association.
The seminar discussions revolved around ICT solutions and the government's vision for Digital and Smart Gujarat; emerging partnerships and business opportunities in ICT; and increased involvement of industry and achieving faster growth.
L to R: Sarika Gulyani, Additional Director, FICCI; Richard Tan, Executive Director, InfoComm Asia; Rajiv Vastupal, Chairman, FICCI – Gujarat State Council; Dhananjay Dwivedi, Secretary, Science and Technology Department, Government of Gujarat; Jonathan Seller, Senior Director of Development (Asia/Pacific), InfoComm International and Prof. Rajnikant Patel, Honorary Director, Graduate School of Smart Cities Development (GSSCD) Gujarat Technological University.