GTech: From Technopark to Technology Companies

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Tvm: GTech, the Group of Technopark Companies is undergoing a transformation from its present form to the Group of Technology Companies. This was announced by V K Mathews, President, GTech today. GTech will thus be a strategic grouping of IT & ITeS Companies from the Government IT Parks in Kerala.

The Group of Technopark Companies was founded in 2000 by the CEO’s of the companies in Technopark as a non-profit organisation. Today majority of the companies in Technopark are members of GTech. But in the last ten years the Kerala IT industry has grown beyond Technopark and in the last Annual General Meeting of GTech held in February 2010, it was decided to broaden the network and look beyond Technopark.

Briefing the media, VK said that GTech is equivalent to Nasscom in Kerala. GTech wants to be seen as an organisation complimenting and partnering with the Government and its agencies to promote not just Technopark but the entire Kerala as a preferred IT destination to companies around the world. At the same time they also want to limit their activities to companies which are based in Government owned IT Parks, namely Infopark, Cyberpark and the several new smaller IT parks at Kundara, Chertalla or Ambalapuzha. They are also expecting the companies from Technolodges to join them, as and when they start.

The main focus area of GTech remains to promote the cause of the community of IT companies in Kerala. It’s the forum where matters of common interest could be discussed and resolved while articulating the consensual views of its members to the Government, regulatory agencies, media, the general public and foreign community.

One of the new initiatives planned is be to promote the small and medium companies in the IT parks. The bigger companies can mentor these SMEs. GTech also want to provide a platform for these companies to showcase themselves so as to get VC funding or to do overseas promotion.

Another initiative is the tie-up with several professional bodies outside India which can benefit the members. The Internship programme for Management Students from Singapore is a step in this direction.

GTech is also planning to increase their activities under Corporate Social Responsibility. The conference on ‘Re-Engineering the Kerala Agriculture Sector: Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture’ in January 2010 is an example of this initiative. They brought bring 55 farmers from different parts of Kerala to attend this one day conference in Technopark.

GTech now has a new team steering the activities for the next two years with V K Mathews, Chairman & CEO, IBS Group as the new President and K Nanadakumar, President & CEO, SunTec Business Solutions as the Vice President. Anoop P Ambika, CEO, Kreara solutions and Syed Ibrahim, MD, Palnar Transmedia is the Secretary and Treasurer respectively. They will have a new road map to make GTech as a catalyst in promoting and positioning Brand Kerala. They want to leverage on the global connections and the vast expertise of Mathews and Nandakumar, especially to benefit the Small and Medium companies and help them set new benchmarks.

Anil Philip

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