Four years of LDF Government: IT @ a glance Part II


Third IT Park of the State (Infopark at Koratty) starting operations in October 2009. First one was Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram in 1991. The second one was Infopark, Kochi in 2003.

The land was transferred in Jan-Feb 2009. Park made ready in about 8 months including designing, tendering and completion of work.   

Kerala State IT Infrastructure Company floated and functioning started. The KSITI has already initiated steps to develop the 10 IT Parks mentioned above. Steps have also been initiated to raise 49% equity from private placement. Expected private placement of equity is Rs.200 crores. SBI Market Caps has been selected as arranger. The private equity is likely to be raised during the middle of 2010-2011.

Expansion of Technopark

♦ Land more than three and a half times over the land acquired and provided in previous 15 years
♦ Buildings trebled over the buildings constructed in previous 15 years
♦ No. of companies more than doubled over the companies in the last 15 years
♦ Employment increased by one and half times over the employment created in previous 15 years
♦ Technocity and Technopark at Kollam started

Expansion of Infopark

♦ Number of employees increased 3500 to 9500
♦ New four lane road connecting Infopark to Seaport-Airport road near completion at estimated cost of Rs.30 crores. Completion by April 2010.
♦ Guest House for Infopark near completion at estimated cost of Rs.6 crores. Expected date of completion April 2010.
♦ Land more than four times as compared to May 2006
♦ Buildings nearly six times over the May 2006 status
♦ 5.5 lakh sq. ft. building Athulaya Infopark set to complete in April 2010. Estimated cost Rs.90 crores.
♦ Infoparks in Koratty already operational. Second phase work for Infopark in Koratty started.
♦ Work for Infoparks in Cherthala, Ambalapuzha in full swing. Will be made operational during 2010-2011.

Initiating IT industry in Malabar – Cyberpark

♦ Cyberpark society formed
♦ Professional CEO appointed
♦ Permission granted to Uralungal Labour Cooperative Society to set up IT SEZ in 25 acres of Cyberpark
♦ Land acquisition underway for remaining 40 acres
♦ Basic infrastructure development in Cyberpark Kannur initiated.

Reaching IT revolution to villages – Technolodges

♦ Scheme to set up small IT parks (Technolodges) in Panchayats initiated under Kerala State IT Infrastructure Ltd. Each park to have 50 to 100 employees.
♦ First two Technolodges launched in Kadakkal and Perinad Panchayats in Kollam in November 2009
♦ Administrative sanction given to 7 more Technolodges in the following areas:
1. Thirumarady Panchayat in Ernakulum District
2. Veliyam Panchayat in Kollam District
3. Anchal Panchayat in Kollam District
4. Poothakulam Panchayat in Kollam District
5. Mayyil Panchayt in Kannur District
6. Kodakkara block Panchayat in Thrissur District
7. Karimkunnam Panchayat in Idukki District

Revival of Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala

♦ 1 acre land allotted in Technopark
♦ Application made to AICTE for recognition of M Tech programmes
♦ Campus construction at an estimated cost of Rs.8 crores started. First phase completion by October 2010.

ICT Academy

A Government of India assisted Rs.14 crores ICT Academy sanction obtained. This would provide various training needs of IT industry. Being set up with private partnership in Technopark. The RFP under finalization. Expected to be floated by April / May 2010.


Launched SPEED-IT programme to increase the number of post-graduate students in IT and IT-related fields. Provides attractive scholarship to meritorious M Tech and PhD students. 200 M Tech and 10 PhD students during 2009-2010. This will help increase competitive edge of  Kerala as an IT destination.

New Kerala IT Brand created and under promotion

Guidelines for Private IT Parks

Government has announced guidelines for approving IT Parks by private parties thereby creating a transparent mechanism for recognizing IT Parks. These guidelines are available at the following website

Model finishing School

Model Finishing School set up at an estimated cost of Rs.1 crore. Another similar model Finishing School being set up in Kochi.

Centre for Training in FOSS

KSITM set up the Centre for Advanced Training in Free and Open Source Software (CATFOSS), in association with Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT) at ITeS Habitat, Ernakulam in 2008. A first-of-its-kind initiative in India, the aim of CATFOSS, which is designed as a Finishing School, is to propagate Open Source technology and provide optimal cost solutions for developing software tools and making available trained human resource that caters to the needs of the IT industry.
The CATFOSS is a spacious centrally air-conditioned furnished facility with a built-up area of 1136 sq.ft. A classroom cum computer lab with one-to-one computers has been set up to facilitate simultaneous theory sessions and hands-on practice.

The fist batch of CATFOSS passed out and achieved hundred percent placement. The second batch is under training.

PG diploma in e Governance

Kerala is the first State to have started a one year PG Diploma in E-governance. Being implemented by IIITMK and IMG jointly, the programme was started during academic year 2009-2010 and the first batch is undergoing training.


Source: I&PRD, Government of Kerala
Published on the occassion of the fourth anniversary of the LDF Government in Kerala

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