Present on the occasion were eminent personalities such as Mr. Anirudh Dhoot, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Electronics & Director, Videocon Industries Ltd., Mr. J.V. Ramamurthy, Co-Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Electronics & President & Chief Operating Officer, HCL Infosystems Ltd., Shri. Jiwesh Nandan, IAS Secretary Information Technology & Electronics Government of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Tamaki Tsukada, Minister Economics, Embassy of Japan, Mr. Ajay Shankar, IAS Member Secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) & Dr. Ajay Kumar, IAS Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology Ministry of Communication & Information Technology.
The day began with an inaugural speech by Mr. Anirudh Dhoot, Chairman - ASSOCHAM National Council on Electronics & Director, Videocon Industries Ltd. He addressed the dignitaries present and congratulated the department for renaming it as Department of Electronics & IT with renewed focus on the Electronics Sector.
ASSOCHAM has to its credit several initiatives taken towards the growth and benefit of the Industry. The recent National Policy on Electronics, 2012 by the Ministry of Communications and IT will extenuate the disability costs in ICTE manufacturing. The policy will help in making the industry more competitive, attract new investments, generate employment, create additional revenues and lead to lesser dependence on Imports.
ASSOCHAM has further been campaigning to support Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) thereby making ICTE manufacturing more competitive. The cluster concept imparts certain inherent natural manufacturing advantages of agglomeration and scale, bringing together required infrastructure, skills, and supporting institutions. The EMCs have potential advantages like increased productivity of the companies in the cluster, driving innovation, cutting down unproductive costs and reduction of costs through shared resources.