The Karnataka government has announced that it will hold this year's IT expo, Bangalore IT.biz 2009, from 11-14 November at the spacious Palace Grounds in the city. This will be the 12th annual edition of the event to be held in the IT capital of India.
At a press conference clearly designed to be a curtain raiser to the event, the state's minister for information technology and biotechnology Katta Subramanya Naidu said that about 800 software companies would be invited to participate, and 800 students who make the cut in a competition would be given employment on the spot.
Bangalore IT.biz 2009 is being organised by the state's department of IT, BT and science & technology and Software Technology Parks of India – Bangalore, in partnership with the government of Mexico.
''The focus of this year's competition will be on degree students. An opportunity will also be provided to students to exhibit their inventions at the Mela. Ratan Tata, Narayan Murthy, Mukesh Ambani and Azim Premji have been invited and like in the previous year, the partner country for the event would be Mexico,'' Naidu said.
The minister also said that a new policy for information technology, including the semiconductor and hardware sectors, would be announced in a couple of months. ''The government is committed to encourage the industry - we have about 7000-8000 acres of land, which will be given to IT entrepreneurs,'' he added.
Naidu was emphatic about the fact that ''the state still stands at number one in the country in terms of IT exports''. Despite the downturn, IT exports from the state stand at Rs71,000 crore a year, he said.
The 12th edition of the annual IT event Bangalore IT.biz will be held for three days from November 11 at the Palace Grounds here. It would also serve to complement the Global Investors meet to be held in January.