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|January 21, 1999||
STPI ties up with CMG GroupSoftware Technology Parks of India has entered an agreement with the US based CMG Group to set up a consortium of companies in India to tap software opportunities in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and Asia-Pacific countries.
The consortium would also work to disseminate 'common object request broker architecture' (Corba) in India.
The consortium would work towards repositioning India as a destination in Asia for component technology, which would be the thrust areas in the field of software in the coming days, STPI Director P S Narotra has said.
While infrastructure would be provided by STPI, CMG would give tecnological backup in the endeavour, narotra said.
As a first step, the consortium would first tap markets in SAARC countries and then extend this to Asia-Pacific region. It would take another six months to start exploring opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.
As many as 7,000 individual members, including 250 CEOs, have evinced interest in joining the consortium, CMG India President and CEO Sunil Dutt Jha said.
The consortium would start enrolling companies from March onwards. The government's target of exporting $50 billion worth of software by 2008 could not be fulfilled merely be setting the goal. It requires concrete efforts and setting up of the consortium is precisely that step, claimed Jha.
To realise the target, India should move up to the export of product and package software from the existing data related work.
India needs to sub-contract the data-related work to other countries and move up on the ladder to the product and packages, said Jha.
Dr Thomas Mowbray, CMG chairman, said Corba is the technology of the coming years, when component software would be the major area of work. While India missed the first phase of software revolution, it cannot afford to miss this change in the field. In this connection, CMG inaugurate India's first component academy yesterday in Madras.
This would be the first of about 22 component academies planned across India by March 2000. By 2003, CMG hopes to establish over 100 such institutes all over SAARC countries.
While these institutes would be run by other companies, the technology would be provided by CMG. The Madras institute would be run by Kashyap Radiant, Indian subsidiary of the US based Radiant Group.
"Our aim is to propel these institutes to the level of IIMS. Just as the latter are leading instututes in the field of management, we want to make the former important centres in component technology.''
Meanwhile, CMG also announced to set up the Corba professional year award and the component academy award. While the former would be set up on tomorrow, the latter would be launched next year.
CMG would also sign an MoU with the Indian Institute of Infromation Technology, Bangalore, to start a component academy masters programme, Jha said.
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