GESIA to focus on innovation, IPR

GESIA to focus on innovation, IPR

Pankaj Shah was elected president of the IT body. Jay Ruparel & Sudhir Naik were chosen vice-presidents of GESIA. The IT body forms two new committees, elects new set of office-bearers for the same
Gujarat Electronics & Software Industries Association (GESIA) has decided to focus on supporting innovation, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). GESIA, with its 340 information and communication companies, also recently chose new office bearers and formed two new committees for innovation, IPR and government liasioning.

In the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association held last week, Pankaj Shah (CMD of GlobalTech) was elected president of the IT body. CEO of Azure Knowledge Corporation, Jay Ruparel, and vice-president of eInfochips, Sudhir Naik, were chosen vice-presidents of GESIA. Vivek Ogra (Director – VBSoft) is now secretary while TPS Oberoi (Executive Director of Cygnet InfoTech) is treasurer of the industries body.

One of the newly formed committees of GESIA – IPR and VC Facilitator – will focus on bringing to the fore innovation by students and the new generation of information technology firms, said Nikhil Jain, who was appointed chairman of the committee. “We want to help them in patents for their initiatives and products,” added Jain. He is also COO & President of Elitecore Technologies. The Government Liasioning Committee will be chaired by Vipul Thakkar, MD of Silver Touch Technologies. Talking about the new IT policy of Gujarat Government, Ruparel said GESIA is working with the government by giving inputs. “Centre had come up with an electronics policy last year.

We are expecting Gujarat’s IT policy to have special focus on electronics. The new IT policy is expected to be announced soon,” said Ruparel. GESIA is an IT industries body of 340 firms, but estimates suggest that there are about 1,200 IT companies in Gujarat who aren’t members of GESIA. “In 2011-12, there were 200 IT companies in Gujarat that were making exports worth Rs1,100 crore. It 2012-13, the registered companies under STPI reduced to 200 from 80, but exports increased to Rs1,500 crore,” said Pankaj Shah, the newly appointed president of GESIA. “We assume that the overall exports must be much higher than the reported figure,” he added. Shah is expecting is expecting 20% growth in exports this fiscal.

Source: DNA Money

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