Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian IT industry should leverage its strengths to gain better visibility and expand its operations in the global arena, Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan said here on Saturday. He was speaking on ‘IT Vision 2020’ at the valedictory function of the Kerala IT.Com 2008 at the Technopark campus. Mr. Gopalakrishnan said India accounted for a fraction of the $1.3 trillion global IT industry. “We must gain more prominence globally and contribute more, which is definitely possible,” he said. Lauding Kerala for its initiatives in the sector, he said the State had become one of the most sought- after IT destinations in India.

“The Indian IT industry works on a few conducive factors like cost advantage, demographic advantage, IT-viable ecosystem, and quick adoption to latest technology. We can use these advantages for some more years but then the dynamics of the industry will change. Therefore it is imperative that India uses this period to plan and get ready for the real action,” he said. Highlighting the main areas that the country needed to become a major IT force, he called for policy initiatives for the development of infrastructure including integrated townships. Delivering the valedictory address, Minister for Law M. Vijayakumar said Thiruvananthapuram was poised to become the IT corridor of Kerala.

Mr. Vijayakumar revealed that the government was planning the third phase of expansion of Technopark on 100 acres of acquired land. The government is also acquiring 500 acres near Technopark for the Technocity project, he added.

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