NEWS-INDIA: IT minister urges industry to develop hardware side of IT bi

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    • IT minister urges industry to develop hardware side of IT biz
      
      from India Abroad News Service
      
      New Delhi, Dec 16 - Information Technology Minister Pramod Mahajan has asked
      Indian industry to develop the hardware side of the information technology
      (IT) business with the same degree of innovation and dedication as has been
      done with software.
      
      Expressing the government's confidence in the power of technology to provide
      India the economic sovereignty, he assured the industry of the government's
      support on infrastructure building and the provision of a level playing
      field.
      
      Mahajan was speaking at the panel discussion on India Technology Inc. - Fact
      or Fantasy - organized by publication house Hindustan Times' weekly
      technology feature HT Tech 4U, here.
      
      "Nothing has caught the minds of people quite like IT since India's struggle
      for independence," a company press statement quoted him as saying.
      
      Chief Vigilance Commissioner N. Vittal said that India could become a
      technology superpower by focusing on the "4C mantra" - customer,
      competition, convergence and commitment.
      
      The horizon spells boom for the Indian economy, provided the government,
      industry and people continue to synergise their efforts in that direction,
      he said adding that all leading basic technologies such as biotechnology,
      robotics, telecommunications, civil aviation are all being powered by IT.
      
      Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and group managing director of Bharti
      Enterprises, pointed out that IT and telecom sectors provided the
      opportunities to create islands of excellence for India to excel in.
      
      Expressing the concern of the industry, Manoj Chugh, president (India and
      SAARC) of Cisco, said that the pace of development of basic infrastructure,
      the progress of which impinges on the pace of growth in software
      development, is holding India back from becoming the leader in technology.