NASSCOM sets up eastern regional council in Kolkata news
17 July 2008

Mumbai: The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), the premier trade body representing the Indian IT-BPO industry, has announced the setting up its eastern region council in Kolkata.

Led by VVR Babu of ITC, the council is currently represented by 12 member companies from Kolkata and the eastern region.

NASSCOM is setting up regional councils across the country to specifically focus on issues, which are unique to regions. The ERC is the first such council to be formed.

NASSCOM also shared highlights from the NASSCOM-AT Kearney study on 'Location roadmap for IT- BPO growth: Assessment of 50 leading cities' on the three cities from West Bengal, namely Kolkata, Siliguri and Durgapur.

As per the report findings, Kolkata has been classified as a leader location; Siliguri and Durgapur as aspirant locations.

 ''We presented the findings of the NASSCOM AT Kearney report and the buoyant mood of the discussion reflects the high interest level of the government in furthering IT in the state. The group also discussed specific issues for the eastern region and as a next step the ERC would work out more specific recommendations to be presented,'' said Som Mittal, president, NASSCOM.

''The group deliberated on the various action points that flow from the recommendations of the report, in addition to the integrated township model, and concluded that all locations including Kolkata, Siliguri and Durgapur will need to do a lot to be able to tap into the IT opportunity that exists, and this needs to be done now,'' he added.

''With significant growth in IT industry's presence in east India, the ERC, under NASSCOM will work towards enabling the further growth of the industry in the region,'' said VVR Babu, Sr vice president, ITC Infotech.

NASSCOM had announced its Kolkata office in June 2007.


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NASSCOM sets up eastern regional council in Kolkata