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Bangalore IT.com in October

The Bangalore IT.com 2006 will be organized for four days from October 28, 2006 in Bangalore.

Announcing this at the launch of year-long silver jubilee celebrations of IT giant Infosys in Mysore on July 30, Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy said that the Vision Group on IT, headed by Infosys Chief Mentor N.R.Narayana Murthy would soon meet under his guidance and decide on the Bangalore IT.com.

“This event would be just prior to our State reaching its 50th birthday on November 1, 2006. It would be a fitting prelude to the celebration of ‘Severna Karnataka.’

Paying rich tributes to Infuses and its founder-mentor Narayana Murthy, about whose company he was critical some time back, Kumaraswamy said that the State Government would also like to avail Murthy’s services and benefit from his vision, enormous experience and sincere desire to work for Karnataka, after he formally steps down from the helm of affairs of Infosys, after he turns 60 in August.

“This presents us with an opportunity. Surely, a talent like his cannot be allowed to remain untapped. It is too precious a commodity whose full potential cannot remain unexploited. We have a vision group on IT that Narayana Murthy heads. All knowledge based industries like IT, BT and high precision engineering including nanotechnology-based enterprises have a bright future in the State. It is my intention to use the services of Narayana Murthy so that my government can be suitably advised about addressing these aspects,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the venture capital fund for knowledge-based industries, which he had announced about two months ago, would become functional soon. All the preparatory work to establish this fund is in full swing and young entrepreneurs could take benefit of it. His government would like to promote Tier II cities like Mysore, Mangalore and Udupi, which are firmly on their way to achieving excellent results in IT enabled services field. Hubli-Dharward and Belgaum are picking up. The ‘Destination Hubli’ organized in May had received encouraging response from intending investors there. Places in northern Karnataka like Gulbarga, Bidar and Raichur, which are conveniently located near Hyderabad, could also be attractive destinations for ITeS industries in future, the Chief Minister said.

Hailing the contribution of Infosys to the country and Karnataka, Kumaraswamy said, “Infosys has become more than just a brand. It is today a legend. It has become an internationally recognized name for success, innovation, and above all, humility. Narayana Murthy, who stands as a colossus in the Indian business world, rose to the present status from a very humble origin. He continues to be full of humility even though he is counted among the most important business leaders of the 21st century, not only in India but the world as a whole.”

“We in Karnataka are justifiably proud of Infosys and more so of the people who founded this company,” he added.

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