Achievements In The First 100 Days
- The Government highlighted its commitment to foster tech entrepreneurship by successfully organising a grand event in the form of the Bangalore Tech Summit.
- The Government launched the Global Innovation Alliances Market Access Program (GIA MAP) at Bengaluru Tech Summit 2019 to assist start-ups in entering new markets, establish international partnerships, and increase global sales. Through this program, start-up ecosystems of Karnataka and the GIA partner involved will benefit mutually by sending and receiving start-ups. The startup exchanges are being planned with Germany, Australia and the Netherlands.
- The State Government has set up the Karnataka Innovation Authority (KIA) to empower startups and support their latest methods in the field of innovation. The KIA provides the enabling framework for the creation of Regulatory Sandboxes in the state. Karnataka has obtained the distinction of establishing the first Non Sector Specific (i.e All Sector) Regulatory Sandbox in the world.
- The State Government launched a Vision Group for Startups to ensure constructive engagement with the start-up ecosystem and help in transforming Karnataka into a hub for innovation.
- The government has announced that Bangalore would get free WiFi hotspots. The government has agreed to facilitate ACT Fibernet in providing free WiFi connectivity with around 4000 hotspots across the city and one-hour 1GB free internet connectivity / day.
- The government in collaboration with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) launched the Bioincubator Centre at Manipal on 25 October to nurture innovations and push innovative ideas towards product commercialisation. This world class bio-incubation space with cutting edge access to expertise and infrastructure is for start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators, faculty and students.
- The State Government has announced the second cohort of 14 Bio-startups under the Karnataka Bio-Startup Advancement Program (K-SAP BIO 50) by exchange of agreements between selected startups and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP). This program mentors the Bio-startups and helps them improve their ideas in order to succeed the vibrant biotech ecosystem of the State.
Budget Announcements In 2020
- A Detailed Project Report will be made for establishment of Karnataka Urban Observatory. This will showcase e-governance administration, assist data driven policy making and encourage open data usage.
- Proposal has been made to establish an “Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage Manufacturing Cluster” at the fifth stage of Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) industrial area in the Harohalli taluk of Ramanagara district. A grant of Rs.10 crore is earmarked for this purpose.
- Proposal has been made to establish a “Defense and Aerospace Equipment Manufacturing Cluster” in the industrial area of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) at Haralur Muddenahalli of Bengaluru Rural District.
- It is proposed to establish a “Center for Smart Manufacturing” institute in Bengaluru in association with industries to deliver smart manufacturing technology to the small and micro industries of the State. A grant of Rs 5 crore will be earmarked for this purpose.
- In order to consolidate and integrate all innovative activities of the State, an “Innovation Hub” will be established with an expenditure of Rs. 4 crore.
- Proposal has been made to establish a Centre of Excellence for Efficiency Augmentation with the collaboration of STPI with an expenditure of Rs.30 crore.
- Proposal has been made to establish an “Artificial Intelligence Research Translation Park’’ in association with Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. For this purpose, a corpus grant of Rs.60 crore will be provided during next three years.
- Centre of Agro-Innovation in Bengaluru Bioinnovation Centre (BBC) would be set up to drive entrepreneurship in agriculture and allied sectors with an expenditure of Rs 20 crore.
- It is proposed to set up Karnataka Technology Mission for investment promotion and attracting foreign investment. Rs.7 crore would be provided for this.
- Karnataka contributes to about 34% of India’s $ 60 billion bio economy, which is expected to reach $100 billion by 2025. Government will commission an in-depth study for drawing a roadmap and strategy to increase the contribution of Karnataka to 50% by 2025.
- Proposal has been made to establish a Centre of Excellence in the matter of ‘internet of ethical things’ will be established in collaboration with the World Economic Forum of Davos. For the said Centre, the State Government will provide a financial assistance of Rs 30 crore in five years. A grant of Rs 7.5 crore will be provided during the year 2020-21.
- ‘Acceleration programme’ will be launched to accelerate the entry of startups into domestic and foreign markets. A grant of Rs. 3 crore will be provided during the year 2020-21.
- The current ‘Mobile Digital Planetariums’ which are operational in 11 districts will be extended to cover five other districts of the State with an expenditure of Rs. 5 crore.
- ‘Science Talent Search’ programme would be started to identify and nurture talented students studying in Pre-University Colleges. About 500 students will be selected and mentored for 2 years by premier science institutes. The selected students will be given a monthly scholarship of Rs.1000.
New Initiatives In Light Of Covid-19
- The state government developed a data analysis tool in collaboration with NASSCOM which can provide all the relevant Covid-19 related information including source of infection, its classification, infection rate, statistical information, detecting the infection as well as treatment along with real-time information on available infrastructure and human resources.
- The IT-BT ministry coordinated with the broadband and telecom service providers in the city of Bangalore to enable increase in broadband speeds as well as data availability to users during the time of the lockdown.
- Dr Ashwathnarayan as the IT-BT minister held video consultations with the leaders of the Information Technology, bio-technology and allied sectors asking them to not go for harsh measures like closures and layoffs, but instead take moderate measures like providing salaries with pay-cuts to employees in dealing with the covid-19 circumstances.