BALASORE: A temporary campus of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) was inaugurated at Balasore on Saturday. Besides creating job opportunities, it is expected to open up export avenues of software and IT services.
The incubation centre of the STPI was inaugurated at NOCCI Business Park here to mark the celebration of Digital India Week. Inaugurating the centre, Information Technology Minister Pranab Prakash Das said the temporary campus will function with at least 15 IT companies.
“The main campus will be ready within next two years for which the State Government has provided three acres of land at Bampada. An estimated Rs 15 crore will be spent for the construction of STPI and IDCO has been entrusted with the construction work. This facility will make Balasore an IT hub,” he said.
STPI is an autonomous body under Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology for promotion of software exports to the related industries in and outside the country. The facility at Bampada as the software unit has been planned to come up in 20,000 sq feet built-up area.
Now the incubation facility will function in an area spreading over 5000 sq ft in the business park. Initially at least 15 companies of Information Technology (IT) and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) will operate from this campus.
Director General of STPI, Omkar Rai said the incubation centre is equipped with modern facility and it will cater to the needs of the software related things in entire north Odisha and some parts of West Bengal too.
The STPI at Balasore is fourth in the State after Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Berhampur while in India there are 53 such centres.