IESA extends full support to Government of India’s Digital India campaign

2nd July 2015 – IESA (India Electronics and Semiconductor Association), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry extends full support to Government of India towards launch of the ‘Digital India’ campaign, aimed at creating a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The industry body applauds Honorable Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad’s agenda to promote electronics manufacturing in a big way and invitation to entrepreneurs to ‘Make in India’.

 “We appreciate the Government of India’s Digital India programme and its huge thrust on the Electronics Development Fund which will give impetus towards inclusive growth in areas of electronic services, products, manufacturing and job opportunities and call to reduce dependence on imports. The defined focus on ‘Design in India’ is well aligned to IESA’s ‘Innovation Led Design and Design Led Manufacturing’ vision to achieve India’s manufacturing reality. The three point agenda around Electronics Development Fund (EDF), Centre of Excellence for IoT and National Centre for Flexible Electronics (NCFlexE) are key for the ESDM sector,” said M.N. Vidyashankar, President, IESA.

The Electronics Development Fund will provide greater incentivization to R&D and incubation centres to spur the local IP development and product creation which constitutes almost 50% value addition for electronic goods. Domestic production of electronics has been a major focus for the present government and the EDF is a step to the need to reduce India’s electronics import bill.

The Centre of Excellence for IoT (Internet of Things) is envisaged to enable rapid adoption of IoT technology and foster a new growth strategy as well empower India to have a leap frog advantage in the domain. IESA recently tied up with NASSCOM to create a common agenda that will guide the government and industry to construct policies and an environment leading to the creation of ESDM and IT products solutions with focus on Defence and IoT space out of India.  This initiative will help leverage strengths in software services, design & innovation and push major revolution in the economic development of the country through Make in India and Digital India.

National Centre for Flexible Electronics (NCFlexE) is an initiative of Government of India to promote research and innovation in the emerging area of Flexible Electronics. The aim of setting up this centre for research work and developing large area flexible electronics, definitely is a step into the development of domestic manufacturing in India which in turn promotes “Make in India”.

*Flexible electronics, also known as flex circuits, is a technology for assembling electronic circuits by mounting electronic devices on flexible plastic substrates, such as polyimide, PEEK or transparent conductive polyester film. The key advantages of flexible electronics are low-cost manufacturing and inexpensive flexible substrates. These advantages make flexible electronics an attractive candidate for next-generation consumer products which require lightweight, bendable, portable, and low-cost electronics.

About the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association  

IESA is the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing ESDM industry and has represented it since 2005. It has over 250 members both domestic and multinational enterprises. IESA is committed towards building global awareness for the Indian ESDM industry and supporting its growth through focused initiatives in developing the ecosystem. This is through publishing credible data, networking events and alliances with other international associations. IESA works closely with the Government as a knowledge partner on the sector, both at the centre and at the state level. For more details, visitwww.iesaonline.org.

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