Modi’s maiden budget has emphasised a strong focus on leveraging technology to drive the nation and bring in transparency within governance. The Budget allocated 500 crore for the massive Digital India initiative, 100 crore for setting up virtual classrooms and 100 crore for promoting ‘good governance’ through IT, aimed at simplifying citizens’ access to public services.
Modi’s pet project of building ‘one hundred smart cities’ – which has been allocated Rs 7,060 crore – is another major project that would rely strongly on technology, calling for a robust cloud computing backend coupled with real-time surveillance and big data analytics technologies.
R. Chandrashekhar, president, NASSCOM termed the budget as pragmatic and directional and said that the announcements on a pan India digital initiative, leveraging technology for good governance coupled with initiatives on skilling and smart cities reflect the thrust on role of technology in Budget 2014.
Spike in demand for techies predicted
The direct impact of these major technology driven government projects is going to be a spike in demand for techies specialising in specific technology domains.
Amar Babu, president, MAIT (Manufacturers Association for Information Technology) said, “Union Budget has many positives for the IT industry and job creation in the sector is one of them. The emphasis on creating a ‘Digital India’ by promoting broadband connectivity through rural areas will create new avenues of growth for the IT hardware sector, which in-turn will promote overall employment in the sector.”
“Additionally, the Government is focusing on creating a cluster of 100 ‘smart cities’ throughout the country, the step, if initiated in the right manner will boost investment in use of modern technology thereby increasing IT penetration and creating new employment opportunities in the sector,” he added.
Ravi Mahajan, tax partner – Technology practice, EY also emphasised that increase in demand for employees in IT hardware and telecom sector are imminent. “Government initiatives to invest significant amounts in pan India programmes such as ‘Digital India’, smart cities, e-visas etc along with reduced excise duties on manufacturing of personal computer, improved broadband connectivity in rural areas, focus on SEZ revival, etc would result in increase in demand for employees in the IT hardware and telecom sector,” he said.
Data Scientists, User Interface and Mobility experts to be in demand
Industry experts highlight that in the coming quarters there is a going to be an increase in demand for specialists in the big data, cloud computing and mobility technologies. Highlighting this Mankiran Chowhan, regional VP and country manager sales, Gartner said, “With a large chunk of capital being set aside for tech led initiatives such as good governance, smart cities, e-Visa and across various industries, there is going to be as spike in demand of tech professionals possessing skills in social, mobile, cloud and analytics (SMAC) which is generally referred to as nexus of forces.”
Sakaar Anand, VP – HR, CA Technologies says that the smart cities project is based strongly on Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics technologies. “Such data driven projects would not only drive demand for not only data scientists who can write intelligent algorithms to cull out relevant trends but also create a demand for User Interface (UI) professionals who can represent these data in a consumable format,” he adds.
Amrita Premrajan, TimesJobs.com Bureau