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Government of Karnataka Includes ‘Electronics’ to Department of IT, BT

BENGALURU, 21 September, 2019: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier Industry body representing the Indian Semiconductor & Electronics System Design and Manufacturing space, hosted the 2nd edition of Spacetronics and 6th edition of Deftronics in collaboration with ISRO – the Indian Space Research Organisation and DRDO – the Indian Defence establishment, to share insights on Intelligent Electronics which is the ‘new frontier for securing our Land and Space’.

The Indian ESDM industry is expected to grow at CAGR of 21.6% which is 4 times that of the Global growth. Intelligent Electronics is the growth driver for design services across Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Healthcare, IoT etc. verticals. Today, we are at the inflexion point where government has a strong focus on indigenization in Space & Defence. The growth of the Strategic Electronics industry along with the Intelligent Electronics industry will garner the country with more sustainable ecosystem.

With the Electronics Systems & Products to reach $10Bn by 2025, it is the need of the hour for the Government of Karnataka to add Electronics in the already existing IT department. The Chief Guests Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan, Deputy CM & Minister Higher Education, IT, BT and S&T, Govt. of Karnataka and Dr. E.V. Ramana Reddy, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, Govt. of Karnataka made an announcement of adding the Electronics to the current IT & BT department which is a major push for the Electronics & Semiconductor ecosystem in the State. With this impetus, the electronics sector is bound to leapfrog.

Speaking at the Summit, Jitendra Chaddah (JC), Senior Director, Operations & Strategic Relations, Intel India and Chairman, IESA said, “Intelligent Electronics will be a vital ingredient in products & solutions for Space & Defence platforms. IESA is spearheading India’s Intelligent Electronics charter to accelerate self-reliance in space, defense & internal security. Through Spacetronics & Deftronics platform, we want to build & support innovation, entrepreneurship & manufacturing eco-system in these areas.”

“We are honored to bestow the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Lifetime achievement award to Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO at IESA Spacetronics & Deftronics 2019 Summit,” added Mr. Chaddah.

The Summit also showcased eminent leaders from the Space industry Dr. A S Kiran Kumar, Scientist & Former Chairman, ISRO; Dr. P V Venkitakrishnan, Director, CBPO, ISRO delivering the theme address and keynote address respectively during the inauguration of Spacetronics Day. The Chief Guest for Deftronics Day, Dr. Tessy Thomas, FNAE, Distinguished Scientist, Director General, Aeronautical Systems, DRDO delivered the keynote during the inauguration. The Summit also had the presence of other keynote speakers: Thierry Marin Martinod, VP CTO of A&D & Mktg, TE Connectivity; David Gamba, Senior Director – A&D Vertical Marketing, Xilinx; Dr. Gulshan Rai (Retd.), Former National Cyber Security Coordinator, PMO, Govt of India on Spacetronics Day and Dr. J Manjula, DS & DG – ECS, DRDO on Deftronics Day.

The electronics system design community in India, one of the largest globally are working on cutting-edge technologies which have direct impact on the strategic electronics need of the country, be it design of nano satellites, robots that can roam in moon & Mars or swarm robots for defence applications, AI-enabled intelligent electronics systems for intrusion detection, software-defined radios for building secured communication network, wearable devices for soldiers, etc.

“India’s ambitious space program and modernization program of defence are going to create approx. $193B Strategic Electronics opportunity in the next 12 -14 years. Today, we are at the inflexion point where government with its strong focus on indigenization in Defence and Space and the matured ESDM industry can make India not only be self-sufficient in our need but also a global leader in Strategic Electronics,” said Rajesh Ram Mishra, President, IESA

IESA released the Strategic Electronics report stating that the Defence electronics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4% to reach USD 422 bnby 2032 (annually).

The IESA Spacetronics & Deftronics Lifetime achievement award was conferred to Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO for this contribution to the Indian Space Industry.

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