ISA WINWire January 17 - January 24 2011

Govt plans 50 centres of excellence for science & tech

Source: The Economic Times: January 17, 2011 www.ibef.org

The government plans to establish 50 centres of excellence in frontier areas of science and technology in the next six years. "These emerging areas are taught in very few institutions. This is the most comprehensive attempt at creating centres of high learning in science and technology," an official of the human resource ministry said. These centres will work in biotechnology , bio-informatics, nano-materials and nano-technologies, mechatronics and high performance computing, among others.

Five reasons Apple needs Steve Jobs

Source: Dylan McGrath and Rick Merritt, EETimes, January 18 2011 www.eetimes.com

With Steve Jobs on medical leave for the second time in 24 months, Apple employees, investors and fans are forced to contemplate the possibility of Apple without him. Here are five ways the company would suffer if he is unable to return. SAN FRANCISCO—Apple CEO Steve Jobs is now on medical leave for the second time in 24 months, saying in a memo to Apple employees Monday (Jan. 17) that he would remain CEO and continue to be involved in major strategic decisions by the company. Jobs said he hopes to return as soon as he can, but provided no timetable.

Report: China rising as medtech innovator

Source: Rick Merritt, EETimes, January 18 2011 www.eetimes.com

China, India and Brazil are catching up with the U.S. in medical technology, shifting innovation resources and activity away from the U.S. and Europe, according to a new report from Price Waterhouse Coopers. The U.S. will maintain its lead, but a narrowing gap could impact U.S. jobs, exports and access to medical technology, it said. China will reach near-parity in medical technology with European nations by 2020 based on a scorecard PwC analysts developed for the report. On a 1 to 9 scale, it gave the U.S. a current score of 7.1 as the global medtech leader, down from 7.4 in 2005.

India to produce 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022

Source: sifynews, January 18 2011 www.sify.com

The Government of India has set an ambitious target of 20,000 Megawatts of solar power by 2022. This was revealed by Deepak Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, while delivering the keynote address at an International Workshop on The Private Sector and Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges in the Emerging Economies. According to the government's solar mission plan, 20 million rural households will be provided solar lighting. It would also produce 20 million square metres of solar thermal area.

Moving towards society-focused innovation

Source: Neeraj Paliwal, VP and Country Manager, NXP India in EETimes, January 19 2011 www.eetindia.co.in

As applications for semiconductors have become diverse, the industry is moving from being largely technology focused to becoming more customer and application focused. We have seen a rise of application areas that were practically non-existent, whether in automobiles, consumer white goods or smart IDs to name a few. The trend is now towards 'society-focused' solutions that will benefit not one section of consumers, but the community as a whole. Increased government spending in India on technology and infrastructure will also boost this trend. In India, we are seeing some great examples in the form of the Unique Identification (UID) project and the Bihar e-Shakthi project where semiconductors promise to play a pivotal role.

 

HCL Info to sell stake of HCL Infinet to Tikona

Source: CIOL, January 19 2011 www.ciol.com

HCL Infosystems on Wednesday said it will sell the entire stake of its subsidiary HCL Infinet to Tikona Digital Networks. "The move comes as part of the HCL Infosystems transformation strategy under which the company will be further strengthening its core business and expanding into identified growth areas," the company said in a statement. The sale of shares is subject to and shall be given effect after necessary regulatory approvals.

Karnataka to promote small cities as tech-hubs

Source: CIOL, January 19 2011 www.ciol.com

Four electronic hardware parks and promotion of smaller cities as tech-hubs are proposed in Karnataka's new information technology and electronics hardware policy, state minister V.S. Acharya said Tuesday. The new policy will promote IT and related industries in smaller cities, the medical education minister said. The electronic hardware parks will come up in the regions of Bangalore-Tumkur and Mysore-Nanjangud in the south, Shimoga-Hassan in central part, and Hubli-Dharwad in the north, Acharya, who is also the cabinet spokesman, told reporters.

 

10 trends in angel investing in India

Source: VCCircle, January 19 2011 www.vccircle.com

While it is still a long road ahead for India to reach the size and vibrancy of Silicon Valley's angel ecosystem, the desi angel community may be slowly coming of age. With nearly 250 angels registered with India’s two dominant formal networks, Indian Angel Network and Mumbai Angels, compared to rather humble beginnings four years ago, there is growing interest in angel investing. Besides the organised angel networks, there are hundreds of successful executives and entrepreneurs who have taken to angel investing.

More tech workers get bonuses, pay raises: survey

Source: Reuters, January 20 2011 www.reuters.com

More U.S. technology and engineering workers got bonuses and pay raises last year than in 2009, but the pay hikes were tiny for professionals outside large corporations and Silicon Valley, according to a survey by Dice.com, part of online recruiter Dice Holdings Inc. The average U.S. information technology (IT) worker earned $79,384, adding less than $1,000 from the prior year. About half of IT workers got raises, up from a third in 2009. Average salaries are much higher in California's Silicon Valley and in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, where they average $99,028 and $89,149 per year, according to Dice.com.

India likely to sign defence contracts worth Rs 46,000 crore

Source: The Economic Times, January 20 2011 http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

India, the tenth largest defence spender, is expected to sign defence offsets contracts worth over Rs 46,000 crore in the next five to ten years. "In the 11th Plan, the value of offsets contracts is likely to be more than Rs 10,000 crore... In addition, (offsets worth) Rs 4,818 crore are at the contract negotiation stage and Rs 31,500 crore are at other stages," Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said here on Wednesday. Under the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), foreign vendors have to reinvest at least 30 per cent of the deals worth over Rs 300 crore in the Indian defence, civil aerospace or internal security sector.

Samsung acquires Liquavista

Source: Mark LaPedus, EETimes, January 20 2011 www.electronics-eetimes.com

Based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Liquavista was founded in 2006 as a spin-out from the Philips Research Labs. It offers a new type of electronic display technology known as electrowetting for applications in e-readers, mobile phones, media players and other mobile devices. ''The electrowetting technology, which operates in transmissive, reflective, transparent and transflective modes, enables the creation of displays with bright, colorful images with dramatically reduced power consumption. Offering more than twice the transmittance of LCD technology and able to operate at low frequencies, displays utilizing electrowetting consume just 10 percent of the battery power of existing display technologies,'' according South Korea's Samsung.

Number portability will spur growth in telecom sector: PM

Source: The Hindu Business Line, January 20 2011 www.thehindubusinessline.com

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said that Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Services will intensify competition in the telecom sector which will spur further growth. “It is believed that Mobile Number Portability, besides enabling a subscriber to change operators without losing his or her original number, will also trigger greater competition. The telecom service providers will seek to improve the range and quality of their services in order to retain their existing subscribers and also to attract subscribers from other operators. This should further spur the growth of the Indian telecom sector,” Dr Singh while launching MNP services.


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