Tuesday, November 3, 2009

'Empower IT’ to project Tiruchi as next destination

Source : The Hindu
TIRUCHI: The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) expects a massive turnout of about 10,000 under graduates and post-graduates from arts and science, and engineering colleges from Tiruchi and seven surrounding districts for the ‘Empower IT’ programme it has decided to host here on November 28 in association with NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Service Companies).

The day-long event has been conceptualised to project Tiruchi as an IT destination, while orienting the students to the current requirements and expectations of IT and ITES sector. The event conducted at Tirunelveli last year attracted 14,000 and 12,000 students on the first and second day.

Fifty companies, including most of the IT majors, have been roped in for the Tiruchi event. According to ELCOT Managing Director Santhosh Babu, Empower IT will take Tiruchi that already ranks high among tier-II cities by attracting nine companies to its IT Park owing to factors like cost advantage and presence of quality educational institutions to the next level.

At a preparatory meeting with college principals, representatives of universities, industrialists, and members of Rotary and Lions Clubs, he said about 30 speakers would be invited from Chennai to address the students. The event that would be organised by the NASSCOM in corporate style.

The ELCOT MD sought the fullest cooperation of the colleges and universities to publicise the event to the students. He wanted the printouts of the details of the event and the competitions to be put up on the notice boards, and urged the institution heads to evolve a collective vision and ideate such that Tiruchi could be projected as the next IT destination of Tamil Nadu.

The Regional Director of NASSCOM K. Purushothaman said all particulars of Empower IT can be accessed at Elcot’s website:, from November 5. He identified aspiring arts and science colleges, engineering colleges, and universities, and the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi to function as nodal institutions to conduct 10 competitions, including paper presentation, coding, group discussion, debugging, quiz, elocution and essay writing. Each event will be coordinated by an IT company, Mr. Purushothaman said.

Inviting suggestions from the gathering, Mr. Santhosh Babu called upon institutions to suggest competitions on topical software that would be of utility to the Government. Topics like green computing and mobile computing were suggested at the meeting.

The competitions would be conducted in arts and science colleges on November 21 and 22, and in engineering colleges on November 22 and 23, he said.

The Director of NIT-T M. Chidambaram mooted the idea of institutions joining hands for conducting train the trainer programmes on what the IT industry expects from graduates of various disciplines and specialisations. The objective was to make all employable, he said.


  1. The Empower IT held at Tirunelveli last year was a FLOP.The ELCOT could attract only 2 companies and no IT majors.I dont know how it is going to help Trichy.

  2. Trichy is not Tirunelveli ;)

  3. Only hope some IT majors consider Trichy after this event

  4. It is Nov 9th and still no updates available in Elcot website.This shows lack of seriousness towarids Trichy.

  5. Any one lives near Navalpattu to share what is really going on there now ?