A history of how the IT industry started in India, how India became the IT thinking Power and how it has grown these years.
With the use of computers and laptops in all spheres of life, the emergence as well as use of IT services i.e. information technology based services has now increased. IT incorporates hardware, software and business process outsourcing services. Like all other countries worldwide, India is also leading in this sector or industry. Indeed, India has become the IT thinking power. It is all due to hard efforts and contribution of skilled professionals in this field that the country is able to establish its worth and name in IT sector all through the globe. Let us now explore in somewhat detail the commencement and development of IT industry in India.
The start of IT industry- As per available information, the IT industry started in India in the 1970s and by mid 1980s. It was during this era that various professionals belonging to different fields such as forecasters, policy planners and analysts began to comprehend the prospective and probability of computer software application in various fields of life. It was only during 1990s that Indian IT industry emerged as one among the recognized and most important sectors.
Growth and development of software industry- As stated above, software sector is also an important part of IT industry. This sector made tremendous progress during the period 1991 and 1996. Currently, Indian IT industry is reported to have more than 500 software firms all through the country. It is all due to top quality, high-tech and easily affordable and quick deliveries of the software industries that India is able to emerge as IT thinking power. The export of software packages as well as other software based items touched heights of success during 2002-03 and are going to witness unparalleled growth in the years to come.
Growth and development of hardware sector of IT industry- As far as hardware segment of the IT industry is concerned, it witnessed an incredible growth following the year 1991. It is all due to increased use of telecommunications and consumer electronic products. India registered a rise of around 20% in the sale and use of personal computers during 2004. Same was the case with internet subscribers and users. It was due to the reason that PCs were used by almost all sectors including banking, telecom, manufacturing and Business Process Outsourcing.
Launch of Digital India Project– Owing to ever-increasing use and popularity of IT sector, the worthy Prime Minister of India has recently launched Digital India Project. The main aim of this project is to make IT industry reach even the most rural and remote areas all through the country. It implies all the people of India will be using computers, internet and the associated software, hardware and the services in the times to come.
Chief IT Hubs- The chief IT hubs of India are Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Pune. Owing to so much advancement in IT sector, Bangalore is even referred to as Silicon Valley as well IT Capital of India.
This was all about India becoming the IT thinking power. There is still a long and successful road ahead.