State-Owned Technology Parks in India (STPI) is the largest ecosystem that maintains new technologies. This is expected to be achieved by setting up 21 Centres of Excellence in these parks.
India has already set up excellence for the Internet of Things, electric vehicles, gaming, etc.The Government of India has already succeeded in launching 12 CoEs.
Out of this, three of them are dedicated to agriculture.
Apart from agriculture, the Center of Excellence will focus on trajectories forestry and fishery department.
The reason behind this is agriculture, forestry, and fisheries contribute 17% of India’s GDP.
India stands for the second-largest producer of farm products in the whole world, which still needs to grow up in its supply chain.
There were 60 STPI Centres or sub-centers in the country as by March. They were operational in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
STPI was established in the year 1991 under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The main agenda behind STPI was to enhance software exports in the country. The services rendered by STPI were data communication services, statutory services, training, and value-added services.
Schemes under STPI
The STPI has been under the Software Technology Park Scheme and Electronics Hardware Technology Park Scheme to promote the IT industry.
The schemes focus primarily on the software industry and start-up growth without locational constraints.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in April 2020 provided a rental waiver to Information Technology Units to operate for India’s Software Technology Parks. The exemption provided keeping an eye on the current COVID-19 crisis.
Centres of Excellence
The Centre of Excellence is a platform that enhances research, leadership, and training.
It was launched in January 2020 in Bengaluru.
National Informatics Centre constructed it, and these centers are essential to keep India at the pace of global technological advancements.