With a clear agenda to promote, advocate and represent Indian IT MSMEs to protect their interests, Association of MSMEs in Information Technology (AIM-IT) had organized India’s 1st ever ‘IT MSME Roundtable Discussion’ on September 14, 2016 in New Delhi that was attended by IT MSME organizations from all over India.
Dattatreya Hosabale, Joint General Secretary of RSS, along with Mr. Vinit Goenka, Chairman of AIM-IT, had chaired this roundtable discussion which was focused on identifying the current issues and challenges of the Indian IT MSME sector, highlighting the policy-related corrections and interventions to create an enabling environment for ease of doing business, and finally setting up a vision for India in 2050 and how IT MSMEs could play a key role in nation-building.
“This was a very enlightening discussion with Indian IT MSMEs. I am happy to see AIM-IT working for an important national cause,” Dattatreya said.
“The Indian IT MSME sector should not be disheartened with small ups and downs. Collective efforts are required to build this great nation. The sector must inspire itself to ensure that home-grown indigenous brands become global brands and how an IT MSME/tech start-up should develop path-breaking solutions to become a large organization. This is the dream of the present Indian administration and AIM-IT will surely play a leading role in achieving this dream,” Dattatreya added.
“A stronger nation has the strength to make its voice heard across the world. India is an emerging superpower and with strengths of the nation’s IT MSMEs, we will have to ability to reach out the world. AIM-IT will create an enabling environment for this sector which has a lot of potential to propel India to greater heights,” Goenka said.
Daleep Kaul [Director of Vision Netsoft and Director of AIM-IT International Council] stated, “Indian IT MSMEs have enormous opportunities in today’s international market as the world is looking to India for collaborations and technology transfers. AIM-IT is championing the cause of this sector by creating unique collaboration platforms that will help IT MSMEs to gain access to major IT markets of Taiwan, China, Middle East, among others.”
Mr. Manoj Kanodia [CEO of Inspira and Secretary of AIM-IT] highlighted the chronic issue of Preferential Market Access policy, which is very beneficial for Indian home-grown business but has serious implementation issues. For years, deliberate hurdles are created at multiple levels which make participation of Indian companies extremely difficult in various government-related contracts, tenders and proposals. Critical projects on national security are also inaccessible to this sector that will make India venerable.
Mr. Abhijit Chatterjee [CIO – Towards Vision Technologies & Head of AIM-IT Innovation Council] shared some interesting examples of Indian innovation present in Indian Vedas literature. Indians have always been innovative but as time went by, we have lost out to other developed nations. Issues and challenges of India must be addressed by Indians themselves using the past and present resources. The administration must create a fostering environment where our existing education system must induce confidence in students to think and contribute in generating innovations for the future. The problem starts with the books that are been used to educate these students.
Hosabale was happy to see that AIM-IT platform was able to bring together like-minded professionals who are willing to contribute towards the nation-building. He also assured that within the next six months, relevant policy makers would give time to AIM-IT members so that productive discussions are initiated that will benefit the Indian IT MSME sector.
He also shared that how Vigyan Bharati is putting in a lot of efforts to promote ‘Swadeshi Science Movement’ with a Swadeshi Spirit, interlinking traditional and modern sciences on the one hand, and natural and spiritual sciences on the other hand. This movement would also ensure that the Indian education system will capture these swadeshi sciences and knowledge. The future holds a lot for humanity and India is on the threshold of working towards the global community through its science, knowledge and innovation.
AIM-IT would prepare a detailed report on the roundtable discussion and these recommendations would be submitted to relevant stakeholders in the government functionary for further deliberation.