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Google partners with Karnataka Govt to Support Emerging Startups

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Google collaborates with K'taka govt to support emerging local start-upsGoogle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Karnataka to promote innovation and spur the growth of startups across Karnataka.

Key Points:

i.In collaboration with Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS), Google would work with women-led founders and startups across tier-2 and tier-3 cities to offer various benefits.

ii.The benefits offered under this partnership include essential training, access to partners, expertise on Google’s suite of tools and technologies, along with knowledge and mentorship sessions in areas such as Cloud, User Experience, Android, Web, Product Strategy, Leadership and Marketing

iii.Under this partnership, Google would offer scholarships for google career certificates to youth and job seekers in digital skills like IT Support, Project management, data analytics and support local schools.

iv.This aims to promote the fundamentals of online safety and digital citizenship to children through the “Be Internet Awesome)

Karnataka to get India’s 1st semiconductor fab facility

The International Semiconductor Consortium (ISMC) has proposed to build a USD 3 billion semiconductor fab facility in Musyru, Karnataka. The construction of the facility is set to start as early as February 2023.

  • With this Karnataka is set to become the first Indian state to have a semiconductor fab facility.

Note: ISMC is a joint venture of Next Orbit Ventures of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Tower Semiconductor of Israel

Key Points:

i.The ISMC will make 40-65 nanometre analogue chips which will cater to “defence and auto sectors”

ii.The Government of India has announced subsidies of up to 50% of the project costs for semiconductor manufacturers under its Rs 76,000 crore Production-linked Incentive (PLI) scheme in 2021.

Additional info:

i.In early 2022, Foxconn and Vedanta announced their plan to establish a semiconductor facility in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

ii.Singapore’s IGSS Ventures is set to step up a USD 3.2 billion semiconductor park in Tamil Nadu.

Note: All of the projects will be provided with government incentives. It would take about 4-5 years, once the construction starts, for the ISMC’s plant to become operational.

Karnataka signs MoU with CEGIS for effective governance

On 15th November 2022, the Government of Karnataka signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS).

  • The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister(CM) of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai.

Features of MoU:

i.Under this MoU, CEGIS will provide technical, analytical, and programmatic support in areas such as enhancement of state revenue including competency mapping and training of frontline tax officials, designing a strategy for improving ‘Administrative Data Quality’ and data use for Education, Health, and Women and Child Development Departments.

ii.As a part of this MoU, CEGIS will work with departments like, Finance, Education, Social Welfare, and others to identify mutually aligned areas to provide technical and analytical support.

iii.CEGIS will also work with various departments and institutions for sustained and targeted competency building and learning of government officials to address the changing needs and aspirations of the citizens

About CEGIS: 

CEGIS is working as part of the national programme on capacity building.

Founded in 2019,

Aim: To enable a transformative improvement in the functioning of Indian state governments.

  • CEGIS works with Indian states in preparing an analytical roadmap for governance and expenditure reforms and provides strategic implementation support to deliver on this vision.

Additional info:

CM has also launched an action plan for making Karnataka a USD one trillion economy by the year 2025 in line with the mission of making India a USD 5 trillion economy.

About Karnataka:

Chief Minister– Basavaraj Bommai
Governor– Thawar Chand Gehlot
National Park– Anshi National Park; Bandipur National Park
Wildlife Sanctuary– Arabithittu Wildlife Sanctuary; Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary