There are many predictions and forecasts pertaining to IT & ITeS in India across various segments.

For instance, a study by management advisory firm Zinnov states that IT adoption in Indian SME segment is growing at a rate of 15 per cent and would touch US$ 15 billion by 2015. The study noted that as of now, only 20 per cent of the total 50 million SMEs in India are technology-ready today which poses an immense scope for further growth.

Another study by consulting and advisory services firm CyberMedia Research suggests that the PC market in India would have witnessed sales of 11.15 million units in the 2011 calendar year which would further accelerate by 14 per cent to 12.71 million units in 2012.

Internet retailing is also emerging as an entirely new avenue to be explored. According to estimates made by an industrial body, India's online retail industry is anticipated to surge to Rs 70 billion (US$ 1.43 billion) by 2015 from Rs 20 billion (US$ 405.93 million) as broadband is becoming increasingly accessible and internet penetration is increasing. Another report by Avendus Capital Pvt. Ltd states that e-tailing would become a Rs 53,000 crore (US$ 10.76 billion) market by 2015 from the current Rs 3,600 crore (US$ 731 million).

Government Initiatives:

Industry experts believe that increase in Government spends over e-governance projects would be a major driver of growth for Indian IT/ITeS space. Nasscom has stated that infrastructure for spends is ready and now is time when National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) should be executed in full force. NeGP aims to create the right governance and institutional mechanisms, set up the core infrastructure and policies and implement various Mission Mode Projects across the Centre, state and integrated service levels to create a citizen-oriented and business-centric environment for governance.

Meanwhile, the Government has recently announced that it would buy some 100,000 low-cost Aakash tablets from Datawind (the Canadian company that has developed this device) and would distribute them to students in schools and colleges for free. The move comes as an effort to facilitate e-learning.

In another similar effort, IT major Intel India had joined hands with the Karnataka Government's Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 2011 and had launched ‘Computers on Wheels'. It was a pilot e-learning program that entailed digital instruction materials from reputed education solutions provider 'Educomp'. The program focussed to equip teachers with learning techniques and tools and deliver diverse learning styles and abilities to students, making education more participative rather than passive.

The Government of India has also undertaken a project that aims to provide high quality broadband access to village Panchayats through National Optical fibre network by 2014. The process is in progress and is projected to be very beneficial, especially for the SMEs.

All such developments and initiatives on part of the Government of India reflect the fact that the supreme administration is making all the possible efforts to boost the country's IT and ITeS industries.

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