//Govt offices, eductional institutions to be linked through K-SWAN

Govt offices, eductional institutions to be linked through K-SWAN

Thiruvananthapuram: Government offices, educational institutions and other service delivery institutions in Kerala will be linked through an ambitious project called K-SWAN, Finance Minister Vakkom Purushothaman announced during his budget speech today.

Presenting the budget for 2006-2007, he said the ”Kerala State Wide Area Network (K-SWAN) would be implemented during the next year and the successful e-Governance projects like E-Pay and Citizen Call Centres would be made more broad based.

Stating that Kerala had become an investment hub of major IT companies, he said sustained efforts made by the government in this sector were yielding results.
To cater to the increasing needs of the IT giants, 500 acres of land near Pallipuram in Thiruvananthapuram district would be developed as ”Techno City”, he said, adding a Special Economic Zone of 186 acres of land would be developed next year as part of the second and third phase of development of the Thiruvananthapuram Techno Park.

The ”Akshaya” Computer Education programme, which was successfuly implemented in Malappuram district, would be extended to six more districts, he said, adding a permanent campus would be set up for Indian Institute of Information Technology-Kerala (IIITM-K) and Rs one crore had been earmarked for the purpose.

The Finance Minister said an ”Exclusive Economic Zone” would be set up for NRI entrepreneurs and businessmen for diverting their resources to produce economic activities. The government would also set up ”NRI Clubs” at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode with the help of Non-Resident Indians and an amount of Rs 2.50 crore had been set apart for NORKA, he added. Mr Purushothaman said Tele-medicine and Tele-education facilities would be introduced with the assitance of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).