Chennai, June 05: Software exports from Tamil Nadu netted Rs 28,489.50 crore in 2007-08, a 37 per cent growth over the previous year.

"The total software exports from Tamil Nadu in 2007-08 clocked a growth rate of 37 per cent by registering Rs 28,489.50 crores," state IT Secretary Chandramouli said.

The Software Technology Park alone recorded Rs 25,701 crore worth of software exports, he told reporters here today.

In 2006-07, the state recorded an overall growth of 40 per cent in the IT industry and in 2007-08 it clocked 37 per cent growth, Chandramouli said.

The total hardware exports achieved Rs 211.56 crore as compared to Rs 165 crores last year, he said.

Speaking on the exports growth in Pondicherry, he said it clocked an overall growth of 47 per cent.

The total software exports from the Union Territory was Rs 63.98 crores, he said.

On the employment opportunities, he said about 2,72,000 are employed in the IT sector and around 77,200 new employment were created. He said out of the new employment opportunities 60 per cent came from BPO industry while 40 per cent in Information and Technology.

He also said that the students of Tier II and III areas will be trained by NASSCOMM so that they would become more employable he said.

The Special Economic Zones in the state achieved Rs 1,500 crores and the Madras Exports Processing Zone clocked Rs 1,200 crores this year, he said adding, growth under SEZs were steadily increasing.

"Of the 37 SEZs approved in the state, 15 have started operating" he said, adding 37 million sq ft of space in the IT industry would be available in the next three years

Published: Thursday, June 05, 2008


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