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STPI-Pune, one of the nine STPI jurisdictions, is based out at Pune, Maharashtra and has six sub-centres located at Aurangabad, Goa, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Nasik, and Navi Mumbai. Housed in the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, MIDC, Hinjawadi, Pune, a major IT cluster in Pune, STPI-Pune has been the key driver of software and hardware exports growth in Maharashtra since last three decades and has enabled Pune to emerge as one of the leading IT clusters in India.
STPI-Pune has warranted the growth of software exports from Maharashtra & Goa and has helped generate massive employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the region by boosting the economic progress of the nation. In FY 2020-21, STPI-registered units under STPI-Pune jurisdiction contributed Rs. 96,861.85 crore IT/ITeS/ESDM exports.
In 1990, Pune was one of the first three Software Technology Parks (STPs) that was established along with other two STPs at Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar, which later merged in June 1991 into a single autonomous society called Software Technology Parks of India. STPI-Pune had developed 3,500 sq. mt. ready-to-use space for member units. Five units started operation during FY 1992-93 and contributed Rs. 45 lakh exports during this period and the exports surged to Rs. 1.62 crore during FY 1993-94.
The Role of STPI in the growth of the IT industry has been tremendous, especially in the case of startups and SMEs. STP scheme the catalyst: The STP scheme is a 100 percent export-oriented scheme for the development and export of computer software, including export of professional services using communication links or physical media. This scheme is unique in its nature as it focuses on one product/sector, i.e. computer software. The scheme integrates the government concept of 100 percent Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and the concept of Science Parks/Technology Parks, as operating elsewhere in the world. STP scheme played as a major catalyst to boost IT/ITeS/ESDM exports from the region. Exports grew from Rs. 0.45 crore in FY 1992-93 to Rs. 96,861.85 crore in FY 2020-21.
Additional 35,000 sq. ft. plug and play facility is being developed by STPI-Pune at Hinjawadi and 29,000 sq. ft. of plug and play facility at Nagpur to meet the rising demand of the startups and SMEs in IT/ITES/ESDM sector. So far, more than 50 STPI-registered units have been benefitted from the incubation facility offered by STPI-Pune. Government of Goa has also allotted land of 14,815.54 sq. mtrs. to STPI at Dona Paula, Goa. STPI is planning to build 70,000 Sq. ft. of built-up space for the startups, tech SMEs and budding entrepreneurs of the region.
STPI has set up MOTION, a CoE in ACES mobility at Pune in association with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India, Government of Maharashtra, ARAI, SAE India, Tata Motors, Intel, MathWorks, Visteon, Kinetic, TiE Pune, and College of Engineering Pune, with an objective of creating a holistic ecosystem for encouraging R&D, innovation, entrepreneurship in the ACES mobility sector in India. MOTION is spread over an area of 7,000 sq. ft. and will benefit an estimated 50 startups over a period of 5 years; 18 startups have already been on-boarded.
IoT in Agriculture CoE at Akola
To create a robust incubation infrastructure to enable innovative startups focused on developing disruptive products in AgriTech, IoT in Agriculture & Digital Farming, STPI has set up a CoE in IoT in Agriculture by facilitating an all-inclusive ecosystem with technology support, mentoring, academic expertise, access to funding, industry connect & market access, in association with ioCare, Amazing Aerial Solutions, SatSure, TiE Mumbai, Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, KVK Akola, Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, and College of Engineering & Technology, Akola. With world-class 40-seater ultramodern incubation centre equipped with domain-specific physical lab facilities for R&D, this CoE has incubation facility 10,000 sq. ft. at Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola. The CoE plans to nurture 25 startups in 3 years in domains like Digital Farming, AgriTech, Agri IoT, Smart Techniques for Crop Protection & Management, and Hydroponic VF System.
The evolution of industrial clusters is considered to increase the efficiency of companies making them competitive both nationally and internationally. The presence of these clusters working together in India especially concentrated around Bangalore, Noida, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune, testifies that a technological revolution had taken place, somewhat identical to global technology clusters like Silicon Valley, Boston, Dallas, Ireland, Sweden and Tokyo. Although STPI centres have pan-India presence with 61 locations of which 53 centres are in Tier – II/III cities, its major focus has been around these prominent cluster regions only.
The journey of STPI started long back in the mid ‘80s when the then Department of Electronics, Govt. of India enacted major policies related to computers and software and later the Software Technology Park (STP) scheme to boost software exports from the country. In 1989, three STPs were established in Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar and Pune, which eventually merged to form Software Technology Parks of India in 1991 with a mandate to boost software exports from India by implementing STP & EHTP schemes and facilitating all the desired services to rev up the growth of Indian IT industry.
STPI made its presence felt by the implementation of STP/EHTP schemes and other Govt. initiatives, resulting in the remarkable growth of offshore software exports from the country. With few million dollars exports in 1991-92, STPI has completely transformed the software exports narratives in the world. During 2018-19, the $177 billion Indian IT industry proudly exports $136 billion and STPI units particularly contribute around $60 billion.