Bangalore: The Karnataka government announced a slew of pro-active measures to propel the growth of the resilient IT industry in the state.
"To create additional top class talent, we will set an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Dharwad through public-private partnership (PPP) at a cost of 128 crore and an IT park at Belgaum in the northern region of the state," Shettar said.
Dharwad is about 430 km from Bangalore while Belgaum about 510 km away.
The industry and the central government will also in setting up the second IIIT in the state, with the first one in this tech hub.
Shettar, who also holds the finance portfolio, has allocated 194 crore in the budget proposals for the IT, BT (biotech) and science & technology department in the state to strengthen the eco system for achieving ambitious targets by 2020.
"Our long-term goal is to treble IT exports from the state to 4 lakh crore (4 trillion) from 130,000 crore in 2012 and double jobs to two million over the next seven years in the tech industry," Shettar asserted.
The budget envisages continuation of science-related programmes drawn by the state's vision group on science & technology with 20 crore spend in next fiscal.
"A Karnataka GIS (geographic information system) platform will be developed for data based governance, sustainable development and citizen empowerment," Shettar said.
The budget also proposes to set up a cyber cafe in each village with an initial investment of 50 crore spanning 5,627 local bodies across the state.
Similarly, an e-district project will be unveiled to automate the backend process of state departments. A mobile governance platform will be set up to facilitate delivery of public services to citizens.
"A state portal will be launched to provide a single window for various government services," Shettar added.