Ramesh Awtaney heads the iSON Group, Africa’s largest technology and BPO specialist with a presence in 29 countries, including India. The businessman, who is passionate about replicating the Digital India model in Africa, shares his views on the emerging trends in IT/ BPO space in India, Africa and globally, Donald Trump’s impact on the industry and iSON’s growth journey.

What is your analysis of the Digital India programme?

The Digital India programme has picked up remarkable pace over the last few years. As an NRI with significant business interests in digital, telecom, and innovation, I view the Digital India initiative from two critical aspects – broadband connectivity and applications. Connectivity has improved a great extent thanks to the roll out of LTE and 4G networks. In what would be the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre, the Government of India is connecting 250,000 village panchayats through its high speed digital highway, Bharat Net. India’s state-owned telecom company BSNL is replacing 30-year old exchanges through Next Generation Network (NGN), an IP based technology to manage all types of services like voice, data, multimedia and other packet-switched communication services.

The Smart Cities Mission of the Government of India is one of the most challenging and ambitious urban development agenda, writes an urban infrastructure enthusiast.

The objective to develop 100 Smart Cities over five years is a laudable commitment towards urban transformation. The mission is launched at a time when India’s urbanisation is growing faster than the rest of the world.

With a million people entering the job market every month, India’s economy desperately needs to find a way to make space for them.

The morning of September 17, 2015, India woke up to a curious headline: PhD holders among 2.3 million applicants for peon jobs in UP. The response to 368 vacancies for peons in the most populous state of the country had been a record of sorts. The minimum qualification for the post was no more than school education and bicycle riding skills.

The immediate impact of demonetisation will mean a slower pace of job creation but, overall, there is some good news in store for the New Year.

How long will the current phase of jobless growth in India, which began during the UPA II regime continue? And when will the Narendra Modi government’s flagship schemes such as Make in India, Start-up India, etc., start generating jobs – which, for many Indians, remains the true touchstone of the achcche din (good times) promised by the Prime Minister in the run-up to the 2014 general elections?

Kartik Kilachand, the CEO & co-founder of Magnus Gyan, is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on India-US initiatives. More recently, he moved to being a social impact entrepreneur – leveraging technology for providing skills training for under-privileged youth to create employment opportunities. He tells ‘India Investment Journal’ about his journey so far and the motivation behind his serial entrepreneurship.

I have been an entrepreneur nearly all my life, except for the first five years after my graduate studies at University of California, Berkeley, when I cut my teeth at GE HQ in New York. All my ventures have been India-US driven – products and services from India sold primarily to the US market place.

An ethical hacker flags up opportunities in the field of cyber security for ‘India Investment Journal’ and explains why global companies should be looking towards India for this crucial sector.

As we all know, Brexit or the June 23 referendum whereby British citizens voted to exit the European Union, had far reaching implications across several fronts. Cyber security is just one of them. It churned global markets, impacting currencies, instigating the British pound to fall to its lowest level in years.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, a state described as the heartland of India. ‘India Investment Journal’ caught up with him during a recent visit to London to lure UK investors and tourists to his state. Here are some highlights from the discussion.

Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s commerce minister, maintains a punishing 14-15 hour daily work schedule. Over the last two years, she has been in the thick of the action and has earned a reputation for being a tough task master and a committed reformer.

She spoke exclusively to India Inc.’s Consulting Editor Arnab Mitra and discussed a wide range of economic issues in this exclusive interview.

Manojit Bose is a Senior Director with India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), focusing on Domestic IT and eGovernance. He gives India Inc. his vision for this ambitious programme and how it complements some of the other key initiatives such as Make in India as part of the country’s growth agenda.