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founder and chairman has waxed eloquent about the scheme of to distribute tablets and laptops to students passing standard X and XII respectively.

Giving a presentation before chief minister and senior government officials, Nadar said the scheme would greatly help UP in becoming an IT powerhouse.

UP is in the process of preparing a new IT policy to boost IT, IT Enabled Services (ITeS) and electronics industry in the state.

Nadar elucidated on the benefits that could accrue to UP through IT in primary and higher education, industry and health sectors. He provided detailed insight about how could IT be harnessed to eradicate illiteracy from UP in another 10 years and providing quality education in schools situated in remote areas.

During 2010-11, IT exports from UP clocked about Rs 11,000 crore and this year, it is likely to touch almost Rs 14,000 crore. It is lesser known that UP was once among the country’s top 3 IT exporters, but now it had slumped to the sixth position.

A progressive IT policy would not only give a great fillip to the sector, but boost e-governance in the state, which had taken some roots in the form of common service centres.

Yadav had already directed officials to take steps to promote IT and BPO industry in Lucknow and Agra. He observed there was good employment potential in the IT sector and a new policy was vital to impart IT-centric education to the youth.

Meanwhile, the presentation also talked about creating newer employment opportunities and encouraging economic activity through IT.

Shiv Nadar is also the chairman of , which runs a university in Greater Noida and runs VidyaGyan Schools in Bulandshahr, Sitapur and Varanasi districts for children of deprived sections of society.

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