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Union Cabinet approves National Policy on Software Products 2019

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the National Policy on Software Products 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation.

Mar 1, 2019 16:01 IST
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The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 1, 2019 approved the National Policy on Software Products 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation.

The software product ecosystem is characterised by innovations, Intellectual Property (IP) creation and large value addition increase in productivity, which has the potential to significantly boost revenues and exports in the sector, create substantive employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in emerging technologies and leverage opportunities available under the digital India programme, thus, leading to a boost in inclusive and sustainable growth.

Objective

The National Policy on Software Products 2019 aims to develop India as the global software product hub, driven by innovation, improved commercialisation, sustainable Intellectual Property (IP), promoting technology start­ups and specialised skill sets.

It also aims to align with other government initiatives such as start-up India, make in India and Digital India, Skill India, in order to create Indian software products Industry of USD 70-80 billion with direct and indirect employment of 3.5 million by 2025.

Key Highlights

Initially, an outlay of Rs 1500 crore is involved to implement the programmes and schemes envisaged under this policy over a period of 7 years.   

The amount will be divided into Software Product Development Fund (SPDF) and Research & Innovation fund.

The policy will lead to the formulation of several schemes, initiatives, projects and measures for the development of software products sector in the country as per the envisaged roadmap.

To achieve its vision, the new policy has earmarked the following five missions:

Promoting the creation of a sustainable Indian software product industry, driven by intellectual property (IP), leading to a ten-fold increase in India share of the Global Software product market by 2025.

Nurturing 10,000 technology startups in software product industry, including 1000 such technology startups in Tier-II and Tier-III towns and cities and generating direct and indirect employment for 3.5 million people by 2025.

Creating a talent pool for the software product industry through:

(i) Up-skilling of 1,000,000 IT professionals

(ii) Motivating 100,000 school and college students

(iii) Generating 10,000 specialized professionals that can provide leadership

(iv)  Building a cluster-based innovation-driven ecosystem by developing 20 sectoral and strategically located software product development clusters having integrated ICT infrastructure, marketing, incubation, research and development testbeds and mentoring support.

(v) In order to evolve and monitor scheme and programmes for the implementation of this policy, National Software Products Mission will be set up with participation from government, academia and industry.

Background

The Indian IT Industry has predominantly been a service Industry. However, a need has been felt to move up the value chain through technology-oriented products and services.

Hence, to create a robust software product ecosystem the Government has approved the National Policy on Software Products – 2019.

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