In the last decade or so, Information Technology (IT) and IT Enabled Services have made a significant contribution to the Indian Economy. As per data available with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the quantum of IT & ITES exports from India in 2014-15 stood at 5.94 lakh crore. IT bellwether Karnataka and India’s newest state of Telangana clocked the highest growth rate in exports in 2014-15.
Information Technology (IT) has been one of the mainstays of the Indian Economy in the last 10 years. IT & ITES exports have been growing each year and contribute significantly to the economy. In 2014-15, the total IT exports from India was 5.94 lakh crore rupees as per the information given by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in response to a RTI application by Factly. South India contributes more than 2/3rd of the total exports. Karnataka & the newly formed state of Telangana clocked the highest growth rates among the states with more than 10000 crore rupees in export.
IT Exports grow by more than 140% in 6 years Indian IT exports have grown by more than 140% in six years from 2009-10 to 2014-15. From 2.42 lakh crore in 2009-10, the exports grew to 5.94 lakh crore in 2014-15. Except for 2010-11, there was double digit growth rate in rest of the years. The growth rate was close to 25% for three consecutive years (2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14) and it was 17% in 2014-15.
South India Contributes more than 2/3rd of the Exports As expected, South India leads the rest of regions in IT exports by quite some distance. The share of south has been increasing in the last 3 years. From 63% in 2012-13, the share of south went to 67.6% in 2014-15. In 2014-15, West accounted for 17% of the exports (largely from Maharashtra), while the North accounted for 12.8% (largely from Noida & Gurgaon). The East accounted for only 2.5%, largely from West Bengal.
Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra make up for 80% of the exports The four states of Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra make up for close to 80% of the all the exports in the three years from 2012-13 to 2014-15. The rest of the country makes up for the remaining 20%. The big IT hubs of Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune & Chennai contribute significantly to this number. It has to be noted that the Ministry of Commerce has segregated exports for the current day states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh starting from the year 2012-13.
Karnataka & Telangana clock the highest growth rate In 2014-15, IT bellwether Karnataka clocked the highest growth rate in IT Exports with a 30.6% growth followed by the newest state of Telangana with 20% growth rate. Of the other states with exports of more than 10000 crore, only Kerala had double digit growth rate of 20% in 2014-15 (largely because of a smaller base). The current state of Andhra Pradesh has only 7000 crore in exports since the IT hub of Hyderabad is now part of Telangana. It also looks like the bifurcation had little or no impact on the IT Industry in Telangana and Hyderabad.
Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.