First off, let me congratulate and thank all of you for making
IESA Vision Summit 2013 a grand success. This Vision Summit
was very special to all of us as we changed from ISA
(representing the semiconductor industry in India), to IESA
– India Electronics & Semiconductor Association, with the
aspiration to be the definitive voice of the ESDM eco-system
The change from ISA to IESA is more than just a change in
name. It is a reflection of the changes in our industry.
Semiconductors are at the heart of any electronic system but
there are other significant aspects of an electronic
end-product. The last few years have brought about the
realization that we can only build a self-sufficient, USD 400
billion domestic market for ESDM by nurturing the entire
ecosystem -- which includes both electronics companies and
Yet, in several ways, our work remains unchanged. Even as ISA,
we have been working relentlessly to promote the Indian ESDM
industry as a whole in the last few years. If anything, the
change in name to IESA only sharpens our focus on developing a
vibrant ecosystem in the domestic ESDM industry. The timing
could not have been better. Discussion after discussion in
Vision Summit 2013 brought about glaring inadequacies of the
current ecosystem in the country. This, coupled with the
overwhelmingly positive response we have received so far from
the industry and the government, has shown us that we are
indeed on the right path. In the months to come, we will give
you more specific details on how we plan to forge ahead under
the new banner of IESA.
Let me now take you through everything else that has been
happening since my last note to you.
Vision Summit 2013, the first under our new name IESA,
was a runaway success. This time we had many more
international delegates and speakers, encouraging talks by
Indian product companies, Industry luminaries and some really
thought-provoking sessions from senior government officials.
It was evident from various discussions that discourse about
ESDM industry in India has started to shift towards
implementation of the ideas and policies which have been
conceived in last couple of years. We had record number of
delegates who attended the opening sessions, two days of
intense discussions and excellent media coverage during and
Technovation Awards 2012 were also announced during
Vision Summit in keeping with our increasing focus on
innovation both in academics and industry. We received
excellent response in both areas and this platform has helped
us recognize and reward the academic excellence, promising
entrepreneurs and leaders whose life long work has helped
shaping the field of Electronics and Semiconductors. Please
visit our website for a full list of our award winners.
importance of favourable government initiatives and policies
was another key takeaway of Vision Summit. Here too, IESA has
been making significant progress. We are today a trusted
knowledge partner to the government both at central &
state levels. As most of you be already aware that several
elements of the National Electronics Policy like Modified
SIPS, Electronics Manufacturing Clusters and preference for
domestically manufactured products are already approved and
making good progress towards implementation. IESA has been
actively involved in development of guidelines and
implementation of these initiatives. The impact of the work
done in ESDM area has also figured prominently in budget
2013-14 in terms of Incentives for Fab, duty increase on
imported set-top boxes from 5% to 10% and additional 15%
incentives on investments more than Rs. 100 Cr. These are very
significant incentives for the Indian ESDM industry and will
help in catalyzing domestic product design and manufacturing.
As part of our Government initiatives IESA voice is also
reaching to the ministries beyond DeitY. We recently had a
detailed discussion on the Indian EDSM landscape with the
Planning Commission including Dr. Montek Singh and Mr. Arun
Maira and it reflected in excellent address by Mr. Arun Maira
during Vision Summit.
On the States front we have been working very closely with
several states including Karnataka, Odisha, and several
others. The Karnataka Govt. has setup an ICT Vision Group (KIG)
to create a vision 2020 for the state under leadership of Mr.
Mohandas Pai & Mr. B.V. Naidu where Mr. Sanjay Nayak and
myself represented the ESDM industry.
The ISA F&S (2011 -2015) ESDM Report has been released
is now available for purchase. A precursor to our name change,
this is India’s first ground-up report on the entire ESDM
industry covering all aspects and segments of ESDM in
India. The contents of this report are eye-openers and already
being referred in several discussions and platforms.
Congratulations to the team which was led by Mr. Ashok Chandak.
On the International collaboration front, IESA
participated in a Karnataka government led business delegation
to Israel. During the four days of engaging discussions
several opportunities have emerged in the Defense Sector and
Technology collaborations for ESDM products.
You will recollect that IESA, in association with other
prominent trade bodies, had set up the Electronics Sector
Skills Council of India (ESSCI). We recently participated
in the first ever meeting of the ESSCI held in Kochi in
collaboration with the Government of Kerala. A comprehensive
roadmap for skill development in the state of Kerala was
identified during this one-day workshop.
Last but not least, on behalf of whole IESA community, I would
like to congratulate the team at Cosmic Circuits led by Mr.
Ganapathy Subramaniam, for being first Indian Semiconductor IP
Company to have a successful exit. You will recall the news
about them being acquired by Cadence.
Before signing off, I want to reiterate that IESA is because
of all of you and your support is absolutely vital to us. I
look forward to your comments, feedback and suggestions,
particularly in the wake of our reorientation as IESA. Please
mail me at
and let us keep the conversation going.
Chairman - IESA