Arvind Kumar has joined as Director General of Software Technology of India (STPI). STPI is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. STPI is fuelling the culture of tech entrepreneurship and innovation in the country by launching 25+ Centers of Entrepreneurship in emerging technology domains. NGIS is the flagship program of MeitY implemented by STPI to realize the vision of NPSP to democratize software product development in Tier-2/3 cities by providing a robust ecosystem, which will lead to IPR creation, product development, and generate employment opportunities for the skilled talent pool. Under Arvind Kumar’s able leadership STPI will further reach new heights.
Sh. Arvind Kumar, DG, STPI, said “STPI, in my opinion, should serve as a one-stop-shop for technology startups. I believe that startups can primarily contribute to the accomplishment of Governments / MeitY's vision of one trillion-dollar digital economy."
Currently, STPI-registered units have reached IT/ITeS/ESDM exports of over Rs. 5 lakh crores. STPI is one of the largest tech incubators in India with an area of approx.13 lakh sq. ft. spread across various Tier 1/2/3 cities. STPI is also assisting in the formulation of India BPO Promotion Scheme 2.0. Further to strengthen the electronics sector STPI has undertaken a rolling out of the Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme.
Before joining STPI, Shri Arvind Kumar was working in the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in 2004. As an advisor in TRAI, he was responsible for broadband, data security and privacy issues, manufacturing, DTH, IPTV, TV broadcasting, and OTT, after having worked since 1997 in the Indian Government-run premier technology center, C-DoT. He holds an MTech degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.
STPI has been activating multiple initiatives for promoting entrepreneurship and creating a robust start-up ecosystem in the country. With this vision, to build the next wave of budding entrepreneurs, 21+ CoEs in emerging technologies are being set up by STPI in a collaborative approach across the country and STPI shall act as single-window facilitation centers to extend requisite lab support, funding & mentoring.