About Us


Karnataka ICT Group (KIG 2020) was formed under the leadership of Mr. Mohandas Pai and Mr. B V Naidu which was charted to develop Karnataka’s roadmap to undisputed global leadership in ICT by the year 2020. In the state budget 2013-14, it has been announced as follows “To encourage entrepreneurship and innovation it is proposed to establish incubation centres in ICT sector in association with selected engineering colleges at district headquarters”. The program is designed to give preference to students, research scholars and alumni of the chosen colleges compared to those from other colleges in the district. The program will be more tuned to students and alumni from emerging ICT centres catering to the problems of local needs rather than following the incubation centres in big cities that look at global problems.

The current incubation models that are prevailing are infrastructure support incubation centres or academic focused incubation centres. However it is essential to create new age incubation centres at all the 9 centres with the active support of the industry. Some of these incubation centres can be further strengthened to focus more on IP/Product development as “Innovation centres". Entrepreneurship development and mentoring is one of the ten initiatives of KIG 2020 for creating new opportunities and jobs. One of the tasks under this head is to build ‘Karnataka New Age Incubation Network’ to be located in the chosen colleges that are in the nine emerging ICT centres.

Incidentally, Dakshina kannada and udupi has been recognized as one of the emerging ICT cities. Advancing in this direction, the Karnataka Innovation & Technology Society (Formerly Karnataka Biotechnology and Information Technology Services), a society duly registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960, has selected NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte as one of the nine engineering colleges during Phase-1 selection process for setting up 'Karnataka New Age Incubation Network'. NMAMIT is the only engineering college chosen from Dakshina Kannada and udupi district during Phase-1 selection process for the network which will be located in chosen colleges that are in the emerging ICT centres. A memorandum of understanding between NMAMIT and KITS was signed in Bangalore on 30th December 2013.

This programme would select entrepreneurs by giving first preference to students, research scholars and alumni of the chosen colleges and next preference to those from other colleges in the respective districts. The programme would cater to the projects that solve local problems and find solutions to the local needs. All the nine incubation centres, selected by KITS, will be networked to share their experiences and learn from one another. Currently, the NAIN Centers have been setup in 33 Colleges [i.e., Phase-I (2013) : 9 Colleges, Phase-II (2017): 10 Colleges, Phase-III (2018): 13 Colleges.] [Refer:]

The objective of Skills Development is to create a workforce empowered with the necessary and continuously upgraded skills, knowledge and internationally recognised qualifications to gain access to decent employment and ensure national competitiveness in the dynamic global market. The main aim is to increase the productivity and employability of employees both in the organised and unorganised sectors. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) "Skills development is of key importance in stimulating a sustainable development process and can make a contribution in facilitating the transition from an informal to formal economy. It is also essential to address the opportunities and challenges to meet new demands of changing economics and new technologies in the context of globalisation." To increase the significance with future employment market including promotion of self employment, Soft skills and entrepreneurship skills will be made integral part of skill development.

  • Improving efficiency and living standards of the individuals.
  • Strengthening competitiveness of the country.
  • Increased investment in skills development.
  • To afford institution based skills development including ITIs / ITCs / Vocational schools / technical schools / polytechnics / professional colleges
  • Learning initiatives of sectoral skill development organised by different ministries/department.
  • Formal and informal apprenticeships and other types of training by enterprises training for self-employment /entrepreneurial development.