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Karnataka govt releases revised draft biotechnology policy

The government of Karnataka on Wednesday released the draft document of the Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC) policy and a revised draft of the biotechnology policy at the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2023.

Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the 26th edition of the three-day technology meet at the sprawling Bangalore Palace Grounds with the theme ‘Breaking Boundaries’.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said, “The policy revision reflects our commitment to staying ahead of the curve and fostering growth in the critical sector.”

Recognising the evolving landscape of technology and creativity, Siddaramaiah said that the government had understood the importance of Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (AVGC) which has spurred it to launch the new AVGC-XR policy which is a testament to the government’s commitment and progressive approach in leading India’s AVGC sector towards achieving global excellence.

The chief minister said that the state has consistently held the top position in NITI Ayog’s India Innovation Index for the last three years and that the state has been recognised as the top performer in DPIIT’s ranking.

Karnataka government is focused on building a seamless ecosystem that attracts investment, talent and opportunities.

“We want Karnataka to be seen as the hub with an ‘end-to-end ecosystem’ for innovating and growing businesses,” Siddaramaiah said.

The chief minister added that the government will aim to bridge the digital divide to ensure the benefits of technology reach every citizen, regardless of their background.

He said that the government aims to bridge this gap through targeted initiatives by utilising the power of data and analytics to drive informed decision-making in governance, adding that, ‘Beyond Bengaluru’ is one such initiative.

He also said the government will invest in infrastructure to support the next wave of innovation, foster collaboration between industry and academia and create policies that propel Karnataka to new heights on the global tech stage.

Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar appealed to the industry captains to extend a helping hand to enhance the level of education in rural areas and upgrade the skills of students studying in rural areas.

Industry and technology captains from 30 countries are participating in the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2023 which is being organised by the Information Technology and Biotechnology department of the government of Karnataka in association with Software Technology Parks of India. The summit will host technical sessions over the three days until December 1. ANI

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