Karnataka government launches Engineering R&D Policy 2021 to foster innovation and take a lead in the sector

The Karnataka state government launched its Engineering R&D (ER&D) Policy 2021, a first-of-its-kind state-level policy to foster innovation and address the evolving needs of the changing global tech landscape.

Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka [Image Credit: Twitter]

While addressing the audience during the launch event on Tuesday, March 2,20201, Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka said that the policy is aimed at enabling the state to contribute about 45 percent of India’s engineering R&D economy.

The state government has also partnered with NASSCOM to take Karnataka’s ER&D prowess to global platforms. 

According to the official policy, this initiative is aimed at augmenting the state’s leadership in ER&D, boosting competitiveness among state players, and accelerating technology-led economic growth. 

The policy has been mainly formulated to attract MNCs to establish their ER&D centres in the state, market the engineering advantages Karnataka offers to global organisations, and also generate job opportunities.

As a part of this policy, the Government of Karnataka (GoK) will provide:

1) Reimbursement of 50 percent of rent up to Rs 2 crore or Rs 1,666 per employee per month to an MNC Indian entity for setting up or expanding GCC (Global Capability Centres) in engineering R&D beyond Bengaluru urban district;

2) GoK will also offer recruitment assistance of Rs 20 lakh to MNC Indian entities for setting up or expanding operations beyond Bengaluru urban district;

3) The government will provide an investment subsidy of 20 percent up to Rs 2 crore for setting up GCCs beyond Bengaluru urban district; and

4) GoK will consider applicants meeting two criteria – i) Providing employment greater or equal to 3,000 people and ii) Will investment size of Rs 250 crore and above.

Dr. Ashwathnarayan added that the policy includes five priority sectors including i) Aerospace and Defence; ii) Software products; iii) Automobile, Auto components and Electric Vehicles; iv) Biotechnology, Pharma, and Medical devices; and v) Semiconductors, Telecom and Electronics System Design and Manufacturing.

During the event, he also said that the policy will facilitate the government’s Beyond Bengaluru vision and fuel ER&D opportunities in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. “This will boost domestic manufacturing capabilities and uphold the spirit of MakeInIndia,” he adds.

Addressing the audience, Kris Gopalkrishnan, Co-founder of IT giant Infosys said that with this policy, the state government has taken the lead in providing support for the IT Industry with the state policy for ER&D.