Cyber Park Kozhikode
Government of Kerala could foresee the potential in this sector as early as in 1990 and had successfully built and marketed TechnoPark (in the southern region) and InfoPark (in the Central region) and has now launched CyberPark for the IT and Infrastructure development of the northern region of the State. Its first project is the development of Cyberpark in Kozhikode and as its spokes Kannur and Kazargode IT parks are on the pipe line. The IT Parks that have been setup at Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi have caused a huge growth in the local economy, by becoming a catalyst for infrastructure and social development, and providing employment for thousands in and around the region.
Accommodating a number of reputed educational institutions including the Indian Institute of Management, National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode has been in the radar of the IT/ITES investors for a number of years now. Further the lower cost of Infrastructure, closeness to major IT destinations like Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore puts Malabar as the next strategic location for any kind of IT/ITES developments.
While tapping into the large pool of locally available skilled resources and reputed educational institutions, the purpose of Cyberpark is to provide a friendly, cost effective and top of the line infrastructure to the IT/ITES investors, there by acting as a catalyst for the social and infrastructure development of the region with a vision to provide unlimited employment opportunities and a substantial contribution to economical development of the state especially the Malabar Region.
As a part of initial infrastructure development, the following facilities are proposed to be created by Cyberpark.
Cyberpark is a society formed by GoK under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 with the main object of acting as a hub for the development of the IT/ITES industry in northern region of the Kerala State.
Kozhikode , also known as Calicut, is a city in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is the third largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode district. During the middle Ages, Kozhikode was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices. Kozhikode was once the capital of an independent kingdom viz of ‘Imotions’ and later of the erstwhile Malabar District.
Kozhikode is located at 11°15 N 75°46'E / 11.25°N 75.77°E / 11.25; 75.77. It has an average elevation of 1 metre (3 feet). There are a number of rivers and lakes in the district. The district has a generally humid climate with a reasonably hot season extending from March to May. The main rainy season is during the South-West Monsoon, which sets in the first week of June and extends up to September. The North-East Monsoon extends from the second half of October through November. The average annual rainfall is 3,266 mm. The best weather is found towards the end of the year, in December and January – the skies are clear, and the air is crisp. The city is well connected by Road, Rail and Air. Other modes of transportation include auto rickshaws, taxis, and ordinary and luxury buses. The international airport located about 20 KMs away from the City makes it well connected with the major national and international cities.
The pollution free atmosphere and the large pool of skilled human talent available in the region make it the most suitable destination for knowledge based industries. The people of Kozhikode are well known all over the world for their honesty – giving the town a repute as “City of Truth” – making it the ideal location for IT and ITES industries, that leverage in the high quality manpower.
The availability of low cost highly skilled resources, of which a substantial portion is qualified female IT professionals, good civil infrastructure including the international airport with over 50 daily flights connecting Middle East, European and American destinations, good quality hospitals, International schools, shopping malls and entertainment facilities etc., it is imperative that an SEZ must be developed at the earliest in order to ensure the growth of knowledge based units in the region and thereby to the further social and economical development of the region as well as to penetrate the economic growth in to the peripheral rural economy from the urbans, where it is presently concentrated. The current proposal for establishing an IT SEZ in Kozhikode is a step in this direction.
Kozhikode – Economy
Kozhikode is one of the main commercial cities of Kerala. The economy is mainly business oriented.
A large proportion of the male population are employed in the Middle Eastern countries, and their remittances to home are an important part of the local economy.
Kozhikode has witnessed a building boom in recent years. This is particularly evident in the number of malls built in recent years. Other planned projects include the Birla IT park (at Mavoor),UL Cyberpark and Malaysian satellite city (at Kinaloor).
Kozhikode in terms of Education and R&D
Kozhikode is home to two of the premier educational institutions in the country:
Some of the other major institutes in Kozhikode are:
Demand for Office Space
Real estate sector has witnessed heightened activity due to perceptible demand in all sectors; hospitality, residential, retail and office space. Traditionally the demand from leisure travellers to tourist destinations to Wayanad and northern region of Kerala has been fuelling the growth and development of hospitality industry. In future, the growth of IT/ITES sector, medical tourism, and other development projects are expected to drive the demand for business hotels in the future.
Demand for office space in Kozhikode is expected to grow at a brisk pace. The CyberPark initiative, various infrastructure projects, general business investments coming from the NRI groups, in the background of low manpower costs, high literacy and easy availability of talent pool, low attrition rates, low to moderate real estate costs, inexpensive cost of living etc. are expected to attract more IT/ITES companies and other knowledge based industries to Kozhikode in the next 3 – 5 years.
Existing IT Activities in Kozhikode
There are over 40 IT companies presently operating in and around Kozhikode, in different locations. The KINFRA Park at Kakkancherry has accommodated 16 companies. The NIT, Kozhikode has incubated about 14 companies. There are two professional organizations – CiTi – Kozhikode IT initiative and Caffit, who organize IT related seminars and workwhops in association with NASSCOM and KSITM. It is interesting to note that NASSCOM had maximum number of such events organized in Kozhikode, compared to the other cities in the State. This shows the initiative of existing IT companies in Kozhikode. It is interesting to note that there is focus on Product Development and IT services.