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STPI-Bhubaneswar, one of the ten STPI jurisdictions, is based out at Bhubaneswar, Odisha and has 5 sub-centres located at Berhampur, Deoghar, Patna, Ranchi, and Rourkela. Housed in Bhubaneswar, a major IT cluster in easter part of India, STPI-Bhubaneswar has been the backbone for the growth of software and hardware industry in the states of Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand since last three decades and has enabled Bhubaneswar to emerge as one of the leading IT clusters in Tier-2 cities of India.
STPI-Bhubaneswar has ensured the growth of software exports from the eastern region of India and generated employment and entrepreneurial opportunities by bolstering the economic progress of the nation. In FY 2020-21, STPI-registered units under STPI-Bhubaneswar jurisdiction contributed Rs. 2,589.26 crore IT/ITeS/ESDM exports.
In 1990, Bhubaneswar was one of the first three Software Technology Parks (STPs) that was established along with other two STPs at Bengaluru and Pune, which later merged in June 1991 into a single autonomous society called Software Technology Parks of India. STPI-Bhubaneswar had developed 700 sq. mt. ready-to-use space for member units. Three units started operation during FY 1992-93.
The Role of STPI in the growth of the IT industry has been tremendous, especially in the case of start-up SMEs. STP scheme the catalyst The STP scheme is a 100 percent export-oriented scheme for the development and export of computer software, including export of professional services using communication links or physical media. This scheme is unique in its nature as it focuses on one product/sector, i.e. computer software. The scheme integrates the government concept of 100 percent Export Oriented Units (EOUs) and Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and the concept of Science Parks/Technology Parks, as operating elsewhere in the world. The total exports from the STPI-registered units under STPI-Bhubaneswar has gone from Rs. 0.27 crore in 1992-93 to Rs. 2,589.26 crore in FY 2020-21.
Electropreneur Park, Bhubaneswar
Electropreneur Park (EP), Bhubaneswar, the second ESDM CoE established after EP, Delhi, was soft lunched in December 2019. EP, Bhubaneswar has 7,000 sq. ft. built up space with state-of-the-art facilities designated for incubation and ESDM Lab. Eight startups are being incubated here. EP, Bhubaneswar has 23 mentors, 7 partners, and it has conducted 11 training/mentorship programs.
VARCoE, a CoE on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality established at IIT Bhubaneswar by funding from MeitY, Govt. of Odisha, STPI, and philanthropic funding, has massive innovation potential across a wide range of industries and research fields. This research and innovation are currently across a range of domains including – Product and Skill Development, Health and Medical Science, Art and Architecture, Transport, Construction, Tourism, Entertainment, Education, and Productivity Software. One of the most advanced labs in VR & AR technologies is being set up to help startups come up with new products and solutions. Eight startups are being incubated here. VARCoE has 14 mentors and 3 partners.
STPI has set up FAB Lab in association with MIT Fab Lab Foundation USA, and support from Government of Odisha. After completion of the Fab Zero Training Program, the FAB Lab has been operational since April 2019. IT startups like Phoenix Robotics, Teceads Solutions Pvt. Ltd, and SakRobotics have successfully designed a couple of prototyped for their projects. During COVD-19 pandemic, FAB Lab has played significant role by designing and fabricating various PPE equipment to cater the needs of COVD warriors including para medical staffs, sanitary workers, cleaners, police & the persons who are coming across pubic while performing the duty. STPI-Bhubaneswar has also distributed the Face Shields designed & fabricated at FAB Lab to State Govt. Depts. like Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Transport Dept. etc. for safeguarding filed staffs.
Establishment of New STPI Centres
STPI-Bhubaneswar is coordinating with the various government agencies in Odisha for setting up the new STPI centres. 1. STPI Jeypore Centre: Land has allotted to develop 10,700 sq. ft. (G+1). The building completion date is February 2022. 2. STPI Jajpur Centre: 3 acres of land has been allotted to develop 20,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art incubation centre. 3. STPI Sambalpur Centre: 2.65 acres of land has been allotted to develop 15,000 sq. ft. (G+1) infrastructure. 4. STPI Angul Centre: 2.95 acres of land has been allotted to carry out 20,000 sq. ft. (G+1) constructuction.
Establishment of New Lab
Semiconductor Characterization Lab: STPI is in the process of inviting fresh tender with revised terms & conditions and specifications as recommended by the committee.
Tier III Standard Data Centre (DC)
STPI-Bhubaneswar has come up with a Tier-III compliant Data Centre in the ELITE Building at Gothapatana spread over 7,500 sq. ft. with around 3,000 sq. ft. of Server Farm Area to house 120 racks. At present, 49 racks are populated which can provide robust digital infrastructure to incubates, startups, MSMEs, corporate houses, government departments to drive their digital business by leveraging server co-location, cloud services & managed IT services, business continuity plan (BCP) with additional robust features like N+1 fault tolerance, 24X7 monitoring and support with 99.98% uptime and 96 hours protection from power outages.
STPI has expanded its presence pan-India since its inception in 1991 with 3 centres to disperse tech-driven entrepreneurship to Tier-II/III cities. Today, STPI has 62 centres of which 54 centres are in Tier-II/III cities. These centres have been playing a pivotal role in boosting IT/ITeS/ESDM exports from the respective region, generating employment, and fostering startups to develop software products.
Below timeline represents STPI-BBSR's Sub-centres along with their year of establishment