CISCO Launches New Manufacturing Facility in Pune; Launch Event Held in Mumbai

Marketing | October 18, 2016 | Guest Article

Cisco The Taj Mahal Palace Gitikka Ganju Dhar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nation-building initiatives, Make In India, Digital India and Skill India, in the years 2014 & 2015.These are major national initiatives designed to facilitate investment; foster innovation; enhance skill development; protect intellectual property; and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure. There has never been a better time to Make in India.

CISCO is committed to partnering with India on this journey. Walking the talk, US-based tech giant Cisco commenced its manufacturing operations in Pune as part its efforts to scale up operations in India and eventually make the country an export hub for its products. India is the 12th country, joining nations like the US, Mexico, China, Brazil and Malaysia, to house Cisco's manufacturing facility.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis virtually launched the facility at an event held at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai on October 12. Also present on the occasion were Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, Government of India; Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India; Chuck Robbins, CEO, CISCO; and Dinesh Malkani, President, CISCO. They all addressed the gathering.

Team Kestone, led by Jasmeet Pal Singh designed, managed and executed the event.

As a part of the commitment, Cisco has digitized a school in Dharavi and a public heath-centre in a rural village in Nagpur. Ganesh Vidya Mandir High School in Dharavi has been linked to provide the students access to virtual classrooms, after school.  Devendra Fadnavis said that this was an important step in the journey towards a fully digitized Maharashtra. "We plan to invest Rs 5000 crore towards various digital projects. We plan to set up Maha Net on the lines of Bharat Net through a special purpose vehicle which will include industry experts," said Fadnavis during the launch function in Colaba. Fadnavis and Chuck Robbins indulged in a delightful interaction with students from the school. They also witnessed a live interaction, over video link, between doctors at a faraway location and a patient at a sub-centre in Fetri. Also, what was very interesting was that CISCO CEO Robbins handed out visiting cards which marked his designation as “Pramukh Karyapalak Adhikari” in Hindi. I also overheard that Robbins has visiting cards printed in many Indian languages including Marathi, the official language of Maharashtra.

I had the pleasure to host the proceedings. Between my entries I stood listening and thinking that through their actions, these men and women were taking our India towards a digitised future. That is why some events, truly feel good to be a part of. Jai Hind!

The event at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai saw Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis present as Chief Guests, while others present included top management at Cisco.

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