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Knowledge City, Trivandrum

  1. 1. Establishing the Knowledge City in Trivandrum
  2. 2. Executive Summary• The Knowledge Economy is the fastest growing segment in the global economy; significant job and wealth creator• A Knowledge city is a cluster of institutions that are part of the Knowledge economy• It benefits from clustering effects and the presence of a pre- existing knowledge economy• Trivandrum is the best choice for such a project in Kerala because it has a unique knowledge ecosystem that’s unmatched in the country, is the biggest city in Kerala and has all the infrastructural requirements for such a project• The project should integrate existing nodes and greenfield components
  3. 3. The Knowledge Economy• Functions by adding value through information and its flows – Education, Research & Development and Services• Has overtaken the agricultural and industrial sectors in most developed nations• Creates competitive advantages for the country or region• Tends to be less vulnerable to economic upheavals as it creates intellectual capital instead of competing on cost or production quality• Environmentally friendly• Major employment generator; high indirect employment multiplier
  4. 4. The Knowledge Economy• Functions by adding value through information and its flows – Education, Research & Development and Services• Has overtaken the agricultural and industrial sectors in most developed nations• Creates competitive advantages for the country or region• Tends to be less vulnerable to economic upheavals as it creates intellectual capital instead of competing on cost or production quality• Environmentally friendly• Major employment generator; high indirect employment multiplier
  5. 5. Key PrinciplesA Knowledge City is essentially a knowledge economy ‘cluster’.Relevant research comes from MIT (Dennis Frenchman et al) andHarvard (Michael Porter et al)• Economies of agglomeration – knowledge institutions benefit through proximity; promotes flow of information across sectors and collaborative work• Knowledge Ecosystem – has to be a balance of research and application; various types of players are needed – educational, R&D, institutional• Live-Work-Play: closer integration of core activity and support facilities• Urban Location – Knowledge based clusters are moving into the city or into the urban edge to take advantage of density and the quality of life in an urban area
  6. 6. The Knowledge City• The Knowledge City is a urban development that seeks to facilitate and promote the knowledge economy• While the City will seek to be self-contained in many aspects in order to attract talent and investment, it has to be part of a broader information ecosystem• Projects built in existing ecosystems – such as Seoul Media City, Orestad (Copenhagen), the East Cambridge cluster (Boston) and so on – have had far greater success than pure greenfield projects such as Masdar (Abu Dhabi).• Greenfield projects are very risky and capital intensive
  7. 7. Components of the Knowledge City• Information Generators: World-class R&D institutions, higher educational institutions• Incubators• Production Units: Industries such as IT, electronics manufacturing, biotechnology, aerospace, medical sciences etc that utilize the information generated in the cluster to create economic value• Talent Sources: Educational institutions at all levels to create industry specific and industry responsive talent• Urban Infrastructure: Residential units and associated urban amenities, efficient urban transport and infrastructure facilities
  8. 8. Why Trivandrum’s the Best Locationfor Kerala’s Knowledge City?• Vibrant Knowledge Ecosystem – Over a dozen world-class institutions of higher education and R&D – Kerala’s IT hub; accounts for 70% of the State’s technology industry – Best-in-class industrial development in aerospace and medical services – Abundant, high quality and diverse fresh talent pool• Urban Infrastructure – Kerala’s biggest city – Has best urban infrastructure in Kerala – Has a cosmopolitan, service sector oriented culture – Robust power and water supply• Strong national and international transportation linkages• Availability of land close to the periphery of the city
  9. 9. Why Trivandrum’s the Best Locationfor Kerala’s Knowledge City?• Vibrant Knowledge Ecosystem – Over a dozen world-class institutions of higher education and R&D – Kerala’s IT hub; accounts for 70% of the State’s technology industry – Best-in-class industrial development in aerospace and medical services – Abundant, high quality and diverse fresh talent pool• Urban Infrastructure – Kerala’s biggest city – Has best urban infrastructure in Kerala – Has a cosmopolitan, service sector oriented culture – Robust power and water supply• Strong national and international transportation linkages• Availability of land close to the periphery of the city
  10. 10. Knowledge Ecosystem in TrivandrumSector InstitutionsInformation Technopark, Technocity, KINFRA IT SEZ, CDAC, C-DITTechnology IISER, NIIST, Indian Institute of Molecular SciencesBasic Research (Proposed)Aerospace VSSC, LPSC, IIST, Brahmos AerospaceBiotechnology Rajiv Gandhi Center for BiotechnologyMedical Sciences Sri Chitra Institute for Medical Sciences, RCC Kerala University, IGNOU, Kerala Agricultural University,Universities Kerala Technical University Technopark Business Incubator, Trivandrum Research andIncubators Engineering (TREST)
  11. 11. Components of a Knowledge City• Education and R&D Core – Establish a multi-disciplinary National-level institute such as an IIT – Attract a world-class foreign institution to set up its Indian campus in the project; will enhance the project’s global brand – Create infrastructure and incentives for private R&D and educational institutions on a PPP basis – Integrate institutions such as IISER, IIST into the cluster and provide new campuses for RGCB and SCTIMST• Production Areas – Centered around Technopark and Technocity – Create new areas for emerging sectors – nanotechnology, biotechnology and aerospace – Attract existing players such as Brahmos and ISRO with new land parcels – Could be in multiple parcels
  12. 12. Components of a Knowledge City• Social and Urban Infrastructure – Create residential enclaves to meet at least part of the demand – Self-contained social amenity set – Mass transportation (monorail) and road linkages with the rest of the metropolitan area – High-speed linkages with the Airport – Linkages with external nodes such as the IISER-IIST cluster or with Technopark; fiber optic ring network and shuttle buses – Robust power supply and district cooling systems• Project would need upwards of a 1000 acres; to be located close to the NH-66 or another arterial road and close to some of the key existing nodes
  13. 13. Key Junctions along the Proposed Stretch Possible Locations Technocity Media and Animation Park Stadium and Sports Complex Technopark Phase I Technopark Phase III Technopark Phase II Rail Terminal International Airport Bus Terminal Arterial Road 6/4 Lanes Kovalam Tourism Zone Vizhinjam Deepwater Port
  14. 14. Project Benefits• Economic activity: Technopark currently generates Rs 4500 Crores of exports; the Knowledge City project could generate 20X• Employment: Technopark alone employs 40,000 and the broader knowledge sector about 100,000; the project could increase this by a factor of 5X• Competitive Advantage: Boost Kerala’s chances in the global knowledge economy and place it at par with comparable entities such as Singapore.• Local Benefits: Expand Kerala’s economy through indirect effects, improve the educational sector and transfer technology to improve the daily lives of citizens
  15. 15. Thank You

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