SITA’s IT Expo puts it on the national map

DQW Bureau
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With the participation of NASSCOM, MAIT, NACIT and The DQ Week, the annual IT

Expo orga-nized by the South Gujarat In-formation Technologists Asso-ciation (SITA)

has put the asso-ciation on the national IT map.

Vinnie Mehta, Executive Dir-ector, MAIT, was the chief gu-est. Guests of

honor included Rajiv Vaishnav, Regional Dire-ctor (West), NASSCOM; Saurin Shah,

President, NACIT; Asim Raina, Editor, The DQ Week; Paras Shah, MD, Neoteric

Infomatique; and Ashok Shah, President, South Gujarat Cham-ber of Commerce.

The program began with the traditional prayer, which was followed by Paresh

Bookseller, President, SITA, welcoming the guests. Then Dipak Shethwala, Expo

Chairman, gave the sali-ent details of this year’s event. This was followed by

all the guests jointly lighting the lamp and releasing the souvenir. After the

guests made their cus-tomary speeches, Hiten Shah, VP, SITA, proposed a vote of



The Surat expo is considered to be the largest IT expo of Guj-arat. Held for

the first time in 1997, this was the eighth con-secutive event. Held over an

area of 40,000 square feet–out of which 12,000 square feet was the saleable

area–there were a total of 161 stalls. Per-haps the most interesting feature

of the expo was an exclusive area set up called the WiFi Zone, which was

spon-sored by BSNL and D-Link.

A lot of outside participation could be seen by the presence of channel

partners from the neighboring cities like Bhav-nagar, Ahmedabad, Valsad, Baroda

and also Mumbai. All the major vendors like Intel, HP, Canon, TVSE etc were

present in full form. Crowd turnout of close to 15,000 at the three-day event

and due to the mini budget there was an effect on the business also.

Concurrent with the expo, a meeting of the representa-tives of the channel

associa-tions from all over Gujarat was held at the adjacent Surat Police

Station’s conference room.

The meeting was attended by associations from Ahmeda-bad, Baroda, Valsad,

Surat etc besides MAIT and NACIT. The representatives put forward the major

issues in front of the cha-nnel community and urged MAIT and NACIT to resolve


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