Although apparent reason behind Gates visit is said to be philanthropy,ground reality is different.Many central(federal)/State agencies including Police depts/Revenue/Railways/Public sector units and many private companies are in a processs of computerization(IT enabled!!).Many age old Govt. agencies will require to build the system from scratch. In coming future ,most possibly this is a big market(not necessarily in terms of money but in terms of controlling the market) for servers/database/operating system vendors,add to it country's linguistic diversity.For many govt.agencies,Linux is obvious option compared to windows and its products bcos of price/open source. Although contry has opted globalization 11 years back,main strings regarding decisions are still in politicians/ bureaucrats hands. Got the point ? , [ November 12, 2002: Message edited by: rahul rege ]
Well, Thanks to Bill Gates for all that amount of money and support that he has offered. Though some of it will go to corrupt politicians and other black holes in the system, most of it will definitely filter down to them who deserve it. That isn't going to make life of an average Indian programmer any easier though. As more and more people gets basic training at schools and colleges, competition in the job market is going to grow steadily, which is already at an unimaginable level for most in the west. (for example 15000 responses for 3 vacancies - and of which 5000 are over-qualified to do the job ... :roll: ) Lets hope that development of more Indian IT firms targeting foreign software markets (not job/contracting market) picks up momentum.