Bangalore: The Silicon Valley of India

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Ruth Martin, Reporter

Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital city in the southern state, Karnataka in India. Bangalore is the 4th most populated city in India, with about 10.6 million people, resulting from a 38% growth rate between 1991 and 2001. Known for being “The Garden City and The Pensioner’s Paradise,” times are changing as this once laid back city, is becoming the largest technology hub in the world. Silicon Valley is based around Santa Clara Valley, California and is a major area for IT (Information Technology) companies in the United States, but Bangalore might just take over. With about 2 million IT professionals, 6 million indirect IT jobs, and $80 billion in IT exports, Bangalore is definitely becoming India’s Silicon Valley. With India and China being Asia’s largest economies, India’s economic growth is now faster than China’s, and they could potentially take over their entire economy.

Bangalore’s population has doubled over the past 15 years, as growing opportunities have drawn young, educated professionals from all around India. So what makes Bangalore so attractive to the Indian millennial?

Bangalore is the melting pot of India, with people from everywhere around the country. The weather is very calm, the food is absolutely delicious and the people are very accepting, which makes Bangalore very unique from other cities in India. Bangalore is the fifth-highest-income Indian city by GDP (gross domestic product: one of the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country’s economy.)

There are very few people that live below the poverty line in this city and the police force in Bangalore are regarded as the second best in India after New Delhi. They have produced the most number of sports persons in India who have made a mark in the international arena and the city has the most number of Indian scientists nominated for the Nobel Prize. With 212 software companies, 21 engineering colleges among which is the Bangalore University that has 57 engineering colleges affiliated to it, and the highest number of software professionals in the world, you can see why this city is called the Silicon Valley of India.