Chandigarh hopes to consolidate its position as the next IT destination in the country with a conclave - `E-Revolution 2005' - that begins here Thursday.

The three-day conference would see over 350 IT delegates from leading companies like Infosys, Wipro, Quark, IBM, Vertex and abroad.

The conclave was being organised to showcase Chandigarh's potential to be the next major IT destination after Bangalore and Hyderabad in south India.

A big IT park - the Chandigarh Technology Park - was already under construction at Kishangarh village here. A few complexes, like that of Infosys and DLF, are almost ready at the new IT park.

Nasscom president Kiran Karnik, Vertex-India CEO Dan Sandhu, Cyber-media India chairman Pradeep Gupta, Infosys chief operations officer S. Gopalakrishna and naukri.com CEO Sanjeev Bikhchandani are expected to participate in the conference.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Punjab Governor and union territory administrator S.F. Rodrigues as well as senior bureaucrats and officers of Punjab and Haryana governments and the Chandigarh administration would also participate.

Software companies like Infosys, Quark and Dell already have facilities at Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh.