Nine Pillars of Digital India
It is a vision to prepare India for the digital era ahead. The focus is more on enabling and using technology in all walks of life. Using technology as the key enabler, the government is trying to weave together a mesh of comprehensive schemes. Various departments of the government are to leverage technology for realizing this vision.
Information Technology + Indian Talent = India Tomorrow.
- World’s biggest social network Facebook wants to connect more people to Internet in India which accounts for the third largest online user base globally after China and the US but has a very low Internet penetration growth rate. On his first visit to India, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg today met Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss expanding reach of Internet including by using alternate technology.
- Cisco to invest $1.7 billion in India this year; to partner Centre’s digital drive
- India and the United States have agreed to jointly explore opportunities for collaboration on implementing India’s ambitious Rs1.13 lakh crore Digital India initiative. The two sides also agreed to hold the US-India Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Working Group in India later this year.
- Recently, the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY)
Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India launched the Beta version of Digital Locker. I am using Digital Locker launched by Gov. Of India. You can keep your documents in a locker without paying a single rupee athttp://digitallocker.gov.in/.
- Mobile phone operators Vodafone India and Aircel have started talks with the government on how to speed up the much delayed national broadband project, which will form the backbone of the Digital India initiative. The government recently set up an expert committee on the National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN) to suggest ways to fast-track the project and the best technology options.
- Nadella meets Modi, reiterates intent to partner govt’s digital India initiative.
- US technology giants are tripping over each other to get a slice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India and Smart Cities projects. In less than three months, Google and Hewlett-Packard have followed Facebook and Microsoft to queue up in government office corridors to show off their technology wares, highlighting renewed foreign investor interest as India’s economy recovers.
- Google, the owner of the world’s largest search engine, has sounded out the telecom department about providing ‘inexpensive’ Internet access across India through a network of helium-filled balloons, currently being tested for efficacy under ‘Project Loon.’
- US chipmakerIntel said that it will work with the Indian government through its ‘Digital Skills for India’ program to benefit five million citizens by the end of 2015 with skills to compete in the global digital economy.Under the program, the company has joined hands with Bharat Broadband Network Ltd. (BBNL) to build capacity by imparting digital literacy training to key resource persons in the first 1000 panchayats under the National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) roll-out in India.
- Effective implementation and execution of schemes and programmes for girl education is set to get a boost with the launch of web-based tool ‘digital gender atlas’ which will identify low-performing geographic pockets for girls on specific gender-related indicators.
Digital India aims to provide 3 basic amenities to all citizens