Digital India Newsletter September, 2016

  • Issue 7

    September 2016

  • DigiLocker to issue e-Driving Licenses & e-Vehicle Registration Certificates to citizens directly

    Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), Shri Nitin Gadkari, and Hon’ble Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, have jointly launched a new service - integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses & Vehicle Registration Certificates - on September 7, 2016, at the Media Hall of Transport Bhawan, in New Delhi.
    Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that the integration was envisaged to bring a paradigm shift in the vision of paperless governance. The main objectives are to add agility and efficiency to the entire process of issuance of driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates process through IT enablement.

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    STPI Surat Incubation Centre to boost Gujarat’s IT sector

    Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Gandhinagar, has been instrumental in promoting IT exports from the State of Gujarat since its inception. Over the years, STPI Gandhinagar has played a crucial role in promotion of the State as a preferred IT destination and act as single-window agency for the IT/ITES industry by putting new milestones in the State’s IT exports.

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  • Digital ‘Rath’ Campaign completes 90 days and moves into phase-II States

    The Digital India Outreach Campaign (#DigitalRath) moves to its second phase, to be rolled out in 18 Indian States, after its successful run in 16 Indian States. The roll out of the second phase commenced in Madhya Pradesh & Uttarakhand. The campaign gives wide exposure to citizens in rural areas.

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    ICT Emerging Technologies & USOF for Digital India

    A two-day seminar on “ICT Emerging Technologies & USOF for Digital India,” organized by the National Institute of Communication Finance, was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Communications, Shri Manoj Sinha, on August 10, 2016. With innovation as key to achieve the vision of Digital India, Hon’ble Minister called for holistic planning rather than a piecemeal approach.

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  • ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ e-Library for Persons with Disabilities

    The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) launched the ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ e-Library for Persons with Print Disabilities. This launch is regarded as the next chapter towards fulfilling the Government’s goal of ‘Accessible India’ campaign, which focuses on achieving ‘Universal Accessibility’.

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    The Electropreneur Park

    The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has set up the ‘Electropreneur Park’ incubation centre, the first of its kind in the Electronic Systems Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in India. The Electropreneur Park (EP) will develop, promote, recruit, incubate, mentor, and create breakthrough innovations in the ESDM sector.

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  • The Cyber Security Coordination Centre to be set up soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The Centre is planning to set up a National Cyber Security Coordination Centre (NCCC) with the aim to fully secure the country’s cyber space.

    At the Regional Editors Conference organised by the Press Information Bureau, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, underlined the Government’s focus on cyber security.

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    DBT Portal reforming the Government Delivery System

    A new and dynamic portal of Direct Benefit Transfer Mission (DBT) - was launched by the Cabinet Secretary, Shri P.K. Sinha on August 16, 2016.

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  • 120 University Workshops to promote objectives of Digital India #DigitalPathshala

    The prime objective of the Digital India programme is being transformative to realise the honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of IT (Indian Talent) plus IT (Information Technology) that surmise to IT (India Tomorrow). Since the inception of the programme, Digital India has captured the imagination of the Indian youth. India is on its way to become the ‘Youngest’ country of the world, where almost 0.72 billion people belong to the working-age group of 15-64 years, at present.

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    Transforming India Portal

    The Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, launched the new ‘Transforming India’ portal – on July 15, 2016 in New Delhi. The Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Law & Justice, Shri P.P. Chaudhary, was also present at the launch event.

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  • Mumbai gets various Wi-Fi hotspots for free usage

    With 4G revolution being touted as the next big digital step for India, it may be anticipated that free public Wi-Fi access in the country will grow drastically over the coming years. Mumbai will be one of the first cities in the country to adapt this change, and more metropolitan cities and states are in the pipeline to offer free public Wi-Fi connectivity.

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    Digital classrooms to be set up at Government high schools in Telangana

    Government high schools in Telangana will soon have digital classrooms, combining the best use of advanced technology, which will give a major boost to the education system of the state. These digital classrooms will be set up in more than 6,000 schools which will be equipped with computers and projectors. Students will be trained on basic knowledge of computers such as MS Office and PowerPoint, among several others.

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  • India to add 400 million Internet Users by 2020 with 75% to come from Rural India – NASSCOM

    According to a report by Nasscom and Akamai Technologies, titled 'The Future of Internet in India', India’s Internet user base is close to replace the US, as the second largest enabled market with numbers inching towards the 300-million-Internet-users mark, after China. With plans to add 400 million users by 2020, of which 75 percent will come from rural India, the Internet user growth in the country is expected to be thrice the world average. This accounts for over 40 percent of incremental global Internet users in the next five years.

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    Digitizing India Awards- Honouring the Best Digital Innovators

    To honour the best digital innovators from various fields and sectors, the third edition of “Digitizing India” awards was held at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, organized by CISCO and CNBC TV 18 on July 18, 2016. The event was attended by representatives of industries and institutions from across India that are playing a key role in digitizing India. The winners have made a mark for themselves in the pursuit of a Digital India.

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  • Goa Signs MOU with Google to promote digital literacy

    The Goa government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Google India to promote digital literacy, develop internet safety education for students, promote android development, and make government websites mobile friendly, to drive digital transformation across the state. The MoU was signed between Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, and Vice-President, Google, South East Asia and India, Mr. Rajan Anandan, in Panaji.
    As a start, the state will launch internet safety education for students from classes 9 to 12 as part of the curriculum of government schools, in association with Google India.

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    Unique Payments Interface (UPI) App goes live - a new chapter in India’s Digital Banking

    The Unified Payments Interface (UPI) application, developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), went live on August 25, 2016 for 21 banks, enabling customers to use it while shopping at retail outlets. The App authorizes outlets to generate bills and accept secure payments using a unique “virtual payment address" created for customers, which in turn works as an identifier for doing transactions.

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  • Blog Corner

    Digital India – The Youth Power

    Sunil Sharma, Sr. GM, NeGD

    Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motors once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
    Last week in NeGD, we learnt an important lesson - achievement is often known anonymous.

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    Citizen Corner

    Bringing Educational Revolution through Mobile Apps - Imran Khan

    Ever heard of a Sanskrit teacher who created native mobile apps just to help people learn and grow? Well, he has lakhs of app downloads to his credit and even Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi praised him in one of his speeches addressing Indian diaspora at Wembley Stadium in London quoting, "My India is in that Imran Khan from Alwar".

    We are talking about none other than Mr. Imran Khan, a humble and proud resident of Alwar, Rajasthan. We had the opportunity to interview him about his inspirational and the interesting journey he has had so far - from a small town to a well known name in the Digital India revolution.

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  • Message from Editor-In-Chief

    We bring you another edition of the Digital India newsletter covering recent launches and initiatives taken by various entities and government agencies. Integration of Digital Locker with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, bringing driving license and vehicle registration certificates directly to citizens’ Digital Lockers, significantly realizes the mantra of paperless governance.

    University Workshops are being organized at 120 Universities to onboard the students onto the aspirations and visions of Digital India. Aim is to create a vibrant volunteer of young Indians who would become advocates of digital India goals .

    MeitY’s Electropreneur Park to support start-ups in the ESDM space, ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ e-library for Persons with Disabilities, Unique Payments Interface (UPI) App for customers to use when shopping at retail outlets, and the setting-up of India Post Payments Bank– are some of the other initiatives that we have elaborated in the issue.

    As ever, your feedback and support will strengthen our endeavor.

    Smt. S. Radha Chauhan
    President & CEO, NeGD
    Ministry of Electronics & IT

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  • Unscramble Words

    Q1. When you change your organization, you have to quote this number for transferring of PF and other details. Unscramble it.

    Q2. Through this virtual tool, the parents are allowed to keep a watch on their child’s presence at the respective classrooms. Unscramble it.

    Q3. Mission Mode Project that aims to offer content on government websites in local/regional languages. Unscramble it

    Q4. Government body which is responsible for laying optical fibre in 2.5 Lakh Gram Panchayat

    Answers to previous edition's citizen's corner


    • Shekhar Gupta: Digitalization is the root solution of many problems in India including the most important Corruption.So initiatives regarding this are welcomed and appreciable
    • Rahul Kumar: excellent drive.....govt.also drive some informational mobilization to ensure citizens can be awared about this SMS,mail,govt department to involve through information sharing about the facilities provided by the CSC centres......this digital drive must reach to the last member of the society.....
    • Bhuvnesh Awasthi Ram: एक नयी सोंच नया भारत प्रत्येक हिन्दुस्तानी अपने अप्प पर गर्व करता है और करेगा इस E SIGN से
    • @r_vishen: @_DigitalIndia @rsprasad very nice way to educate the kids anyways they are the one who will be the most benefited of Digital India
    • @aashish81us: India is becoming digital and our citizens too #DigitalPathshala
    • @deepakkj6: @BSNLCorporate Thanku fr introducing 10gb 3Gplan fr Rs 549. A perfect plan fr youth like me :-) #digitalindia moving in rght direction (Y)

    • Editor-In-Chief:
      Ms. S. Radha Chauhan (IAS),
      President & Chief Executive Officer, NeGD

      Design & Layout, Editing
    • Editorial Team:
      Premjit Lal
      Sunil Sharma
      Payel Bhattacharjee
      Ishan Bhatkoti


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