India is hot-spot of digital innovation: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Feb 2018 08:31:25


 

HYDERABAD, 

Modi inaugurates the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2018 by addressing the delegates through video conference from New Delhi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that with one of the most tech-friendly populations, India was best placed to leverage the power of technology and leapfrog into the future. He said the country is the hotspot of digital innovation across all sectors. It not only has a growing number of innovative entrepreneurs but also a growing market for tech innovations. Modi was inaugurating the World Congress on Information Technology (W CIT ) 2018 by addressing the delegates through video conference from New Delhi.

“With over one lakh villages linked with optical fibre, 121 crore mobile phones, 120 crore Aadhaar and 50 crore internet users, India is best placed to leverage the power of technology and leap-frog into the future while ensuring empowerment of every citizen.” He said Digital India was a journey bringing about digital inclusion for digital empowerment aided by digital infrastructure for digital delivery of services. “Leveraging technology in such a holistic manner was unthinkable some years ago.We have successfully completed this life-cycle in the last three and a half years.

This has been possible through a change in public behaviour and processes,” the Prime Minister said. Modi claimed that Digital India has not remained merely a Government initiative but has become a way of life. He also claimed that the JAM trinity of combining 320 million Jan Dhan bank accounts of the poor with Aadhaar and Mobile, with direct benefits of welfare measures, has saved Rs 57,000 crore.

Modi noted the unique Umang app launched only three months back is already offering 185 Government services. He said the nation has come a long way with the convergence of Make In India and Digital India. “From only two mobile factories in India in 2014, today there are 118 mobile manufacturing factories operational in India, including some of the best global brands.” He said to ensure that digital literacy reaches each household, the Government initiative, Pradhan Mantri Rural Digital Literacy Mission, will make 60 million adults digitally literate in rural India. Under this, 10 million people have already been trained.

Nasscom launches platform to upskill 2 mn IT employees

HYDERABAD, 

4 million employees will be upskilled and another 2 million potential employees and students will be skilled over the next three to four years under the initiative

THE National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) on Monday launched a platform to upskill two million IT employees and skill two million youth in eight technologies starting with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Half of the Indian IT industry’s four million employees will be upskilled and another two million potential employees and students will be skilled over the next three to four years under the initiative launched by Nasscom and the industry with the help of the Central Government.

The technology professionals and the youth will be skilled and re-skilled in AI, Virtualct benefits of welfare measures, has saved Rs 57,000 crore. Modi noted the unique Umang app launched only three months back is already offering 185 Government services. He said the nation has come a long way with the convergence of Make In India and Digital India.

“From only two mobile factories in India in 2014, today there are 118 mobile manufacturing factories operational in India, including some of the best global brands.” He said to ensure that digital literacy reaches each household, the Government initiative, Pradhan Mantri Rural Digital Literacy Mission, will make 60 million adults digitally literate in rural India. Under this, 10 million people have already been trained.

Reality, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, 3D Printing, Cloud Computing, Social and Mobile. Nasscom also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to collaborate in fostering, cultivating and strengthening reskilling initiatives.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Nasscom President R. Chandrashekhar on the sidelines of WCIT, the three-day global event which began here on Monday. As a part of the MoU, Nasscom and MeitY will work together to enable skill development and continuous learning not only for individuals in the IT-ITeS industry and its aspirants but also employees belonging to other sectors. Prasad said the Government would extend all possible help to Nasscom and the industry in the initiative.