Thursday, December 24, 2009

IT 2009 – Serving the Masses




India’s strides in Information Technology continued unabated in 2009 with a host of impressive initiatives taken by Department of Information Technology (DIT) for reaching and serving the masses. The National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), approved by the Government on May 18, 2006, takes a holistic view of e-Governance initiatives across the country, integrating them into a collective vision: “Make all Government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets, and ensure efficiency, transparency, and reliability of such services at affordable costs to realise the basic needs of the common man”

NeGP comprises of 27 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) encompassing 9 Central MMPs, 11 State MMPs and 7 Integrated MMPs. It also includes 8 program support components aimed at creating the right governance and institutional mechanisms, core infrastructure, policies, standards, and the necessary legal framework for adoption of e-Governance in the country. NeGP is implemented at the Central, State, and Local Government levels.

As of date, all Central MMPs have crossed the stage of conceptualization and moved to design-and-development and implementation stages, schemes having been approved for 8 of the 9 MMPs. All Integrated MMPs have crossed the stage of conceptualization, schemes having been approved for 6 out of the 7 MMPs. With respect to State MMPs, schemes for 5 MMPs have been approved and scheme preparation for 3 out of remaining 6 MMPs is in advanced stage.

Under NeGP, the Government has approved a Scheme for facilitating establishment of more than 100,000 broadband- internet-enabled Common Services Centers (CSCs) in rural areas of the country at a total cost of Rs. 5742 Crores. The Scheme is being implemented in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

As of November 2009, the number of CSCs rolled out in 25 States is 57,599. The remaining CSCs are expected to be rolled out by June 2010.

For expanding Bharat Nirman Common Services Centers to all Panchayats and utilization/ integration of CSCs, a committee constituted at DIT to determine the cost of delivery of G2C services through CSCs has given its recommendations. Accordingly, rates have been notified on 30th November, 2009, for the purposes of leveraging CSCs to capture MIS, deliver services and disseminate information, awareness etc.

Under NeGP, the Government has approved the Scheme for establishing State Wide Area Networks (SWANs) across the country in 29 States/ 6 UTs at a total outlay of Rs.3,334 Crores. Under this Scheme, it is envisaged to provide technical and financial assistance to States / UTs for establishing SWANs connecting each State / UT Headquarters up to the Block level, with a minimum bandwidth capacity of 2 Mbps. As of November 2009, SWANs in 4 States/ UTs (Punjab, Tripura, Karnataka, and Gujarat) have been made operational, while in other States/ UTs, the SWANs are expected to be made operational by June 2010.

The State Data Centre (SDC) Scheme was approved by the Government in January 2008 at an estimated outlay of Rs.1623.20 Crores to cover 28 States and 6 UTs. SDC proposals of 31 States/ UTs have already been approved by the Department of Information Technology (DIT).

In order to provide a mechanism for adequate capacity building and training for the end-user, a Capacity Building(CB) Scheme at an outlay of Rs. 313 Crores has been approved in January 2008. This envisions establishment of institutional framework for State-level strategic decision-making including setting up of State e-Governance Mission Teams (SeMTs). A Capacity Building Management Cell (CBMC) has been set up in DIT for overall coordination and implementation of the CB Scheme.

As approved by the Empowered Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary (IT), Rs. 46.63 Crores as Additional Central Assistance (ACA) to 28 States and DIT Grant of Rs.62.90 Crores to 35 States/UTs has been released along with guidelines for utilization of CB funds.

For National-level programme management role under NeGP, an Independent Business Division (IBD) called the “National e-Governance Division (NeGD)” has been set up. NeGD would also take full-fledged role and responsibilities of Capacity Building Management Cell (CBMC) for implementing the CB Scheme in the Country.

The e-District MMP under the NeGP aims to target certain high volume services currently not covered by any other MMP under the NeGP, and undertake backend computerization to enable the delivery of these services through CSCs. In January and March 2009, the pilot project went live in 6 districts of Uttar Pradesh (Ghaziabad, Gautam Budha Nagar, Rae Bareli, Sitapur, Gorakhpur and Sultanpur) with a few services. Progressively more services were added, and currently, 15 out of 22 services are live. In November 2009, pilot projects in five districts of Tamil Nadu and one district of Assam went live. In Assam, the pilot project is live in Goalpara district with 22 services and it is expected that in Sonitpur the pilot will go live in December 2009. In Tamil Nadu, the pilot project went live in Ariyalur, Coimbatore, Krishnagiri, Perambalur & Tiruvarur.

Under the Standards component of the NeGP, the Government has prepared the draft Policy on Open Standards. Localization Standards, namely Character Encoding Standard (Unicode 5.1.0) and Font Standard (ISO 14496-22 Open Type Font), have been notified for use in e-Governance applications. The Metadata and Data Standards (MDDS) have also been drafted.

The National e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway (NSDG), an MMP under the NeGP, has been implemented successfully. This standards-based messaging switch will provide a platform for seamless interoperability and exchange of data across e-Governance applications. Under the e-Forms on State Portal and State e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG) project, proposals of 29 States have been approved by DIT, and RFPs are under preparation by States for selection of implementing agencies.

2. Electronics Hardware Manufacturing

Indian electronics hardware production increased from Rs.84,410 crore in 2007-08 to Rs.94,690 crore in 2008-09 (estimated), representing a growth of 12.1%.

Special Incentives for Fabs and other High Tech IT Products

The Special Incentive Package Scheme (SIPS) to encourage investments for setting up Semiconductor Fabrication and other micro and nano technology manufacturing Industries in India was announced by the Government on 21.3.2007 and is valid upto 31st March, 2010. In response to the Scheme Eighteen (18) proposals in all, one each in the area of Semiconductor Fab and TFT-LCD panel and sixteen in Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) have been received. In-principle letters have been issued to twelve (12) SPV applicants on 1.6.2009.

A Task Force was set up on 11th August, 2009 by DIT to suggest measures to stimulate the growth of IT, ITES and Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Industry. The Task Force has submitted its Report on 11th December, 2009.

3. The Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008

Over the years growing misuse and abuse of computers, required strengthening The Information Technology (I T) Act 2000, a legal framework for transactions carried out electronically, pertaining to information security. The Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008 was Gazetted in Feb, 2009. This Act inter-alia adds provisions to deal with new forms of cyber crimes like publicizing sexually explicit material in electronic form, video voyeurism, cyber terrorism, breach of confidentiality and leakage of data by intermediary and e-commerce frauds. The I T (Amendment) Act, 2008 was enforced on 27.10.2009. Rules pertaining to sections 52, 54, 69, 69-A, 69-B and section 70-B(1) were also notified on the same date.

4. Cyber Security

Government of India has setup the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) for providing early security warning and effective incident response. It operates on 24 x 7 basis and is actively engaged with its users with early warning alerts and advisories. Nationwide efforts are being made to increase Cyber Security education, awareness and skills in the country.

5. National Knowledge Network

Government had decided to establish a National Knowledge Network (NKN) with scalable multi gigabit capabilities which will connect 1000 nodes covering the universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, hospitals and agricultural institutions across the country. This will also act as a backbone for the e-governance. The Hon’ble President of India inaugurated the initial phase of the National Knowledge Network on 9th April 2009. It has been started by upgrading 15 PoPs of NICNET at 2.5 gbps capacity. Six virtual classrooms over NKN have been established at six IITs.

6. Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL)

With a view to make available language processing software tools to empower the citizens to share knowledge in local language, the language CDs for Bodo, Dogri, Maithili & Nepali were released on 21st Feb 2009 and Bangla, Konkani, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Manipuri and Santali language CDs on 8th sept 2009. As on date, language CDs for all the 22 constitutional Indian languages have been released in open domain. These software can be downloaded from website and or can be obtained by post free of cost at doorstep by registering on the above websites.

7. Nanotechnology

The Nanotechnology Initiative Programme of Department of Information Technology was started in 2004 with focus on nano-electronics. Under this Programme two Centres of Excellence in Nanoelectronics are being set up at IIT Bombay and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore at a cost of about Rs. 100 Crore. A major project entitled “ Indian Nanoelectronics Users Programme (INUP)” with an outlay of about Rs. 25 Crore has also been initiated at IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore to facilitate and support generation of expertise and knowledge in nanoelectronics through participation and utilization by external users of their facilities.

8. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of the Department for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. It continues to enhance the competencies built towards R&D in technology drivers of Petaflop computing, shared High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, grid computing, and grand challenge and research applications. For all these, it works in close conjunction with associated communities in academia, research laboratories, and industries.

The foundation phase of Garuda, a National Grid Computing Initiative, was completed successfully and its operation phase was started.

Indian Grid Certification Authority (IGCA) was inaugurated on January 14, 2009 by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India. IGCA will enable all Indian Grids to be securely interconnected to each other and with grids globally.

National Resource Centre for Free and Open Source Software (NRCFOSS), at C-DAC has released BOSS GNU/Linux CD, which is a localized Indian distribution of GNU/Linux. BOSS GNU/Linux advanced server was released at India Soft 2009, Kolkata on February 27, 2009. It supports Intel and AMD x86/x86-64 architecture. Comprised with administration tool, BOSS GNU/Linux advanced server has unique features such as Web server, proxy server, Database server, Mail server, Network server, File and Print server, SMS server, LDAP server.

9. National Informatics Centre

National Knowledge Network (NKN), Creation of Virtual Class Room at IITs: Government of India has set up the multi-Giga bit National Knowledge Network (NKN) to provide high speed connectivity to various research and educational institutions including all the IITs. In this regard, a 15 noded 2.5 Gbps core Network Backbone co-located at existing NICNET nodes has been established. 57 institutes of higher learning and research have been connected to it. One of the important value added services to be offered over NKN is establishment of Virtual Classrooms (VCRs) in all the IITs. Initial phase of NKN and Pilot virtual classrooms was inaugurated on 9th April 2009 by the Hon’ble President of India.

National Data Centre: National Data Centre at NIC HQ Delhi is operational and being utilized for hosting more than 5000 web sites and web based applications. NIC State Mini Data Centres are operational in 30 States/UTs. Fully operational National Data Centre at NIC Hyderabad also acts as Disaster Recovery Centre for Data Centre at Delhi. Thirteen State Governments have entered into MOU with NIC for formation of Composite Team for integrated State Data Centre Management. National Data Centre at NIC, Pune is in final stages of establishment and will be operational by January, 2010.

Executive Video Conferencing System (EVCS) : NIC has setup Desktop Executive Video Conferencing System (EVCS) for providing videoconferencing to the Secretaries of GOI, Chief Secretaries/Administrators of States/UT & Planning Commission. The Cabinet Secretary, GOI, inaugurated the EVCS network on 27th February, 2009 by reviewing the performance of various projects and schemes of Government of India with the Chief Secretaries/Administrators of States/UTs. Cabinet Secretary has chaired 18 video conference sessions till date 04-12-2009. In order to carry forward e-governance as a practical, cost effective and efficient tool, 35 Chief Secretaries/administrators of States/UTs and 81 Secretaries to Govt. of India have already been connected via EVCS. With this system, the point-to-point video conferencing can be initiated by anyone connected to EVCS and multi-point video conferencing can be arranged through National Informatics Centre, Delhi.

e-Procurement: N I C has developed a Generic e-Procurement System(GePNIC that caters to the e-Tendering requirements of Government and Public Sector undertakings. The security audited and certified Software has been deployed by the Governments of Orissa, West Bengal, Haryana, UP, PSUs such as Mahanadhi Coalfields Limited, Sambalpur under Ministry of Coal and NICSI, DIT. Till date, more than 13,000 tenders worth more than Rs. 34,000 Crores have been published using this software.

NIC has developed “Guidelines for Indian Government websites” to support the entire lifecycle of website, right from its conceptualization, design, development and maintenance to management. These guidelines were released in February 2009 and have been adopted by DARPG as an integral component of Central Secretariat Manual of Office Procedure (CSMOP). These guidelines focus on making government websites up-to-date, citizen centric & disabled friendly.

eCourts project: AS a part of ICT applications in Indian Judiciary, in Supreme Court, 21 High Courts, and 33 Capital city courts, many litigant centric applications such as online judgments, daily order, cause lists, case status etc. have been implemented. The project has been extended to cover all the district and subordinate courts totalling 13,000 across the country under e-courts mission mode project. In this regard, NIC has already provided 13365 laptops , 12599 laser printers, ICT training to 11340 judges and 43412 courts staff and technical personnel for day to day support. Broad band internet connectivity has been provided at 489 district and 740 taluka court complexes and 9700 Judges for their home offices. Action has been initiated for implementing already developed Base application software, in the above court complexes.

Land Records Computerisation/Modernization: NIC has implemented computerization of Land Records in the states. Already computerized copy of Record of Rights (RoR) is being provided from 3915 tehsils/taluks on demand. 18 States have placed their land records data in public domain. Similarly, 2476 Sub-registrar offices of the country have been computerized. The Government has now re-formulated the project as National Land Records Modernization Programme (NLRMP) for which guidelines and technical manual have been released during April, 2009. The integrated programme would modernize management of land records, minimize scope of land disputes, enhance transparency in the land records maintenance system, and facilitate moving eventually towards guaranteed conclusive titles to immovable properties in the country. The project has been sanctioned to 69 districts during 2008-09 and 43 districts during 2009-10.

MIS for National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGASoft): NIC and Ministry of Rural Development, in collaboration with other stakeholders, have developed NREGASoft application software package. It is a web based package ( and is supporting local language and covers all the live events of NREA Scheme. Having access provision for all stakeholders, the package has offline version also. It is being utilized in 31 states, 568 districts, 5218 blocks, 208170 GPs, 563046 villages at present.

PlanPlus Ministry of Panchayati Raj and NIC in active collaboration of state governments have operationalised PlanPlus, ( a software tool for facilitating decentralized and integrated district planning from grass-root level to address Backward Region Grants Fund(BRGF) needs to begin with. This e-Governance application strengthening participatory decentralized planning, is being used by Panchayats (Gram Panchayats, Intermediate Panchayats, Zilla Panchayats), Municipalities (Corporation, Municipality, Town Area, Notified Area Council) and District Level Line Departments in 250 districts where BRGF scheme is being implemented. With more than 10,000 trained officials, at various levels, more than 60,000 Planning units are already u this package.

NIC is implementing Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) Project automating the processes (workflow) of Police Stations e.g. Registration of Cases, developments during Investigation and Prosecution stages of the Cases, with an objective to capture all the primary data related to crime & criminals, and improving the efficiency. CIPA Software is being used at more than 4000 Police Stations across the country.

RTOs Computerisation: NIC has been implementing computerization of Road Transport Offices over 1,000 across the country. The project involves implementation of Vahan Modules (vehicle registration, permit and taxes, fitness and enforcement) and Sarathi Modules (driving licenses, endorsement management, cancellation, issue endorsement fee license). The current status of the project is that Pilot implementation completed in all the States/UTs;100% Deployment of Vahan & Sarathi in 18 States/UTs; 100% Network Connectivity Established in 8 States/UTs; Vahan – 767 of 1032 RTOs (74%); Sarathi – 669 of 1032 RTOs (65%) and Connectivity – 754 of 1032 RTOs (73%)

ICT Support for Elections: NIC has been providing ICT support for conducting Elections in the country. NIC has developed various applications for providing support for pre-election activities and post-election activities. During the year 2009, NIC provided support for Lok Sabha election and for Assembly elections in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, and Haryana.

GIS based thematic maps were prepared for election planning ad GIS based static maps for all Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Constituencies spread across the country were prepared and hosted at ECI’s web site. Video Conferencing facility was set-up at Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan which is being used regularly to interact with the state level officers across the country.

Counselling for Admissions: NIC has been providing technical support in the conduct of online interactive web based counselling to various Boards, Universities, and Polytechnic institutes. During the year 2009, counselling has been provided in 21 cases for courses ranging from Diploma to MBA. This involves 22.66 lakhs of students for 8.17 lakhs seats.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is Government of India's flagship programme for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) in a time bound manner. NIC has developed a web portal for monitoring the progress of the project, online and to make available 24x7 accessibility of information for networking all the stake holders. More than 90% districts are updating the information online.

Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System: There are over a 1045 Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes being implemented through the different ministries of the Government of India. A need has been felt for monitoring, evaluation and accounting system for them. Accordingly, NIC has developed a Central Plan Scheme Monitoring System. It is a web enabled application to serve as a common platform for monitoring of these Schemes. The Sanction ID Generation (SID) Module launched on 1st April 2008 was hosted on the e-Lekha platform. All sanctions issued by the Central Ministries under the Plan Schemes are now identified with a unique Sanction ID that enables the tracking of releases as per their accounting and budget heads across the different implementing agencies and geographical entities. The system is being further developed in order to track fund flow to down the line agencies and to facilitate expenditure filing by spending units for all plan schemes.

Helpline Portal for Rashtrapati Bhavan ( has been developed by customizing the existing CPGRAMS to enable the citizens to lodge their grievances/ requests with Rashtrapati Bhawan. The portal is also integrated with CPGRAMS so as to enable the Public Grievance Officers to take redress action on the grievances forwarded by President Secretariat and monitor the same. This was launched by the Hon’ble President of India on 24/07/2009.

NIC developed e-Gazette (digital RajPatra at for Govt. of Himachal Pradesh Government, which is a first Online Digital Gazette and is not printed on paper. The State Government has discontinued the paper Gazette. This initiative is eco-friendly, cost effective,prompt and increasing efficiency at the Controller of Gazette level and provides online search based Gazette to general public. The initiative has won the National e-Governance Award too in Feb 2009 for process-reengineering.

The e-Samadhan (Onilne Public Grievance Redressal system at has been developed and implemented by NIC for the State of HP with the twin objectives of providing the citizens with an anywhere, anytime grievance redressal mechanism and at the same time ensuring its better monitoring at all levels of the Government.

A Web-enabled application has been implemented for the Taxation Department to monitor the implementation of the Value Added Taxes in Meghalaya. E-Payment of Taxes is under implementation.

MIS to strengthen management of implementation of Forest Rights Act: Ministry of Tribal Affairs and NIC have operationalised nation-wide management information system to strengthen implementation of Forest Rights Act ( ) in active collaboration with states and entire information is in public domain regarding committees formed at various levels to settle the claims and other associated issues, details of claims filed at Gram Sabha level, decisions taken by various committees starting from Gram Sabha to Sub-Division to District level.

Online Consent Management and Monitoring System (OCCMS) : It is a generic web based model using open source technology that establish a core database of information for collection, collation and dissemination of relevant information through web-enabled mechanism covering main areas such as No Objection Certificate, Consent to Operate/Establish, Hazardous Chemicals, Bio-medical Waste / Municipal Solid Waste/ Hazardous Waste Authorization, Cess Administration, Laboratory, Environmental Monitoring, Legal and Grievance Handling Activities etc.

“PRAJAVANI” a web based Petition Monitoring System enabling citizens to submit their petitions through Kiosks and redressal from the District Collectorate has been successfully implemented and extended to 14 districts of Andhra Pradesh.

10. Network of STQC Laboratories and its Services

Standardization, Testing, Quality and Certification (STQC) Directorate provides Testing, Calibration, Training and Certification services through its well-developed network of test laboratories in response to the needs of changing Industrial Scenario. Currently, STQC services are being utilized by more than 10,000 organizations representing the entire segment of industry both in public and private domain. The achievements are– Test and calibration jobs conducted: 43824; Training programs conducted: 502; IT projects undertaken: 22 and Management System Certificates issued: 26.

Special focus has been to facilitate small and medium scale industry. Facilities have been provided to calibrate navigation & communication equipment at eight airports in the East and North-East regions.

STQC also supports government policies, national initiatives and programs concerning standardization and quality assurance.

A number of mission mode projects under National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) like ePassport Seva Project, eForms, State Portal Framework and State Service Delivery Gateway, eGov Income tax etc. have been tested for compliance demonstration and process optimization

A series of Seminars on Website Quality, State Portal Framework and Capability Approval have been organized at Kerala, Sikkim, Delhi, Bhopal and Bangalore to share the finer nuances with IT peer groups and software industry. In addition, exclusive training programs conducted for the benefit of SC/ST/OBC candidates including in north east region. STQC has already trained 564 SC/ST/OBC candidates through these training programs.

11. E-Learning

Design & Development of e-Learning Contents for e-Security Solutions Developers at C-DAC, Noida: The e-security contents for all 3 categories i.e. for 1st category (i.e. for Post Graduate/ Engineering students), 2nd category (i.e. System Administrators/ Officers in charge of e-security) and for 3rd category of users (i.e Scientists) has been developed and hosted on CDAC, Noida/ DOEACC websites. Training is being conducted through e-learning mode to the first category of about 1000 users through constant support for queries via email and also through feedback monitoring and corrective actions. Approximately 200 users from 2nd and 3rd category have also registered for online training in the e-security area.

Training of Teachers in E-Learning by DOEACC Society – Imphal Centre has trained 121 teachers, belonging to colleges and schools, in e-learning methodology of teaching and content development.

Brihaspati phase – 2: Development of Open source content delivery tools with advanced features at IIT, Kanpur: Under Brihaspati-2, which is an open source, free Learning Management System (LMS), the latest release is updated on on 20th June 2009. The sourcecode can be downloaded from So far 35 activities/ tasks have been completed of which some of activities are course expiry if course is not accessed for a certain configurable period.

12. CC&BT Group

The next generation communication and broadband technologies have made tremendous impact on the growth on the economy worldwide. The convergence of technologies has been the major driving force of this decade, uniting the distinct information, communication and broadcast sectors. The growing communication needs and innovative interactive content have ushered in the broadband. The Broadband Internet is a key enabler for economic growth and social transformation. With the advancement of technology in communication, computers control, mobile communication and wireless communication, innovative applications are being evolved in strategic electronics for civilian as well as defence purpose.

Twelve projects were completed during the year which resulted in development of TETRA based secure communication system, Ultra Wide Band Transceiver, SIP Telephone, Communication system for coal mine, video messaging on mobile, RF shield for mobile handset and Wireless Sensor Networks for agriculture monitoring, Wi-Max for Test Bed, Autonomous vertical profiler, Autonomous Buoy system and RF bug detector.

Twenty one ongoing projects are being implemented in areas such as Next Generation Wireless Communication Systems, Wi-Max, Wireless Sensor Network, Software Defined Radio, Smart Antenna, Broadband on power lines and on Cable TV network, Resilient Packet Ring Technologies, WiFi Broadband backbone for NE region, UWB radio, WiMAX QoS networks, surveillance, navigational aids, imaging and robotic systems.etc.

During the year new projects in the areas of Tetra Wi-Max base station, mesh networks, Wireless 4G communication, Wireless Sensor Networks for underwater and gas detection, Digital Communication Network, Broadband Technologies, IP based technologies, SDR Cognitive Radio, Converged Network, Smart Antenna, Multimedia over IP, RF MEM Switches, ICT applications for strategic needs in civil and defence sector, navigational aids on Land/ Air/ Underwater communications and disaster management are planned for initiation.

13. DOEACC Society

DOEACC Society is an apex body of Department of Information Technology, to carry out human resource development and related activities in the area of Information, Electronics and Communication Technology (IECT). The Society has Centres at Agartala, Aizawl, Aurangabad, Calicut, Chandigarh (with 3 branches at Shimla, Lucknow & New Delhi) Gorakhpur, Imphal, Srinagar/Jammu, Kohima/chuchuyimlang, Kolkata, Shillong and Tezpur/ Guwahati with its Headquarters at New Delhi. It also has two regional centres at Pudukkottai (Tamilnadu) and Patna (Bihar) while two more at Chennai and Gangtok are being set up. DOEACC society is implementing the joint Scheme of DIT & AICTE i.e. DOEACC Scheme for Computer Courses at ‘O’, ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ levels. DOEACC Centres are also conducting M. Tech., Diploma Level, MCA, BCA etc. affiliated to State University / Technical Boards. Every year approx. 60000 students are getting registered for DOEACC 'O', 'A' and 'B' level courses.

14. National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)

The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has been established as a not for profit Organization under section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 and was registered in July, 2003. The National Internet Exchange of India is the neutral meeting point of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. Its main purpose is to facilitate exchange of domestic Internet traffic between the peering ISP members. Five additional Internet Exchange Nodes have been operationalised at Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Mohali (Chandigarh) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) to add to the existing NIXI hubs at Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Noida.

It manages the .IN Registry for the Country Code Top Level Domain Name in the country. Presently, more than 73 Registrars have been accredited to offer .IN domain name registration worldwide to customers. It has in turn also helped in proliferation of Web hosting in the country and Indian language content in the Internet. 5.5 lakh .IN Domain Names have been registered till November 10, 2009. Two Data Centers have been established in Delhi and Chennai towards disaster management with an up time of maximum 5 minutes.

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