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Northeast India’s largest IT hub opens in Tripura

Northeast’s sixth and largest hub for information technology has been inaugurated in Agartala. The hub has been set up at a cost of Rs 50 crore to boost employment and e-governance besides export of software technology. The hub is expected to create more employment opportunities for the youths and extend the e-governance to cover all the people of the region. This would facilitate famous IT companies to set off their business and services and boost export of software technology. This will be the largest hub in the region.

Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), under the union Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology, helped the state government in setting up of the hub by sharing the technological knowledge. In the new IT hub, ready-to-use incubation space will be made available that can be used by the start-up companies, aspiring entrepreneurs, Indian and multi-national companies as per their needs and requirements.

Last year, Tripura got an award for its performance in IT and e-governance from the central government. The state has already extended many e-governance based facilities and services up to the level of gram panchayats. The e-district scheme in the state helps people in getting various certificates and documents from their concerned panchayats or blocks. It is estimated that the state’s 80 percent of the state’s 37 lakh population have begun to use mobile phones leading to an IT boom.

Significance

Tripura has a vast pool of skilled English speaking IT manpower. Thousands of these professionals are currently working in cities like Bengaluru or Hyderabad. Opening up of IT hub offers a new opportunity for not only Tripura but the whole of northeast India. With India’s recent agreement with Bangladesh over the purchase of surplus bandwidth and its close proximity to Bangladesh, Tripura can act as a “backyard” of the fledgling IT industry of Bangladesh. It can make use of Bangladesh’s plans to double its IT exports by 2017.

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Union Government launches Transforming India website 

The Union Government has launched Transforming India Website (www.transformingindia.mygov.in), a repository for sharing the impact of various governance initiatives with citizens in real-time.

It was launched by the Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.

Key Facts

  • The website provides community based platform facilitates for two-way communication between the government and citizens.
  • It is also a social platform on which users can share their opinions about various initiatives of the government.
  • The key facet of the website is to promote accountability in major national initiatives, act as a repository of major policies and decisions of Union Government.
  • It also seeks to provide a central platform to citizens for sharing of transformational changes that they see around themselves.
  • This website will provide information in a user-friendly format that will enable citizens to view the content in the form of Infographics, e-books, performance dashboard.
  • It will also present information in videos, daily news corner etc. format and engage with the content by comments and sharing the content through Social Media.

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Debjani Ghosh takes charge as new MAIT President

Debjani Ghosh took charge as new president of MAIT (the Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology), the apex body of India’s Information technology hardware industry.

Ghosh is the first woman President of MAIT since its inception 32 years ago. She is vice-president sales and marketing group and managing director of Intel Corporation, South Asia and will succeed Amar Babu the chief operation officer at Lenovo for Asia Pacific and chairman of Lenovo India.

She is working with Intel for more than 19 years and has played a key role in setting up Intel’s education programme for the Asia Pacific region. She was among the 25 Most Powerful Women by Fortune India in 2013.

Gosh also chairs the IT Committee at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

About MAIT:

MAIT was set up in 1982, is the top most IT hardware body in India which is associated with Hardware design, training and research and development of IT hardware sector. It is dedicated to develop competitiveness in Indian IT industries to present itself in global market. It promotes and strengthens the practice and the role of information Technology for economic development of the country.

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