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National Informatics Centre (NIC) has set up cloud-enabled National Data Centre at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It will offer round-the-clock operations with secure hosting for e-governance applications of ministries and departments. It is fourth cloud-enabled National Data Centre of NIC after Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune,
Bhubaneswar based centre is expected to enhance range of data centre related services offered by government body. It will provide benefits like on-demand access to ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure for easy availability and quick deployment of applications and standardised platforms of deployment.
Centralised cloud environment of this centre has been established to host multiple applications with simplified operations and increased application responsiveness to support new generation of distributed applications. The cloud service offerings of NIC will allow government departments to provision infrastructure and add to computing capacity on demand.
National Informatics Centre (NIC)
NIC (Rashtriya Suchna Vigyan Kendra) is premier science & technology organisation of Government in informatics services and information and communication technology (ICT) applications. It is part of MeitY’s Department of Electronics & Information Technology. It was established in 1976.
It plays a pivotal role in steering e-governance applications in governmental departments at national, state and district levels, thus enabling improvement and wider transparency in government services. Almost all Indian-government websites are developed and managed by NIC.
Bhubaneswar has become the first Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant International Planning excellence award-2017 instituted by the American Planning Association (APA). Bhubaneswar has been chosen for its good and advanced town planning and engaging its residents in the planning process.
The APA Awards jury has selected Five Excellence Award recipients in total who will be honoured at the Awards Luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York on May 8.
Pierre L’enfant Awards
Pierre L’enfant was a French-born American architect and civil engineer. He is credited for designing the layout of the streets of Washington, D.C. The American Planning Association (APA) has named an award in his honour to recognize excellence in international planning.
APA was created in 1978. It is an independent, not for profit educational organization representing the field of urban planning in the United States. It serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas related to urban planning. The APA through awards, honours outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. APA boasts of 35,000 members from over 100 countries.