Digital India Current Affairs

MeitY launches Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative to strengthen cybersecurity ecosystem in India in line Government’s vision for a ‘Digital India’. It was launched in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and industry partners.

Cyber Surakshit Bharat

Cyber Surakshit Bharat is first public-private partnership of its kind. It will leverage the expertise of the IT industry in cybersecurity. The founding partners include leading IT companies such as Microsoft, Intel, WIPRO, Redhat and Dimension Data. Its knowledge partners include Cert-In, NIC, NASSCOM and FIDO Alliance and premier consultancy firms Deloitte and EY.

Objective: Spread awareness about cybercrime and building capacity for safety measures for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT staff across all government departments.

Operations: It will be operated on three principles of awareness, education and enablement. It will include an awareness program on importance of cybersecurity. It will also include a series of workshops on the best practices and enablement of the officials with cybersecurity health tool kits to manage and mitigate cyber threats.

Training programmes: It will conduct series of training programmes across country in the next six months. It will be attended by CISOs and technical officials from central government, state governments and UTs, PSBs, PSUs and defence forces, defence PSUs and technical arms of Air Force, Army and Navy.


India, Sri Lanka sign four agreements for collaboration in ICT sector

India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements for collaboration in Information and communication technology (ICT) sector between both countries.

The MoU for cooperation was signed by Union minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad with his Sri Lankan counterpart in Colombo.

Key Facts

The agreements were signed for collaboration in ICT sector and setting up of e-office system and connecting of National Knowledge network (NKN) for collaboration among universities and academics. With this, Sri Lanka became first country to be connected to NKN through Gigabyte (GB) optical fibre network. This will connect NKN to Lanka education & research network (LEARN) through which universities on both sides can share best practices and research ideas. National Informatics centre (NIC) has set up a model E-office system for Sri Lanka.

National Knowledge Network (NKN)

NKN is a state-of-the-art multi-gigabit pan-Indian resource-sharing network aimed at digitally connecting all national universities, colleges and research establishments to create country-wide virtual classrooms. This project was launched in 2010 for period of 10 years. Currently, it is component of umbrella “Digital India” programme.

Objectives of NKN: It aims to connect universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across country with high bandwidth (multi-gigabit)/low latency internet connection so that they can share the knowledge, information and data. Its core idea is to bring together all stakeholders from science, technology, higher education, healthcare, agriculture and governance to a common platform.

Mandate of NKN

  • Establish high-speed backbone connectivity which will enable knowledge and information sharing.
  • Enable collaborative research, development and Innovation
  • Facilitate an ultra-high speed backbone for e-Governance
  • Link to Global Networks to collaborate with research communities across the globe.
  • Facilitate advanced distance education in specialized fields such as engineering, science, medicine etc.
  • Facilitate integration of different sectorial networks in field of health, education, research, commerce and governance.