Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Current Affairs - 2019

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IT Ministry launches Smart-board for effective monitoring of key programmes

Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) have launched an Automated Real Time Performance Smart-board for effective monitoring and measurement of key programmes of government. The key programmes include Digital India, Aadhaar, Digital Payments among others.

The dashboard was launched by Union Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, while celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. During the Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary celebrations,

Minister Prasad also unveiled Digital Charkha’, an art installation at IT Ministry. The Digital Charkha is an amalgamation of traditional design with a digital spin with the wheel of Charkha being made up of interlinked digital grids in place of fine threads thus portraying that core of Digital India is embedded in Gandhian philosophy of equality, unity, corruption free and empowerment of ordinary citizens.

About Smart-board

It will act as a single window access for Centre, State as well as for District specific projects implemented by MeitY.

It will provide real-time, dynamic analytical project monitoring for critical and high priority Programme undertaken by MeitY. Thus this automated real-time performance smart-board will promote transparency and enhance ease of working.

It will also enhance analysis through data integration by using APIs (Application programming interface) or (web services) by consolidating multiple data sources into single centralized, easy-to-access platform.

Need: The government is implementing different welfare programmes or schemes at various levels for citizens’ benefit and thus the effective monitoring and measurement of outcome and impact of such programmes or schemes is imperative at different levels through identified Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

MeitY and Google launch ‘Build for Digital India’ programme for engineering students

Tech giant Google and Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) launched ‘Build for Digital India’ programme for engineering students. Google and Meity have signed a statement of intent for rolling out the programme.

About ‘Build for Digital India’ programme

Objective: The programme will offer a platform to engineering students for developing market-ready, technology-based solutions that addresses key social problems.

Process: Applicants will take part in online and offline learning opportunities on key technologies which includes Machine Learning (ML), Cloud and Android that will be offered by Google’s Developer Student Club network and other Google Developer networks.

Google will also offer mentorship sessions in strategy, product design and technology to most promising products and prototypes.

Focus Areas-

Addressing key social problems:

As part of programme, engineering students across India will be invited to present their ideas and solutions in areas such as education, agriculture, healthcare, women safety, infrastructure, smart cities, smart mobility and transportation, environment, accessibility and disability as well as digital literacy.

AI can help address the toughest social challenges of India:

Advanced new technologies such as Machine Learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) can help address at scale some of toughest social challenges that India faces today.

Significance: This initiative will not only motivate college students across India to innovate but will also produce some good technology solutions for some major social challenges of India.

It will also inspire and equip young engineers with technical and entrepreneurial skills and mentorship they need to turn their bright ideas into tomorrow’s breakthrough solutions.