DIGITAL INDIA

Digital India Corporation is a not for profit Company set up by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India, under Section  8 of Companies Act 2013. Earlier the company was known as ‘Media Lab Asia’. It has been renamed as ‘Digital India Corporation’ w.e.f. Sep 8, 2017.

Digital India Corporation (DIC) leads and guides in realizing the vision, objectives and goals of the Digital India program. It provides the strategic support to Ministries/Departments of Centre/States for carrying forward the mission of Digital India by way of Capacity Building for e-Governance projects, promoting best practices, encouraging Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), nurturing innovation and technology in various domains. To ensure autonomy and viability of the organisation in the long run, DIC, will also collaborate and mobilise partnerships with the industry, to evolve revenue based models for service delivery.      

To undertake these functions, Digital India Corporation will attract talent and resources both from government and market. The judicious mix of talent will ensure that Government is equipped with a broad spectrum of resources for successful design of Digital India related projects.

Digital India Corporation has the following responsibilities:
  • To provide leadership and support to Government of India through MeitY. To steer and anchor Digital India and all related policy and implementation initiatives. To promote digital transactions including digital payments through various mediums.
  • To support MeitY in all its initiatives with policy and implementation related issues concerning various ongoing programmes & schemes in ICT domain.New initiatives initiated as a part of the Digital India vision.
  • To support Ministries/Departments, both at Centre as well as at States and other stakeholders in crafting progressive e-Governance strategies. To promote Accountability, Efficiency, Efficacy and Transparency.
  • To source and make available from both the markets as well as within government,a pool of technically skilled manpower for hardware, software, networks, cyber security and cyber laws, standards, quality and testing etc. in ICT domain to Ministries/Departments on chargeable basis under the Central and State Government.
  • To promote innovation and evolve models for empowerment of citizens through Digital initiatives. To promote participatory governance and citizen engagement across the government through various platforms including social media.
  • To establish the National e-Governance Academy. To put in place an institutional mechanism for capacity building of government and its agencies, including assessment and evolution of suitable training packages/modules for capacity building for the Centre and States for Human Capital formation to enhance competitiveness for successful implementation of various projects/schemes in ICT domain to cut on cost and time over run.

The Board of the Company in its meeting held on 16th May 2017 approved the proposal for fully realigning the purpose and objectives in line with Digital India vision. The approval of the Board ensures that the Digital India Corporation with a complete restructuring of its administrative components, will play the role of a leader in e-Governance space and take forward the projects and activities of Digital India and facilitate all stakeholders to realize its goals.

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The Company encompasses 6 different divisions viz.:

1]Technology Development & Deployment Division (TDDD)– Ph.D Scheme

  • Give thrust to R&D, Create innovative ecosystem and Enhance India’s competitiveness in these knowledge intensive sectors.
  • To help in the fulfillment of the commitments made in National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2012 and National Policy on Information Technology (NPIT) 2012.
  • Support to 1500 PhD students in each of ESDM and IT/ITES sectors (Total: 3000 PhDs).
  • Out of the above, 500 PhDs in each of ESDM and IT/ITES sectors would be from full-time PhD candidates. The other 1000 PhDs in each of ESDM and IT/ITES sectors would be from part-time PhD candidates.
  • The scheme will also support 200 Young Faculty Research Fellowships in the area of ESDM and IT/ITES with the objective to attract and retain young faculty members. This is expected to help in the recognition and encouragement of young Faculty members involved in research and technology development in these areas.
  • Infrastructural grant to Academic Institutions for creation/upgradation of laboratories. Grant up to Rs. 5 lakh for every Full-Time PhD Candidate supported under the scheme may be provided to an Academic Institution.

One of the key goals of the Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme is to encourage working professionals and non-PhD faculty members to pursue PhD in the ESDM & IT/ITES sectors as part-time candidates. It is envisioned that having part-time PhD students is likely to encourage the Industry-Academia interaction, help in the alignment of the R&D efforts between them and bring value to the country.

For more details, please visit https://phd.dic.gov.in

2]NeGD (National e-Governance Division)-NEGD

n 2009, National e-Governance Division was created by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology as an Independent Business Division under the Digital India Corporation {erstwhile Media Lab Asia}. Since 2009, NeGD has been playing a pivotal role in supporting MeitY in Programme Management and implementation of the e-Governance Projects; provide technical and advisory support to Ministries/ Departments, both at Central and State levels along with other Government organisations. NeGD’s major operational areas include programme management, project development, technology management, capacity building, awareness and communications related activities under the flagship Digital India Programme. NeGD has developed and is managing several National Public Digital Platforms such as DigiLocker, UMANG, Rapid Assessment System, OpenForge, API Setu, Poshan Tracker, Academic Bank of Credits, National Academic Depositories, National AI Portal, MyScheme, India Stack Global, Meri Pehchaan, etc. 

The envisioned roles and responsibilities of NeGD are as follows:

  1. Providing strategic direction in terms of framing policies and implementation strategy for the Digital India Programme in different domains of e-Governance
  2. Proactive support to Central and State Governments for Mission Mode Projects and other e-Governance projects
  3. Acting as a facilitator and catalyst for implementation of Digital India Program by various Ministries and State Governments
  4. Providing technical assistance to Central Ministries/ State Line Departments in their e-Governance projects either directly or in collaboration with professional consultants
  5. Undertaking technical appraisal of e-Governance projects for examining issues like overall technology, architecture, framework standards, security policy, service delivery mechanism, sharing of common infrastructure, etc
  6. Developing generic / model Expression of Interest, Request for Proposal, Standard Contracts, PPP Models and other related documents for various stages and requirements of projects for use by the States
  7. Ensuring effective citizen engagement and communication with all stakeholders using offline and Social Media channels
  8. Impact assessment and e-Readiness measurement of e-Governance projects of all States / UTs
  9. Recruitment, deployment and HR management of specialised resources in the State e-Governance Mission Teams in all States and UTs
  10. Training and development initiatives, including-
    • Development of competency frameworks, training guidelines, case studies, etc
    • Developing Online and Web based Training and set up Learning Management System
    • Knowledge management and sharing through workshops, development of case studies, sharing best practises and creation of knowledge repositories, etc

For more information, visit https://www.negd.gov.in

3]MyGov

MyGov has been established as Government of India’s Citizen Engagement Platform which collaborates with multiple Government bodies/ Ministries to engage with citizens for policy formulation and seeks the opinion of people on issues/ topics of public interest and welfare.
Since its launch on 26th July 2014, by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, MyGov has more than 28.0 million registered users. Almost all Government Departments leverage MyGov platform for their citizen engagement activities, consultations for policy formulation and also to disseminate information to citizens for various Government schemes and programs. MyGov is amongst the most active profiles on Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & LinkedIn with the username @MyGovIndia. MyGov has a significant presence on several Indian social media platforms like Koo, Sharechat, Chingari, Roposo, Bolo Indya and Mitron. MyGov has adopted multiple engagement methodologies like discussions, tasks, polls, surveys, blogs, talks, pledges, quizzes and on-ground activities by innovatively using internet, mobile apps, IVRS, SMS and outbound dialling (OBD) technologies.

MyGov has also launched State instances in 19 States, namely Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, karnataka, Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu.

MyGov is part of Digital India Corporation, a Section 8 company under Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India.

MyGov has had significant success in terms of engaging with citizens. Logos and Tagline of key National Projects have been crowdsourced through MyGov. Few Notable crowdsourced initiatives are Logo for Swachh Bharat, Logo for National Education Policy, Logo for Digital India Campaign, etc. MyGov has time and again solicited inputs of draft policies from citizens few of those are National Education Policy, Data Centre Policy, Data Protection Policy, National Ports Policy, IIM Bill etc. MyGov have also been frequently soliciting ideas for Mann Ki Baat, Annual Budget, Pariksha Pe Charcha and many more such initiatives.

To disseminate authentic, easy to understand and consistent information relating to COVID19, MyGov has been supporting MoHFW for communications on social media. With an objective to drive behavioural change, fighting fake news and busting myths, MyGov created a dedicated portal for COVID related information dissemination – https://www.mygov.in/covid-19. MyGov has also built a Chatbot on WhatsApp to disseminate information about Covid19 and Vaccination through a Helpdesk number 9013151515.

For more information, visit https://www.mygov.in

4]MeitY Startup Hub (MSH)

India is home to one of the most vibrant startup ecosystems with close to 8000 tech startups, making it the 2nd largest startup ecosystem in the world. Hence, innovation and entrepreneurship is the emerging focus area that is being aggressively promoted to give fillip to the Indian economy. Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India is leading and facilitating a gamut of Innovation and IPR related activities across the country towards expansion of this ecosystem.

In order to facilitate MeitY’s vision of promoting technology innovation, start-ups and creation of Intellectual Properties, a nodal entity called ‘MeitY Start-up Hub’ (MSH) has been setup under its aegis. MSH will act as a national coordination, facilitation and monitoring centre that will integrate all the incubation centres, start-ups and innovation related activities of MeitY.

For more information, visit https://meitystartuphub.in/

5]India Semiconductor Mission (ISM)

India Semiconductor Mission (ISM) as an Independent Business Division within Digital India Corporation with administrative and financial autonomy to drive India’s strategies for developing semiconductors and display manufacturing ecosystem, and to act as nodal agency for this purpose as outlined below

  1. India Semiconductor Mission is authorized to negotiate with the applicants under the semiconductor fab scheme and the display fab scheme to decide the appropriate technology mix, applications, node size(s) / generation, capacity, etc., and propose the structure and quantum of fiscal support for the selected applicant(s) under Semiconductor Fab Scheme and Display Fab Scheme.
  2. India Semiconductor Mission may recommend one or more applicants under the Semiconductor Fab Scheme depending on the receipt of applications under the Scheme.
  3. Under the Display Fab Scheme also, India Semiconductor Mission may recommend one or more applicants depending on the receipt of applications under the Scheme.

Vision: To build a vibrant semiconductor and display ecosystem to enable India’s emergence as a global hub for electronics manufacturing and design.

Objectives: ISM has been proposed with the objective to:

  1. Formulate a comprehensive long-term strategy for developing sustainable semiconductors and display manufacturing facilities and semiconductor design eco-system in the country in consultation with the Government ministries/departments/agencies, industry, and academia.
  2. Facilitate the adoption of secure microelectronics and developing a trusted semiconductor supply chain, including raw materials, specialty chemicals, gases, and manufacturing equipment.
  3.  Enable a multi-fold growth of the Indian semiconductor design industry by providing requisite support in the form of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools, foundry services and other suitable mechanisms for early-stage startups.
  4. Promote and facilitate indigenous Intellectual Property (IP) generation.
  5. Encourage, enable and incentivize Transfer of Technologies (ToT).
  6. Establish suitable mechanisms to harness economies of scale in Indian semiconductor and display industry.
  7. Enable cutting-edge research in semiconductors and display industry including evolutionary and revolutionary technologies through grants, global collaborations and other mechanisms in academia/research institutions, industry, and through establishing Centres of Excellence (CoEs).
  8.  Enable collaborations and partnership programs with national and international agencies, industries and institutions for catalyzing collaborative research, commercialization and skill development.

Management Structure:
The management structure for ISM has been proposed as under:

  1. ISM will be headed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  2. The business division will be run by a professional management including an Additional Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), etc. who shall be assisted by domain / functional experts from the industry.
  3. The key management personnel i.e. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Additional Chief Executive Officer, a Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), etc. shall be selected inter-alia from industry by a Search-cum-Selection Committee headed by Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The salary and emoluments of key management personnel shall be commensurate with the industry standards.
  4. ISM will have an advisory committee comprising of representatives of Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India, National Security Advisor, NITI Aayog, Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Expenditure etc. and other eminent experts with experience in global semiconductor and display industry and research to be nominated by Chairman of the Board of Directors of Digital India Corporation.

Functions: The following functions have been proposed to be undertaken by ISM:

  1. Advise the Government of India on matters relating to the growth and development of the semiconductors and display ecosystem in India.
  2. Engage with global technology majors, government stakeholders, industry, academia, and experts for attracting semiconductor design and manufacturing investments in India.
  3. Act as the first reference point for any investor interested in setting up a semiconductor or display manufacturing facility in India.
  4. Implement schemes/activities related to semiconductor manufacturing including display fabrication, semiconductor packaging, etc.
  5. Perform techno-commercial evaluation of proposals and engage with the applicants under the semiconductor and display schemes and carry out negotiations with them to propose the appropriate technology mix, applications, node size(s) / generation, capacity, etc. and structure and quantum of fiscal support under the scheme.
  6. Facilitate the development of supply chain i.e. vital raw materials such as semiconductor wafers, specialty, and high purity gasses, chemicals, tools/equipment etc. for semiconductors and display manufacturing vii.
  7. Facilitate policies for Intellectual Property (IP) generation, licensing, and protection with incentives for developers of IP and uptake of advancements in the industry to create a vibrant IP market.
  8. Promote and facilitate research and innovation, evolutionary and disruptive technologies in the state-of-the-art semiconductor and display ecosystems by enabling research groups, funding, facilities, international and industry academic collaborations, etc.
  9. Fund commercial/research projects and Centres of Excellence for the development of the semiconductor and display ecosystem.
  10. Organize and support training/skilling programmes for the development of the semiconductor and display ecosystem.
  11. Support implementation of identified projects in semiconductors and display manufacturing and coordinate actions of various government ministries/departments/agencies in the Government of India and State Governments for speedy implementation.
  12. Onboard required expertise for achieving mandated objectives. CEO ISM will have the power to hire such personnel as required from time to time for the fulfillment of such objectives.
  13. Discharge such other functions or exercise such powers as may be considered necessary for the achievement of the objectives or as may be decided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

For more information, visit https://ism.gov.in/

6]Digital India Bhashini Division (DIBD)

Digital India Bhashini is an Independent Business Division established by MeitY within DIC for the following purposes:

  • Develop and maintain a public digital platform for enabling an easy and responsive ecosystem for translation among various Indian languages and English using the latest technologies.
  • Create and nurture an ecosystem involving startups and Central/State government agencies working together to develop and deploy innovative products and services in Indian languages.
  • Act as the nodal agency to further the above, including through evolution of a sustainable model.

For more information, visit https://bhashini.gov.in/

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