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A faceoff on ‘Digital India Week’ from the Industry Polymaths

Digital India Week

‘Digital India Week’ an enterprising pipe dream campaign; launched by PM Modi saw utmost extol from the next gen India. The Digital India Week is not only an aim to digitally – empower India but to enrich the rural latitudes of the country by a nascent digital life.

The summit amassed all the big-biz giants, Indian dignitaries and veterans under one roof. BIS Infotech strives to understand what the Industry doyens has to point as they will be the kernels for this Digital Mutation. Excerpts.

Vinay Shenoy Chairman India ElectronicsVinay Shenoy, Chairman, India Electronics and Semiconductors Association lauds Indian Government’s Digital India initiative by asserting that the campaign is a colossal project even on a global scale, delivering services digitally to every one of 1.2 Billion citizens in the country. Inclusion is an integral part of the program – Inclusion of all citizens in availing digital services and  equally important, inclusion of all cross sections of the Industry – Indian start-ups, small, medium and large and multinational enterprises in innovation, engineering and manufacturing of electronic devices & equipment. Make in India is an integral part of Digital India. IESA is proud to be associated with the Digital India initiative and will leverage the collective value of its members to realize Digital India and Make in India.

Mehul Lanvers Shah Managing DirectorMehul Lanvers – Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India says that The Digital India programme unearthed by Prime Minister Modi is an exemplary initiative by the government to deliver this country into a new era of digital empowerment.  The five elements of this programme — Digitize India Platform, Digital Locker, National Scholarship Portal, e-Hospital and e-Sign — will not only offer a digital backbone to connect the common man with the government, but will also provide a concerted impetus for inflow of foreign investment in the country. Strong presence of industry leaders signifies a significant role of public private partnership to action the Digital campaign. While today’s announcement lays the cornerstone for India’s digital journey, we look forward to a detailed framework from the Government to realize its digital dream.

Satya Nadella CEO of MicrosoftSatya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft also didn’t leave the opportunity to cite on this campaign saying that he is  proud to be a part of Digital India launch and believe that technology can uniquely support the government’s initiatives in key areas including: rural internet connectivity, digital cloud services for all its citizens, and communications and productivity services for the Government.He added that at Microsoft, our focus is on empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.Likewise, the Digital India initiative is focused on harnessing the power of technology to help India transform.In fact, to help drive this transformation; Microsoft is introducing marquee cloud services – Microsoft Azure, Dynamics and Office 365 – to local datacenters in India to accelerate cloud innovation, connect every Indian and every Indian business to the world through our global hyper-scale cloud.He added that the democratizing force of software and digital technology will enable India’s future innovators and entrepreneurs to purse their dreams.He congratulated and extended best wishes to the Honorable Prime Minister, and the Honorable IT Minister and every Indian citizen and business on this occasion.

Anil Valluri PresidentAnil Valluri, President, NetApp India & SAARC noted that Digital India is one of the most significant transformations the country will witness by eventually connecting over a hundred crore people of India, with technology as its focal point. A digitally enabled nation means that citizens will have instantaneous access to government services over the internet, like the Digital locker, e-governance services on demand, access to common service centers among others. The initiative is set digitally empower citizens to use the digital infrastructure as a utility. A digitally enabled nation also means influx of data or influx of terabytes. Digital India would create a huge influx of terabytes and this would mean that the integrit , storage, archival, retrieval and portability of data would be of paramount importance. Digital India’s success would also be a function of the underlying technology infrastructure with data becoming the nucleus of this thrust.

Keshav Bansal Director IntexKeshav Bansal, Director – Intex Technologies asserted that Digital India to be a huge step towards building a truly empowered Nation. The initiative aimed at providing accessibility to essential services will lead to a holistic growth of the country, from literacy to employability to GDP growth.

Bansal wrapped up by saying that At Intex, the 2nd largest Indian mobile phone brand, we are not just excited but will help support this initiative by introducing technology and products that will be instrumental in bridging the digital divide. Today, we at Intex are even more committed towards supplying to this new demand of digital connectivity. We are proud to be part of this historical moment.

Dr.Chandan Chowdhury Managing DirectorThe concluding pronouncement came from Dr. Chandan Chowdhury, Managing Director, Dassault Systems India saying The Digital India Initiative is a welcome move by the government to take India closer to becoming a digitally empowered society and a more robust knowledge economy. The initiative will facilitate greater inclusiveness and connectivity of individuals with relevant information and resources for their benefit. Projects such as Digital Locker System, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app, are all efforts towards bridging the digital gap in our country. Today, we thrive in the age of consumer experience, and digital India initiative through various programmes is focusing on offering a high end experience. The initiative will enable people to get engaged in the innovation process-it’s the next level of growth.


Niloy Banerjee

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