MAIT in association with the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) have organized a one-day programme titled “India Standards: A strong ICT Nation”. The program is aimed at creating awareness about the international practices for ICT standards. This will also provide an opportunity to the officials to highlight the processes and mechanisms involved in the development and implementation of ICT standards.
Talking about this workshop, Amar Babu, President, MAIT said “Standards are important for matters relating to consumer safety and product quality. Implementation of standards framework and its compliance is extremely essential as it will eventually determine the success of the entire process. MAIT will take forward a proposal on behalf of the ICT industry, basis the feedback received from the programme and share it with the government. The proposal shall encourage the participation of industry players to come forward and share best practices relating to standards from across the globe.”
The program got a lot of appreciation and was attended by delegates from the domestic industry as well as several international organisations such as Information Technology Council, Digital Europe, Taipei Computer Association and SESEI. Commenting on the gathering for the workshop and welcoming the professionals, Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director, MAIT said “MAIT, as an industry body understands the importance of having standards for electronic goods as it is essential to prevent inflow of sub-standard goods in the market. The Indian government too has been taking positive steps to safeguard the interests of consumers through compulsory registration order which will go a long way in promoting quality and dependability across the ICT industry”.
The workshop was divided into four parts called as, “Role of Standards in the ICT & Electronics Sector – Trends, Opportunities and Issues,” “Compulsory Registration Order – Experience and way forward,” “Market Surveillance, Quality Control and Inspection,” “Anti-Counterfeiting and Consumer Awareness.”
Speaking about this unique and well-organised workshop, Keshav Desiraju, Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs said “Self registration, as implied by the CRO, is an enormous responsibility in itself. All inclusive growth of the ICT sector depends upon voluntary registration of products and how best we can take this forward. Consumers will be the end beneficiary of the process as standard of products will improve once the registration order is implemented fully”.