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e-Infrastructure

Introduction

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) together with Internet is making it possible to share vast amount of knowledge and information and is driving all round socio-economic changes and growth. E-Infrastructure is the key enabler for the information and knowledge society. E-Infrastructure comprises tools, facilities and resources that are needed for advanced collaboration and includes integration of various technologies such as Internet broadband channels, computing power, bandwidth provisioning, data storage, grid based resource sharing etc. To sustain the growth of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) and to meet the challenges of globalization leading to highly competitive markets, there is a continuing need to invest in quality infrastructure, promote R&D efforts, create intellectual property in communications, Internet and broadband technologies, and address the related policy issues.

Initiatives of DeitY in the area of E-Infrastructure are:

1. National Policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility

The Constitution of India ensures justice, equality, liberty and fraternity, assures dignity of the individual and quality of status and opportunities to all its citizens including differently-abled persons. In the electronics age, electronic and ICT products/services are used in all areas of life such as education, health, employment, entertainment, banking etc. Electronics & ICTs can mitigate the barriers faced by differently-abled persons as well as help them to participate independently in day-to-day life. It is imperative to ensure that Electronics & ICTs are accessible to differently-abled so that they act as an enabler for providing equal opportunities to the differently-abled. Keeping in view the same, a National Policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility was formulated by this Department with input from all stake holders. The policy was approved by the Cabinet on 3 rd October, 2013 and it was notified on 25 th October, 2013.

The policy recognizes the need to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disabilities and to facilitate equal access to Electronics & ICTs. The National Policy also recognizes the diversity of differently-abled persons and provides for their specific needs. The Policy covers accessibility requirements in the area of Electronics and ICT. It recognizes the need for ensuring that accessibility standards and guidelines and universal design concepts are adopted and adhered to.

2. Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR)

i. To promote investment in the Information Technology (IT) / Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES)/ Electronic Hardware Manufacturing (EHM) units, the Government of India has notified policy on Information Technology Investment Regions (ITIRs) in May 2008. As per this policy, ITIRs will be self contained integrated township to accelerate growth of IT/ITeS/EHM industry. The minimum area of 40 sq km should be delineated for ITIR. 40% of the total delineated area should be earmarked for processing zone and remaining area for non-processing zone. Processing zone would comprise of Information Technology/Information Technology Enabled Services and Electronic Hardware Manufacturing Units, along with associated logistics and other services and required infrastructure. Non-processing area, to include residential, commercial and other social and institutional infrastructure.

ii. Department of Electronics & Information Technology(DeitY) is the nodal department of GoI for the ITIRs. A High powered Committee (HPC) constituted by the GoI and chaired by Cabinet Secretary will scrutinize applications for setting up new ITIRs, and subsequently monitor and expedite the progress of implementation. A Management Board constituted by State Government for each ITIR will be empowered to issue and expedite state level approvals. The Board may also be an SPV in a corporate form with sufficient autonomy with the participation of the developers or co-developers of the ITIR units.

iii. The State Government would play the lead role in setting up of the ITIR. It would identify a suitable site (preferably non-agricultural land), prepare the proposal and seek approval as per prescribed procedure. Where there is an existing Legislation, the State Government would notify ITIR area under the relevant Act for the purpose of proper planning and zoning to ensure coordinated development. Where necessary the State Government would enact a Law, which would inter alia enable granting of all clearances /permissions by the Management Board of ITIR.

iv. Government of India will ensure the availability of external physical infrastructure linkages to the ITIR including Road (National Highways), Airports, Telecom and Rail, in a time bound manner. This infrastructure will be created/upgraded through Public Private Partnerships to the extent possible. Central Government will provide the necessary viability gap funding though existing schemes.

v. Based on the proposals received from Govt. of Karnataka and Govt of Andhra Pradesh, DeitY had notified setting up of ITIRs near Bengaluru on 26.06.2013 and Hyderabad on 13.11.2013 after taking approval of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA). The details of ITIRs notified are given below:

a. ITIR in Bengaluru :The ITIR near Bengaluru will be set-up over an area of 42.51 sq. kms. (approximately10, 500 acres) and is located 44 kms from Bengaluru, 14 kms to the North of Bengaluru International Airport to be developed in 2 phases. The total investment in ITIR is estimated at Rs.1,06,000 crores. The major investment will be from Public-Private Partnerships. Government of India is supporting external linkage for the proposed ITIR with widening of National Highways and extension of Metro Rail from Bengaluru International airport to ITIR at an estimate of Rs 7010 crores. The proposed ITIR project would generate about 1.2 million direct and 2.8 million indirect jobs in the region.

b. ITIR in Hyderabad : The ITIR near Hyderabad will be spread over 202 sq. kms. in three clusters/agglomerations viz. (i) Cyberabad Development Area (ii) Hyderabad Airport Development Area and Maheshwaram in the south of Hyderabad (iii) Uppal and Pocharam areas in eastern Hyderabad, to be developed in two phases. The total investment for the ITIR is estimated to be around Rs.2,19,440 crores of which the IT/ITES Sector constitutes Rs.1,18,355 crores and the EHM sector, Rs.1,01,085 crores. The ITIR in Hyderabad is expected to generate an direct employment of 14.8 lakhs and in-direct employment of 55.9 lakhs. The major investment for creation of infrastructure will be from Public-Private Partnerships. Government of India has approved support for creation/upgrade of external linkage infrastructure in the ITIR viz (i) upgrade of radial roads, (ii) extension of MMTS and Metro Rail from Falaknuma to Shamshabad International airport at estimated cost of Rs 3275 crores.

 

R&D projects funded by E-Infrastructure Division are:

To promote development of E-Infrastructure and to promote R & D in emerging areas of E-Infrastructure, this division has funded projects to various R & D Institutes and organisations. A list of R & D projects funded is given below.

1) R&D projects initiated during X th and XI th Plan Period

2) R&D projects initiated and completed during XIIth Plan period

3) R&D projects initiated and ongoing during XIIth Plan period

For further details please contact

1. Shri Sanjiv Mittal
Joint Secretary & Group coordinator
E-Infrastructure Division
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Department of Electronics and Information Technology
Electronics Niketan
6 CGO Complex
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
email: sanjiv.mittal87@nic.in
Telephone: +91-11-24363075
Fax: +91-11-24363099

2. Shri Dipak Singh
Scientist F & Head of Department, E-Learning Division
E-Infrastructure/E-Learning Group
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Department of Electronics and Information Technology
Electronics Niketan
6 CGO Complex
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
e-mail: dipak.singh@deity.gov.in
Telephone: +91-11-24364565, 24301270
Fax: +91-11-24362924

3. Smt Meenakshi Agarwal
Scientist C , E-Infrastructure Division
E-Infrastructure/E-Learning Group
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Department of Electronics and Information Technology
Electronics Niketan
6 CGO Complex
Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
email: meenakshi.agarwal@deity.gov.in
Telephone: +91-11-24301573

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