India Development Gateway (Vikaspedia), a multilingual, multisectoral online knowledge platform, is an initiative of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), GoI for providing e-knowledge and using ICT-based applications in regional languages for empowerment of underserved communities. It addresses the vision area “Digital empowerment of citizens” of the “Digital India” programme through provision of universally accessible digital resources in Indian languages, created and shared collaboratively by various development stakeholders.
The collaborative content creation platform also catalyzes collaboration and knowledge sharing among development stakeholders representing from Government, NGOs, community based organizations, private, academic and research institutions.
Salient features of www.vikaspedia.gov.in
- Vikaspedia hosts information in all 22 scheduled languages of India, besides English.
- The domains covered by Vikaspedia, at present, include Agriculture, Health, Education, Social Welfare, Energy and e-Governance.
- Vikaspedia hosts multiple content forms, including multimedia, shared by various agencies/individuals.
- Besides information, several mobile apps and services are also made available for the benefit of the user communities.
- Vikaspedia offers content editing and adding opportunities to authenticated registered users of the portal.
- The platform offers several user interactive features such as discussion fora, opinion polls, page rating, page commenting, interaction with social networking sites, feedback mechanisms, etc.
- Vikaspedia – As on July 2017
- Hosts 8 lakh pages of content shared by various development stakeholders.
- It attracts 57 million hits per month and has close to 50,000 registered volunteers.
- Several products and services of Vikaspedia have been taken up by various state governments to be replicated as part of their existing programmes.
- 1850+ outreach events at state, district, community level across 19 states & 2 UTs have been organised
- Building Capacities of First Level Service Providers – 2 lakh trained on Digital tools in regional languages for information access & sharing.