India's Troubled Tryst With Free Speech

My old boss, MJ Akbar, had only one commandment in journalism, so far as I remember. This was (and I am paraphrasing him): write whatever you want about any subject, but never make fun of religion. I am not sure whether this was said because he wanted his newspapers to show respect for religion or…

NASSCOM, DeitY to focus on resolving Industry challenges in eGovernance in 2015

National Association of Software Services Companies  facilitated an interaction, between DeitY and the Industry on various challenges being faced by the sector, while participating in various e-Governance projects. The meeting chaired by Shri R.S. Sharma, Secretary DeitY, was attended by senior government officials from DEITY, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and the Department of…

E-governance centres to be a reality in villages soon

The scheme, part of the Central government’s National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), will be implemented in all 30 districts with the setting up of 5,713 CSCs across gram panchayats in the coming months. The CSCs will provide hundreds of Government to Citizen (G2C) and Business to Citizen (B2C) services such as payment of utility bills, booking of railway…

Jan Dhan may save the day for Common Service Centres

Sajal Roy had invested ₹1.60 lakh in a common service centre (CSC) of Sahaj e-Village programme at Ramgopalpur village, in South 24-Parganas district of West Bengal, in 2007, with the intention to offer e-governance services. Unfortunately, the e-governance project did not take off in majority of the States, including Bengal. Roy had to depend on…

e-Learning can create more health professionals

Electronic learning – the use of electronic media and devices in education – is likely to be as effective as traditional methods for training health professionals, says a study. Students acquire knowledge and skills through online and offline e-learning as well as or better than they do through traditional teaching, showed the findings of the…