June 2008

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Indian embassy introduces machine-readable passport

The Indian Embassy in Doha has introduced Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) in consonance with the guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The new passport document is not only machine-readable but also machine printed.

The new system will help the Indian embassy to maintain the current schedule of service delivery though the population of Indians has ballooned to 310,000. The new booklet conforms to the international specifications. The new e-Passports will make it easy for travellers to get easy clearance at immigration counters across the world. The new application form is slightly different from the earlier form. The photographs (to be pasted on the passport form) should have a light background, neither white nor black, and should not be signed across, unlike in the past. The signature should be on the front page. The entire data on passport will be uploaded on the government system and this would make it easy to seek other government services.

Tamil Nadu launches portal for e-Processing of lands

In yet another endeavour to improve e-Governance, the Government of Tamil Nadu has a launched a website for online processing of land documents. The website was launched at a regional review conference organised jointly by the Land Resources department and Union Ministry of Rural Development.

Initially, the website was launched in Dindigul, Vellore and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu. The website will subsequently be launched in interior districts of  Tamil Nadu in a phased manner to cover the entire state.

The website 'www.eservices.tn.gov.in' incorporates all land-related details such as 'Patta', 'Poramboke land' etc. So far, the website has registered INR 32 billion of land resources with full details of the owner/enterprise across the State. This kind of e-Processing of land resources has already been launched in various states of India like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana etc. and also in countries like England, Australia, Thailand and Kenya. 

Madurai University plans to digitise library

In one of the pathfinding endeavours, Madurai Kamaraj University has undertaken a project to digitise its library. Madurai Kamaraj University is the first Indian University to take up a project of this sort. Vice-chancellor of the university, R Karpaga Kumaravel has taken several initiatives as part of implementing e-Governance and e-Content in administration and academic affairs and make the institution an international centre of learning and excellence. The digitisation of library books would eventually help students to refer and download books online. The digitalisation of the library would be done through the Consortium of Educational Communication(CEC), an inter-university centre of UGC on electronic media. The project will be implemented in phases.      

Coimbatore hospital adopts e-Governance model

The Medical Council of India has made mandatory the computerisation of outpatient and inpatient services and the functioning of laboratories, pharmacy and medical records department.

Subsequent to this, the Directorate of Medical Education, is focusing on adopting e-Governance model in healthcare to make outpatient registration, consultation and prescription of medicines smooth in all medical college hospitals in the state of  Tamil Nadu. Director of  Medical Education, T.P. Kalaniti, has said that the focus would be on emulating the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, which computerised outpatient registration, consultation and prescription of drugs a month ago.

The outpatient registration slip (of the proposed model) bears a bar code, which when scanned by the doctor, provides details (which appear before a computer screen) of the patient such as name, age, address etc. After diagnosis, the doctor makes the prescription on the computer and forwards it to the pharmacy wing. The bar code on the slip is scanned by pharmacy staff to get the e-Prescription.    
Manipal University campus goes wireless

Manipal University has implemented a campus-wide wireless mesh network, so that students can access fast and convenient wireless Internet and university's Local Area Network (LAN) service from anywhere in the campus.

To implement the campus wide wi-fi mesh network, the University has tied up with D-VoiS Broadband. After the implementation of the network, students will be able to access Internet, intranet and other value-added applications anytime, anywhere within the campus.

The network is spread across five sq. km. and is capable of supporting more than 15,000 subscribers. Under the aegis of Manipal University-D-VoiS Broadband partnership, the university will also implement other value-added applications such as streaming video, e-Library and video on demand in a phased manner.

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