eINDIA 2009 is a unique platform for knowledge sharing in different domains of ICT for development and facilitates, multi-stakeholder partnerships and networking among governments, industry, academia and civil society organisations of different countries, including the host country- India. The objective is to bring together ICT experts, practitioners, business leaders and stakeholders of the region onto one platform, through keynote addresses, paper presentations, thematic workshops and exhibitions. In order to make the eINDIA event more effective and all encompassing, the organisers confer eINDIA 2009 Awards to distinguished professionals and institutions working in the domains of e-Agriculture, e-Governance, Digital Learning, e-Health, Municipal IT and Telecentre.
The eINDIA Awards programme is held annually alongside the eINDIA conference proceedings. eINDIA Awards are open for all national and international government organisations, civil society organisations, bi-lateral, multi-lateral developmental organisations and enterprises who have transformed social development opportunities into a sustainable social enterprise through innovative use of ICTs. In this issue of eGov magazine, we present projects that are nominated for eIndia Awards 2009 in e-Agriculture, e-Governance, Municipal IT and Telecentre Track.
Individuals and institutions who wished to nominate themselves for the eINDIA 2009 Awards had to furnish details about the projects they were involved with and the nominated projects were evaluated according to economic cost and sustainability, stakeholder support, gender parity, and other inclusiveness indicators, impact on livelihoods and society in general, demonstrable effects on the project target groups, community initiatives and ownership, the measure of replication and extent of collaboration.
categories of awards
eINDIA 2009 Awards were decided by certain procedures and rules governing the evaluation of the entries. The call for nominations for the eINDIA 2009 Awards was open till 15th July 2009. The Award selection process went through a dual process of Jury as well as public voting system. The online voting started from 1st August 2009 and closes on 20th August 2009.
The major reasons for establishing eIndia awards 2009 was to encourage institutions and individual leaders to use and apply ICT tools in various developmental and sector-specific projects,to identify and popularise emerging leaders and innovative projects from the different sectors of the development community, including the grass-roots organisations, to identify and felicitate projects that exemplifies the kind of implementation that can be easily replicated and at the same time proves efficient and sustainable; especially projects implemented in India and the South Asian region, to promote the most innovative initiatives in the domain of ICTs for Development , to spread awareness about the role of ICTs in addressing social concerns and to emphasise the instrumental effectiveness of ICT based applications.