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The  objective behind the discussions was to offer a platform for discussions by industry experts,  on the essential issue of ICT implementation in governance

Udaipur:  A host of speakers here on Wednesday set the agenda of eGov Knowledge Exchange in motion with their thought-provoking analysis and speeches. Underlying the importance of this kind of event, the Programme Chair of the event and Secretary of Rajasthan IT & Communications Department Sanjay Malhotra said, “This is a forum where we have come to exchange ideas and discuss ways to find out solutions the problems the government faces.”

“It is an ideal opportunity for all of us to come together and discuss how we can improve governance”, he added. Elaborating further he said if the society has to progress, the Health and the Education sector must be widely focused upon.

Taking forward the discussion, which was split in two sessions, Gujarat Knowledge Society Joint CEO Dr M B Dholakia said disseminating ICT training to masses was need of the hour and the private players need to take it as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity and not as business to create magic.

“ICT is integral for training such a huge mass of people and creating employment opportunities for all”, Dholakia said.Participating in the discussion, the Rajasthan Knowledge Corporation Limited (RKCL) Managing Director Dr Aatul Wadegaonkar said, “Though various courses at RKCL we are trying to bridge the Digital Divide.” Highlighting an ICT initiative of the Rajasthan government, the State Head of the National Informatics Centre Inedu Gupta said, the child tracking system in Rajasthan has been appreciated worldwide.

“IT has benefited mankind leaps and bounds in the field of Bio Medical Research,” Dr Meera Singh, Head – Bio Informatics Centre, ICMR said. The opening session was also addressed by Debasish Bandopoadhyay, DS-IT, Government of West Bengal, and Tapan Kumar, ACP (Dy Director), Department of Information Technology & Communication, Government of Rajasthan.

The event is being jointly organized by the Department of Information Technology & Communication (DoIT&C), Government of Rajasthan, and Elets Techno media Pvt Ltd, the publisher ofAsia’s premier eGov Magazine.

The second session on ‘ICT Innovations in Governance’ which was chaired by Major Gen R Siva Kumar, CEO and Head, NRDMS and NSDI,  Government of India was addressed by Dr K K Pathak, Secretary, Rajasthan Public Service Commission, Prem Narayan, Director, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India,V K Sharma, CEO & Director, Gujarat Info Petro Ltd, Santulan Chaubey, Director, Delhi eGovernance Society and Sandeep Ahlawat, Head, State e-Mission Team (SeMT), Government of Delhi.

The forum is expected to bring together more than 100 key leaders from the central and the state governments and stakeholders from across the country, ELETS CEO Ravi Gupta said.

The central objective behind the eGov Knowledge Exchange Forum 2012 is to offer a platform for discussions by industry experts, stakeholders, key decision makers and private players on the essential issue of ICT implementation in governance.

The event shall witness sessions, thematic presentations and discussions on landmark technologies such as Cloud/Virtualization, IT Surveillance, Data Centre, Vehicle Tracking System, Storage Devices, Videoconferencing, IPv6, Social Media, etc.

Key officials from the Ministry of Communication and IT, Government of India, from various e-Governance agencies, Heads of e-Governance, IT and other nodal agencies from different states, IT officials from various government establishments including, Defense, Railways, NIC, Data Centers, Science & Technology Units, etc as well as officials from different IT Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) from across the country shall be converging on the idea of better governance through ICT implementation.

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