“This will be India’s decade in digital tech”

Jan 8 2020 Ajay Shawney 1

     This decade will be India’s decade (on the information technology front).  India will become a digitally transformed India…a real Digital India”, said Mr Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) and one of the chief architects of India’s current IT policy.
    “Today, although digital technology is sweeping across the country, it did not touch some sectors.  But this is changing and the decade will see digital technology brushing every sector and government department,” he said.
    A doyen in the IT sector, known globally for his contribution to India’s digital push, Mr. Sawhney was recently in the city of destiny to launch the first batch of the PG programme in digital governance and management (PGP-DGM) of the Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam.
    Underscoring the importance of digital technology, he said digital platforms can radically change a sector, giving examples of platforms such as g-mail, Facebook and google. He quoted another example, that of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which “provided us with a stronger banking system by bringing all banking features onto one platform.” When UPI was launched in 2016, there was just one lakh transactions a month, when there were 90 crore debit cards.  In three years, the UPI transactions increased by a staggering 11,000 times with 110 crore transactions a month in 2019.
    Mr Sawhney said the areas that would see a massive development were artificial intelligence, 5G technology, internet of things, block-chain, robotics and cloud-based services.
IIM-V launches new courses
    The IIM-V, which has been declared as an institute of national importance, will be launching two new doctoral programmes in decision sciences and marketing, widening its bouquet of offerings. Prof M Chandrasekhar, IIM-V Director, said the institute has introduced two foreign languages, German and Spanish, as part of its flagship postgraduate programme in management.
    Twenty-seven candidates from 10 States had enrolled in the Institute’s first batch of Fellow Programme in Management.

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