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Digital India roundup: Govt, Samsung to set up tech educational institute & More

Government ties up with Samsung for technical educational institutions

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Samsung Electronics have signed an MOU to set up the MSME-Samsung Technical School, with an aim to establish a total of ten such schools for conducting joint training programmes across the country.

Students at this facility will be provided trade-specific training on repair and troubleshooting for consumer electronics products like mobile phones, home theatres, televisions among others. The students will also be educated in soft skill to provide good customer service. Samsung mentioned that it will source a lot of parts and components of their products from Indian industries, especially MSMEs to promote ‘Make in India’.

Prime Minister addresses Economic Times Global Summit

At the Prime Minister’s inaugural address at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, he said the government should nurture an ecosystem where the economy promotes all-round development, generating employment and producing goods with quality to meet global standards.

Additionally, he also said consensus has arrived with States for amending the Constitution to implement GST. He said a National Program for PDS computerisation and the National Institution for Transforming India, NITI Aayog will be setup. The Prime Minister also spoke about government transparency, reforms in the power sector, in infrastructure and FDI, inflation, economic inclusivity among other things. He said what we need is not just more production, but mass production and production by masses.

Finance Minister meets with representatives of the IT industry

In a pre-budget meeting with the representatives of the IT industry, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the role of IT sector is crucial to promote e-governance and boost the manufacturing sector in the country. The meeting was attended by various industry heads including CEO of Infosys, Flipkart, Snapdeal, InMobi, Resident of NASSCOM, CFO of Wipro, HCL Technologies among others.

Various suggestions were made by representatives of IT industry including incentives for setting-up of data centers, building infrastructure for large data centers as well as to have a big network of large software products companies within the country. Other suggestions included  more budgetary allocation for digital literacy programme, stable tax regime, direct tax benefits for the sector, tax benefits for cashless transactions, resolving issues relating to double taxation among others.

US-India information and communications technology working group meet

At a meeting of the United States-India Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group held in Washington DC, the Participants agreed to continue to explore opportunities for collaboration on implementing India’s Digital India initiative. The United States and India plan to hold the next U.S.-India ICT Working Group in India later this year.

During the two-day working group meeting, U.S. and Indian government representatives discussed ICT and telecommunication policy issues, with a focus on accelerating broadband deployment, aligning spectrum policy and exchanging views on internet governance and best practices in ICT and telecommunications regulatory policy. They also discussed issues relating to the international mobility of Indian skilled professionals and a panel of non-government experts also shared insights on strategies that may help India achieve the goals outlined in the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) envisaged programme ‘Digital India’ had previously received an approval from the Cabinet in August last year.

India and US to strengthen ties in Electronic Manufacturing and Information Technology

The US Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli met the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to strengthen ties in the field of Electronic Manufacturing and Information Technology.

Ms Novelli said that the discussions on internet governance has become more broad based and inclusive. There is a need to have dialogues with engineers, IT professionals, companies, stakeholders. Interestingly the Minister for communications said in India the Internet must promote local along with the global, and must remain an instrument for the masses. Ms Novelli also said the USA would like to see India playing a larger role in the internet issues of the world.

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