Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (Meity) had set up an Institutional Mechanism under the National e-Governance Programme (NeGP) to evolve/adopt Standards for eGovernance.

“National Centre for e-Governance Standards and Technology” (NeST) has been approved by the competent authority over a period of three years with STQC as a technology partner with a responsibility to support technical part of the project, vide administrative approval No.3 (37)/2014-EG-I1 dated 30/03/2015.

The action plan for NeSTincludes formulation of e-Governance Standards, Support to Open Technology and Open Hardware, Think Tank for evolution of e-Governance standards in sync with R&D, Conformity Assessment to verify implementation of e-Governance standards and support to STQC/ITTL laboratories towards the same, Organization of seminars, professional training (class-room, e-learning and blended)for advocacy and awareness of Standards in various states, Sharing and Collaboration (International Standards Organizations, Repository of standards, best practices and case studies, Industry and Academia collaboration) and Support services (Facilitate adoption of Standards and Open Technologies, Help-desk, Test-bed facility and the like).

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