In the current century, Technology and Innovation have to be leveraged to serve the vast population of the country and its dream. Information and Communication Technologies today play a crucial role in economic and societal transformation. Digital India aims to harness this potential. Government is implementing the Digital India project as an umbrella programme to prepare India for knowledge based transformation into a digitally empowered Society and knowledge economy. Digital India aims to provide the much needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas, namely Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity, Public Internet Access Programme, e-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology, e-Kranti - Electronic Delivery of Services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing, IT for Jobs and Early Harvest Programmes.

Further, with a vision to transform e-Governance for transforming Governance and keeping in view the need to utilize emerging technologies such as Cloud and mobile platform and focus on integration of services, the Government has also proposed to implement “e-Kranti : National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) 2.0” under the Digital India programme.

With NeGP as the prime focus, large investments are being made under NeGP and other e-governance projects. But one of the major reasons why the impact of this large investment is not so visible is due to lack of a standardized approach. To implement e-Governance projects successfully the solution has to be interoperable, secure, scalable, reusable, leading to efficiency, effectiveness, reduction in cost and risk. To harness this, National Centre for e-Governance Standards and Technology has been set up by STQC Standardization, Testing and Quality Certification as a Centre of Excellence.

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