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Digital Gems: A good beginning to an e-journey

June 30, 2017
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In a first of its kind initiative in the country, Coeus Age Consulting undertook a research to discover 41 transformative digital governance initiatives. Called the “Gems of Digital India”, these e-governance projects are playing a significant role in the emergence of a new paradigm of governance, which will be more responsive, accountable and transparent, and will strengthen the institution of democracy.

These projects were recognised at a recent awards function, Gems of Digital India Awards, 2017 supported by Sify Technologies Limited. Sify, as India’s leading transformation partner, is committed to its agenda of driving massive digital transformation across enterprises and government organisations.

Discovery process

The Gems of Digital India were discovered through a long and rigorous research exercise. It took Coeus Age Consulting 13 months and 30 man-months of efforts to classify, shortlist and select 41 path-breaking initiatives from a repository of 1,600 e-governance projects in India. The jury panel consisted of eminent personalities from the government, industry and academia. The fact that it was not a nomination-based process sets it apart from other award functions.

Interestingly, the process did not stop at merely the discovery of the Gems of Digital India; rather, insightful case studies were written on each of the winning initiatives and compiled into a book, titled “41 Gems of Digital India – Actionable Insights for the E-Governance Leaders and Nation Builders”.

The book, authored by Dr Kapil Dev Singh, chief executive officer, Coeus Age Consulting, was launched at the awards function, which was attended by more than 100 government leaders and had representations from over 50 government departments/ministries from the centre and eight states. Dr Ajay Kumar, additional secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), was the chief guest. The leadership keynote address was delivered by Neeta Verma, director general, National Informatics Centre, and Debanjan Kumar, president and business head, application services, Sify Technologies, delivered the technology keynote address at the award function and book launch.

The way forward

Each of the 41 Gems of Digital India can be a source of inspiration and learning for many others in the government sector who want to make a difference. A distinct feature of most of these initiatives is the hybrid approach that they have adopted with respect to technology. Although they use contemporary technologies, the architecture has been kept open to accommodate technologies that will emerge in the future.

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