Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, have successfully tested ‘BharOS’, an indigenous operating system developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. 

According to Pradhan, poor people of the country will be the main beneficiary of a strong, indigenous, dependable and self-reliant digital infrastructure. He added that BharOS is a successful step towards data privacy. 

BharOS services are currently being provided to organisations that have stringent privacy and security requirements and whose users handle sensitive information that requires confidential communications on restricted apps on mobiles. Such users require access to private cloud services through private 5G networks.

Additionally, BharOS comes with no default apps. This means that users are not forced to use apps that they may not be familiar with or that they may not trust. This approach allows users to have more control over the permissions that apps have on their device, as they can choose to only allow apps that they trust to access certain features or data on their device.