Digital India to expand, 6.25 lakh IT professionals to get training, Rs 14,903 crore project sanctioned

Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vishnu - India TV Paisa
Photo: PTI Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vishnu

The Modi government’s ambitious Digital India mission is now getting a new boost. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an allocation of Rs 14,903 crore for the expansion of this flagship scheme of the Modi government. The initiative aims to promote digital initiatives in skill development, cyber security, high performance computing and making technology accessible to people, the government informed. Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vishnu said, “The budget has been allocated as per the requirement from time to time. We have made some changes in the plan which required approval.

Digital India will be strengthened.

Ashwini Vishnu said, “The expansion of Digital India program was approved in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will cost Rs 14,903 crore. The Minister said that the work done earlier under the Digital India expansion will be taken forward. The budget has been approved for five years from the financial year 2021-22 to 2025-26.

IT professionals will get training.

The minister said that under this project 6.25 lakh IT professionals will be skilled with new technology and their skills will be enhanced. Apart from this, 2.65 lakh people will be trained in information security under the Information Security and Education Awareness Phase (ISEA) programme. Nine more supercomputers will be added to the National Supercomputing Mission (NCM) under the expanded Digital India project. 18 supercomputers have already been installed under NCM. In March 2015, the government approved a proposal to set up 70 supercomputers by 2022 at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore under the NCM.

MSME will also benefit from DigiLocker.

Vishnu said the DigiLocker app will be extended to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This will help them get loans and other facilities by verifying the documents on the app. He said that cyber awareness courses will be conducted for 12 crore college students under the Digital India programme. “The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) will be expanded for cyber forensics, emergency response and cyber issues,” the Union minister said.

Center of excellence will be created in universities.

Vishnu said the National Knowledge Network, a network of 1,787 universities and research and development (R&D) institutes, will be developed in line with the Digital India InfoWise. He said that a center of excellence will also be established in the area for the use of artificial intelligence in agriculture, health and environment initiatives. New programs in the field of cyber security will be launched under the expanded Digital India programme. The expanded program also provides funding to 1,200 startups from Tier II and III cities.

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