Ravi Shankar Inaugurates NIC Command & Control Centre
Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister for Electronics
& IT and Law and Justice inaugurated NIC’s Command & Control Centre
(CCC) and Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence by NIC, at National
Informatics Centre (NIC).
the new technologies have potential to transform societies
and usher in an era of transparency and efficient governance.
Women who are more attracted towards new technologies, can
further catalyze social change which these technologies are bound to bring. Institutions
like NIC should not only serve government but also guide private sector in
applying artificial intelligence to improve consumer centric services.
NIC has been offering Data Centre and Cloud services to the
Currently, it has 4 National Data Centres and 30 Mini Data
Centres across the country hosting over 10,000 e-Governance applications.
Majority of critical applications of the Government are
hosted at these locations and the volume and nature of these critical online
services have evolved and grown considerably.
A need was felt to set up a specialized facility with a
nationwide view of ICT infrastructure for effective monitoring and management
of the performance & availability of all these critical services. With this
aim, NIC has set up the Command and Control Centre, making it first of its kind
in the Government which will increase the agility of NIC’s nationwide ICT infrastructure.
NIC is also in the process of having a centralized
monitoring of critical websites hosted on cloud.
Additionally for large critical projects, NIC is proposing
to provide users with a customized dashboard where they can monitor resources
and availability of their applications.
Applications like – eOffice, eHospital, Beneficiary
Identification System under Ayushman Bharat are already on-board on this
CoE in AI by NIC has been established with the motto of
‘Inclusive AI' for responsive governance, to work towards improving Govt.
service delivery to citizens.
This CoE in AI will be a platform for innovative new
solutions in AI space, a gateway to test and develop solutions for projects
undertaken by NIC at central and state level.
CoE in AI is designed to promote innovation in application
of AI to take e-Governance services to the next level.
It will also provide Capacity Building &
Institutionalizing AI in Ministries / Departments / Organizations.
COE in AI@NIC is to facilitate State of the Art technology
support with Supercomputing facilities for prototyping in the fields of Image
& Video Analytics, Speech Synthesis & Recognition and Natural Language Processing.
established centre will focus on the areas of Machine Learning, NLP & AI in
Text, Image Recognition, Speech Recognition & Synthesis, Deep Learning and
Chatbot / Voicebots.
NIC has done a few Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) in image analytics
as in Swachh Bharat Urban, numeric modeling as in power, text classification
and summarisation etc. which will find an echo in similar use cases in other
ministries and departments.
In September 2018, when CEDA was launched, a milestone step
towards digital governance and data analytics in India was taken.
CEDA is adopting a multi-pronged strategy to permeate a
culture of data-driven governance and Capacity-building in Government.
CEDA has undertaken many PoCs with various Government
departments to demonstrate the usefulness of data analytics in Government.
In collaboration with GSTN Council, CEDA is working on a
detailed Data Analytics solution for E-Way Bill system to improve compliance
and ensure better utilization of the system.
Creation of skilled resources, knowledge management in the
area of data analytics and promotional activities are some of the other
activities which CEDA is undertaking as part of its mandate.