While sharing his views on impact of ICT on Indian society and the next phase of ICT revolution, through a video link from Chicago, Sam Pitroda delivered a keynote at the recent conference Microsoft Tech.Ed developer, held in Bengaluru. He described that the ICT revolution in India is about to enter into its second phase that would be based on broadband, data, applications, processes and new infrastructure. This would change the nature of education, health, government services, public delivery systems available in India.
Reflecting on the developments that have taken place in past 20 years, he gave his insights about the growth in phone connections from two million in 1980s to 550 million today. The focus then was on accessibility, connectivity, digital technology, rural communications, indigenous development, Indian models and the need to promote young talent. He elaborated that in the next two decades information is to play a critical role in restructuring a lot of development in India. He also called Information as the fourth pillar (Judiciary, Legislature and Executive being the other three) that needs a lot more attention.