eINDIA 2009: Conference on knowledge sharing in various domains of ICT for development

eINDIA 2009: Conference on knowledge sharing in various domains of ICT for development

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D Purandeswari, Honorable Minister of State for Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource & Development, Government of India, a host of many others bureaucrats and many eminent people from national and international agencies were present for the inauguration of the much awaited, India's largest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) conference 'eINDIA 2009' that took place at HICC (Hyderabad International Convention Center). This is the most reputed ICT conference of India, which this year was inaugurated by D Purandeswari, Honorable Minister of State for Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource & Development, Government of India. The welcome address was given by Dr. M P Narayanan, President, Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), while the opening addresses were given by S R Rao, Additional Secretary, Department of IT, Ministry of Communication & IT, Government of India and Subhash C Khuntia, Joint Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Government of India. There was a keynote address by Charles Clarke, Honorable Member of Parliament & Former Education Minister and Former Education & Home Secretary, United Kingdom and Prosessor V N Rajashekhar Pillai, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). Reshan Dewapura, COO, Information & Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), Sri Lanka was the guest of honour. D Purundeswari later, inaugurated the 'eINDIA 2009 Exhibition' in which around 100 exhibitors from professional service providers, technology vendors, consulting firms, government agencies and national and International development organizations are exhibiting their latest e-solutions, services, initiatives and case studies from across India and beyond. It was a three day conference that allowed individuals and organisations working in the area of ICT for Development, to engage in mutual experience sharing . This enabled them to build an understanding of convergent issues in development. This most reputed event on ICT in India provided a common platform to around 3000 experts from over 40 countries. The cross-country sharing of experiences and regional specificities has always ensured that new and possible collaborations are discussed and forged. 'eINDIA 2009' had five seminal conferences namely 'e-GOV India', 'Digital Learning India', 'Indian Telecenter Forum', 'eHealth India' and 'eAgriculture India'. These tracks focused on five emerging application domains of ICT for Development – e-Government, ICT in Education, ICT and Rural Development and ICT enabled Health services. All the three days of 'eINDIA 2009' witnessed various sessions and keynotes by prominent bureaucrats and senior management of various corporate and government agencies under the seminal tracks. To supplement with examples, Digital Learning India 2009 had a Session on ICT Applications in Managing change in which Terry Wason, Country Manager for India, SMART Technologies was one of the speakers and he emphasized on the importance of the involvement of students, teachers, parents, community and government and educational system. He discussed the importance of ICT whiteboards to be included in the educational process. The change will be paved out with the positive combination of integrated approach to support education and the application to provide skills to the students. Furthermore, the Forum is also been extended to different Asian regions and has been hosted by different Asian countries along with CSDMS. eASIA 2008 was organised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; eASIA2007 was organised in Putrajaya, Malaysia, and eASIA2006 was held in Bangkok, Thailand. All had witnessed interactive sessions with an interesting mix of participants leading to knowledge exchange, collaborations and refinement of perspectives. It was announced that eAsia 2009 would be held in Sri Lanka during the inauguration. Further, information regarding eAsia2009 can be availed at http://www.e-asia.org/2009/index.asp .

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