IBM India and the Board for IT Education (BITES) have launched 'Project INVITE', an initiative aimed at fuelling growth of IT at grassroot level.
The project INVITE (Initiative to Nurture a Vibrant IT Ecosystem) aims at significantly contributing to capacity building efforts in the Indian state Karnataka by enhancing the local talent pool and leveraging the ecosystem to fuel the growth of IT at the grassroot level. The project complements the IBM academic initiative programme to help universities train students on open source, open standards based technologies and IBM technologies for a more competitive workforce. The major objectives of the project are building a repository of e-Governance prototype and make it freely available to government agencies, solution providers and academia. It also aims at involving students and faculty for creating proto-type solutions for local e-Governance needs at various levels, including creating agriculture market yard management system, school administrative software and online pathology reports for the state health department.