Engineering students in Karnataka will now handle e-Governance initiatives of the state government. In a novel scheme aimed at addressing e-Governance glitches faced by several government departments, the Board for IT Education Standards (BITES) in association with the IT department and IBM has launched Project INVITE (Initiative to Nurture a Vibrant Information Technology Ecosystem).
The project, the first of its kind, will engage final year engineering students in government projects. BE students will help to create solutions/prototypes for local e-Governance needs at various levels. Over 400 students are already working on 24 project scenarios for 22 government departments. More than 100 faculty members have been trained to help students with the projects. This initiative is primarily aimed at plugging plagiarism in college projects, besides helping the government solve roadblocks. Since not all faculty members have technical expertise, students can call on e-mentors for assistance. This will also enable the IT industry to recruit students with real-project experience.