India's digital economy is poised for a big lift thanks to its frugal innovation and entrepreneurship.
Boasting a total user base in excess of 574 million users and with the second-fastest growing Internet savvy population, India offers a $50 billion-plus commercial potential via new users and its rural populace. Consumption habits forced by the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to a further jump in those numbers.
Interview Rasha Omar, country director of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), India discusses how E-Gram, a digital initiative launched by PM Modi, will strengthen the governance and credibility of local government institutions. How do you see India's E-Gram portal, the initiative to connect its village-level governance, playing out for the economy? Since 1993, when the 73rd Constitutional Amendment devolved political and economic power to local bodies, gram panchayats have increasingly acted as instruments for local social and economic development [...]
With its Smartpur initiative, Nokia aims to provide the benefits of broadband connectivity to the ‘telecom-dark’ areas of the country, empowering communities and preparing India for a digital future. Highlights: Digital connectivity will provide India with the means to rapidly transform its socio-economic landscape. Nokia’s Smartpur programme creates a sustainable ecosystem for smarter villages where community members can leverage digital tools to bring efficiency in daily lives. It encompasses the basic tenets of Digital India by targeting five key areas of development [...]
In this exclusive interview with ‘India Global Business’, Ravi Shankar Prasad, India's Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice...
An EdTech champion discusses the role online learning can plan in upgrading India’s education system. Over the past two decades, despite rapid economic growth and technological advancement, government and investor interest, and the rise of EdTech companies such as Byju’s, India’s education system remains among the worst in the world. Despite enacting the Right to Education A in 2009, which aimed to give every child in the country the right to a full-time elementary education “of satisfactory and equitable quality”, [...]
Digital India aims to blend the digital and physical worlds by uniting people, services, and devices
Som Satsangi is the Vice President and Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in India. In this interview with ‘India Global Business’, he weighs up what makes India an attractive R&D base, the impact of Digital India alongside Make in India and HPE’s plans to invest $500mn in the country. What makes India an attractive R&D base in the context of plans for a new HPE campus? India’s highly skilled talent pool plays a critical role in the growth of [...]
Joyeeta Das is the Founder and CEO of Gyana. In the interview with ‘India Global Business’, the tech entrepreneur shares her thoughts on the current and upcoming trends in tech. How has Big Data and AI evolved in the context of Gyana? It has always been a problem of scale. Also, techwise, we had to invent the stack as there is no ready-made software stack for deep learning on geospatial data. Currently, we are leading this space and have two [...]
The alliance between the tech sectors in the UK and India has embarked on several path-breaking initiatives that can generate billions of dollars of revenues and generate millions of new jobs, not only in the two countries but also elsewhere in the world. India’s IT industry is, arguably, the most famous component of its $2.6-trillion economy. Apart from being a $160-billion sector, or more than 6 per cent of India’s GDP, it has played a massive role as an enabler of India’s emergence [...]
A Digital India expert weighs up how innovation in India can leapfrog developments to lead a 4th industrial revolution. Technology is a game changer, and India has the potential to not only be a leader for our 1.3 billion but also leapfrog development and lead in introducing the 4th industrial revolution to the next 6 billion globally. Innovation has been the cornerstone of India’s technological revolution, with Bharat – the 70 per cent of India that lives in villages – [...]