Tamil Nadu is leader in e-governance, IT use

Wednesday, 22 September 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has been given the "leader" rank in e-readiness by the central government and the World Bank in an assessment of preparedness among Indian states for the use of e-governance.

The status of this southern state was highlighted by IT and Law Minister D. Jayakumar Wednesday when he opened Connect 2004, the fourth edition of Tamil Nadu's biggest annual information communication technology (ICT) event.

Inviting greater investment in the state, Jayakumar told a large gathering of industry leaders that Tamil Nadu was going ahead with plans to install a "statewide area network" at a cost of 1 billion (100 crore).

He said a "knowledge industry township" porposed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was being set up by the government on over 1000 acres of land and it would provide employment to 200,000 IT professionals.

"Tamil Nadu is the first state in India where videoconference facilities have been made available to police and revenue officials," Jayakumar said.

The chief minister's office is networked directly to 29 district collectors' offices. All members of the assembly were computer-savvy, he said.

Tamil Nadu's e-governance projects like Star, Tamilnilam and Reginet and its drug distribution management system (DDMS) have become national models, Jayakumar noted.

The model that provides computer education to 1,200 government high schools in the state is also being implemented gradually in other states, he pointed out.

The Tamil Virtual University has 2,500 students from 40 countries registered for its courses. It has nine study centres in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the US, Mauritius and Canada. Three more foreign study centres are being added next year, Jayakumar said.
Source: IANS
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