A stroll through the stalls of the exhibition put up as part 17th National Conference on e-Governance at the Le Meridien Convention Centre on Thursday throws light on the IT-enabled services and products of the state. From the handbook developed by the district panchayat for the IT@School project to the stall of small-time entrepreneurs of Startup Village at Kalamassery to the incredibly successful e-governance guide for the layman developed by the St Teresa’s College, the stalls stand testimony to the contribution of the district to the penetration of e-governance services.
The conference is jointly organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India and Department of Information Technology, Government of Kerala.
The stall of the St Teresa’s College, Ernakulam, arguably attracts more visitors than the adjacent state government-run Information and Knowledge Mission (IKM) and the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD)stall. It shows delegates how the Economics Department students laboriously compiled a book form of all e-governance services offered by the state and Central government in a simple and lucid language. The project titled as ‘Vivaranidhi’ was applauded by the delegates across the country and abroad for its utility in spreading awareness on e-governance. Aashraya, the Lakshwadeep Government’s IT Service Society, expressed their wish to replicate the guide for Lakshwadeep.
The delegates from the online service and products giant Cognizant said it’s the best implementation of e-governance ideas, at the meet.
According to Gaurew Dwivedi, Director of Department of Electronics and IT, Government of India, the guide should be distributed to all states. The Director also expressed willingness to share the success of the students on the department website.
The handbook designed and developed by Ernakulam district panchayat for guiding school students on the ‘dos and don’ts of cyber space is receiving positive response from delegates from other states. State government-run ‘IT@School’ explained to delegates how the handbook could shed light on the pitfalls that the cyberspace can lead students to. The stalls of NASSCOM award-winning company MobME and the Startup Village, both based in Kochi, also drew a large crowd. Though the stalls did not have a direct link with e-governance services, it showcased various Mobile-Governance initiatives to empower citizens.
The exhibition will end on Friday.