The seven-member Sasec includes India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar
Speaking at the Digital India Summit 2017, the minister said “Digital India is creating a sparkle of hope in eyes of all Indians. Data analysis, management will become thriving areas of growth”. He further said that National Payment Council will be set up soon. Talking about the Bhim app, he said: “1.7 crore people have downloaded the Bhim app.”
Following USA and China, India is the world’s third largest Internet population. The country is projected to be home to 243 million Internet users by June 2014 – but that’s still only a fraction of the country’s 1.2 billion population.
Thirty children from across India received the National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement, 2015, on the occasion of Children’s Day. The awards were presented by President Pranab Mukherjee, in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was introduced in 1996 and is awarded by the Department of Women and Child Development every year to recognise children for their abilities and achievements in various fields. This year, the winners were aged between nine and 16. These are children who have shown outstanding talent in different fields ranging from innovation and sports to singing and acting.
Innovation is the driver of growth and is a key source of competitive advantage, a multiplier of economic activity, employment and development. The importance of innovation cannot be over-emphasized in the context of the development challenge faced in the rural areas, where widespread poverty, infrastructural limitations and complex socio-cultural issues pose formidable challenges.
The Ministry of Rural Development is committed to embrace these innovations in order to accelerate development. A concerted effort will therefore be made to identify, evaluate and promote the innovation as it happens in the rural areas, and thereby open up pathways for prosperity of the rural poor.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Intel India today announced a shortlist of 20 teams participating in the Innovate for Digital India Challenge. 20 teams from across India will receive grants of INR 200,000 per team to develop prototypes in the final stage of this nation-wide contest.
The challenge aims to help bring technology to every household in India through grassroots innovation. It has tasked the participants with the creation of intuitive, easy-to-use solutions that can increase access to critical services for development in two broad areas.
Two weeks in November will be dedicated to the news of innovative India!
In the beginning of September more than a hundred delegations from Russian and foreign cities will meet in Vologda to share their experiences in the field of innovational municipal practices. The organisers of the event hope that the forum will become an effective platform to discuss the newest methods in the sphere of social planning and creative urbanism, as well as to present successful projects. The main focus will be given to the issue of the participation of youth in the urban development, formation of an active citizen position by taking part in various social programs and volunteering as a form of social activity.
Universities worldwide play a leading role in advancing the frontiers of science and technology. In recent years, a key concern for policy-makers has been how to ensure that the wealth of knowledge generated within universities can be transferred to industry so that society in general, and local businesses in particular, can benefit from university scientific and technological expertise.
This year has been one of change for India. In May, some 800 million eligible voters went to the polls in an election that was won by the Bhartiya Janata Party. Led by Narendra Modi, the party went on to form a coalition government called the National Democratic Alliance.
This special report “2014 India” is published by Physics World – the member magazine of the Institute of Physics (IOP).
Here is a rundown of what is in the special report.