Through power packed discourses and debates, the Digital India Summit aimed at unearthing key challenges, laid emphasis on the headway made on the Digital India Initiative and also planned out a definite roadmap to build an empowered society and knowledge economy. The summit aimed to lay out key imperatives and framework for turning the vision of ‘Digital India’ into a reality.
The event was split into two parts – Digital India Summit (during the day) and Digital India Awards in the evening. The summit kicked off with the welcome address by Satyan Gajwani, Vice Chairman, Times Internet, followed by a keynote address by Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Data management & analysis a challenge
Ravi Shankar Prasad also said, “I compliment TIMES NETWORK for focusing on the critical issue of Digital India. We want to become a leader in the digital revolution in the world. Today data management and data analysis is the next big thing. Digital payments and new start-ups are a new area of growth in the country and with GST coming very soon there will be more support for start-ups.”
Ravi Shankar added that the Digital India is creating a sparkle of hope in eyes of all Indians. He further said that National Payment Council will be set up soon. Recently, the minister had said, “Digital economy will require both technological and legal innovations, and law graduates have enormous opportunities to tap in the push for Digital India. Digital coverage is good coverage, digital delivery is faster delivery, but this will throw up legal challenges, issues of privacy, cyber security and competition. Why? Because digital world is a virtual world, and the problems of the virtual world have to be addressed in the real world.”
The panel discussion was followed by the ‘Digital India Awards’ award ceremony where 11 organisations were given awards for their digital initiatives in the social and corporate world that are harnessing power of ICT and digital tools to transform business processes, improve delivery of public services and create a positive impact on society.
The event also saw special address from 2 prominent dignitaries Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Government of India where he spoke about Skilling India for Digital India, and Jayant Sinha, Minister of State, Civil Aviation before the award ceremony in the evening.
Saying that ‘Digital India’ will be the driving force behind India’s economic growth, MoS, Aviation Jayant Sinha said that Indian economy has already become a digital economy. Digital economy has received a boost post demonetisation. “Government along with remonetisation has also ‘e-monetised’ the Indian economy”.
Speaking at the Summit, Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder of Hike Messaging app and son of Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal, said, “Online India is a very young India. 80% of all the internet users are under the age of 35 and this in itself is a pretty interesting fact. They are by far the most active as they have a lot of time on their hands. They consume the most content, they are messaging the most. The problem is people don’t realize how disruptive the internet is. It is as disruptive as what happened in the Industrial Revolution. The Internet makes distribution free.”
In its third edition, the TIMES NETWORK Digital India Summit received tremendous support and overwhelming response from all the key stakeholders, participants and delegates
The ‘Digital India’ Awards:
The experts were also addressed by Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, and R S Sharma, Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. R S Sharma also gave away the Digital India Awards 2016 to a galaxy of truly deserving winners. These awards acknowledged and honored the undying spirit and contributions made by individuals and organizations that harnessed the usage of IT for the growth of the nation and helping it towards a digital revolution. The list of awardees included IRA House of Designers, Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt Ltd, Futuretrucks Logistics Pvt Ltd, Your DOST Health Solutions Pvt Ltd, Uttar Pradesh Health System Strengthening Project, among others.