The Government of India launched an online information guide, Vikaspedia, for software tools and social sectors in order to develop Internet-based content in regional languages.
It was launched in order to make information more democratic. Prior to this, some information the general public had to buy, however, now most of it will be available online through the Vikaspedia portal.
This portal was developed as a part of the India Development Gateway Initiative of the Department of Electronics and information technology, ministry of communication and information technology, Government of India and was implemented by the Centre of Development of Advanced Computing or C-DAC, Hyderabad.
At the moment, the portal has primary information on agriculture, health, e-governance, social welfare, education, etc. in the coming days, it will keep on adding more such information.
Vikaspedia Currently has access to five Indian languages, there is also a plan to make it accessible in all of 22 Indian languages as it progresses.
For IAS aspirants
Aspirants of IAS have to be aware of the many government schemes and programmes launched by the government of India, Particularly related to the development and Social Justice. It’s so many graphs, reports and data, candidates often find it difficult to keep track of the details. since there was no all in one destination compiling the various development initiatives of the government Vikaspedia was developed.
There is without a doubt that vikaspedia is useful for IAS aspirants. This portal is deemed useful for the general public, who are interested in government initiatives for development and welfare. Just like Wikipedia, Vikaspedia also allows users conservation and editing.
Vikaspedia seeks to bridge the gap between rural areas and development, by providing links to government, civil social groups like NGOs and private institutions. The primary goal of Vikaspedia is to create a people-friendly, service-oriented and transparent information technology for development in the service of communities through country-wide collaborations.
As the rural areas in India are set to take advantage of the flourishing ICT initiatives mastered by various institutions, more specifically like the common service centres or CSCs, Vikaspedia offers the much-required content and services in local languages that made a difference in the life of the general public.
This multilingual portal was developed as single window access to information, services and products with the specific objective of reaching the ‘unreached’ communities of India, especially the rural areas.
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing was established in March 1988, in the form of a scientific Society of the ministry of communications and information technology, which was formerly known as the Department of Electronics, Government of India. C-DAC is basically a research and development institution that is involved in the development, design and deployment of Electronics and Advanced Information Technology products and solutions that includes the celebrated PARAM series of supercomputers.
C-DAC, Hyderabad, is engaged in research in the domains of e-learning, supply chain management, e-security, open-source software, VLSI and embedded systems design.