The Week That Was (Jul 19-25)

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The highlight of the week was the introduction of the online system of submission of Ration Cards. If the project goes live as planned, this system would revolutionise the whole process of getting a Ration Card. As of now, there are over 6 lakhs pending application forms for new Ration Cards. These have been held up with C-DIT, which is the implementing agency for digitising the card, because of the lack of trained manpower for Malayalam data entry. The new online form would do away with this process and this is the first step in enabling a faster Ration Card. According to officials at NIC, the implementers of the new system, a new Ration Card can be issued on the next day itself provided all the relevant documents are in place. Btw, C-DIT has already digitised about 68 lakh ration cards. They never got the credit for the good work!

The next item which made headlines was the news that IBM and Oracle may set shop in Technopark. Agency reports quoted an official from the Kerala IT Department who didn’t want to be identified. We wanted more credible information and met up with the Technopark officials to discuss this development. While officials there didn’t deny the report, Mervin Alexander, CEO, Technopark told us that he was not aware about Oracle considering Technopark.

The Global Study Team of IBM had visited Technopark and had a series of meetings in Kerala with Officials from Technopark, IT Department, Department of Technical Education and CXOs of few companies in Technopark including UST Global. According to Mervin, “IBM is looking at built-up property and we have offered them ready space in Thejaswani and Leela. If they want more, they can have in Phase III”.

Meanwhile, Technopark has initiated a study on the Socio Economic Impact of Technopark, in association with IIM, Kolkatta. Technopark is also getting ready to celebrate its Twentieth Anniversary on July 28, 2010. The work on Technopark was started in 1990 and it started functioning in 1994.

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