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ICT Priorities - India
To formulate the 11th 5-year plan on ICT, the Government of India had constituted a working group drawn from a cross section of the ICT community and five specialized, subject specific study teams under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Department of Information Technology to make recommendations on various policy matters. Consequently, as per recommendations made by the working group, the following broad thrust areas have been identified under Government of India's 11th five year plan (2007-2012):
  • National Security and Safety that would include disaster recovery and response.
  • Social Sector which will include Indian Language Computing, Internet and Broadband Technologies, various technologies for physically challenged persons, initiatives like Media Lab Asia, ICT for Education, Healthcare, Enhancing Livelihoods, etc.
  • Strategic, which will include Semiconductors since it is the base of success for so many other industries.
  • Cutting edge and emerging areas in both IT and Electronics.
Indicative list of thrust areas for R&D in the XIth Plan, categorized broadly under Emerging technologies, Social, Strategic and Security sectors is as follows:

Emerging Technology Areas
a. Information Technology
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • RFID
  • High performance Computing
  • Grid Computing
  • High Performance Networking
  • Bioinformatics
  • Open Source Software
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Technologies
b. Electronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonics
  • Microelectronics
  • Industrial Electronics and Automation technologies Embedded Systems
  • Electronics Material Development Program
Services and Social Sector
  • Media Lab Asia ICT for Education, Healthcare, Enhancing Livelihoods, Empowerment of the Disabled, etc.
  • Language Computing and speech
  • Medical Electronics and Telemedicine
Strategic
  • Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research
  • Convergence, Communications, Broad band Technologies and Strategic Electronics
  • Components and Instrumentation for defense and metrology
  • Materials and components for electronic devices
Security and Safety
  • E-security
  • Environment protection
  • Secure business- e commerce
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