In a first of its kind initiative, Coeus Age Consulting-led research discovered 41 transformative digital governance initiatives. Christened as Gems of Digital India, 1600 eGovernance projects in India were evaluated, and through a research exercise that spanned across 13 months and involved 30 man months of effort, 41 projects were considered deserving to be termed as Gems by a panel of jury, which consisted of eminent personalities from the government, industry, and academia. These eGovernance projects are playing a significant role in the emergence of a new paradigm of governance that is more responsive, accountable, transparent, and strengthens the institution of democracy.

Their respective journeys have been documented as insightful case studies and compiled in 41 Gems of Digital India– Actionable Insights for the EGovernance Leaders and Nation Builders, a book authored by Dr Kapil Dev Singh. The book was launched at the awards function and released by chief guest Dr Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Each of the Gems of Digital India can be a source of inspiration and learning for many others in the government, wanting to make a difference. A distinct feature in most of the 41 Gems of Digital India is the hybrid approach they take with respect to technology. Though they use the contemporary technologies, the architecture is also kept open to accommodate technologies that will emerge in the future.

The event was attended by more than 100 government leaders. There was a representation from 50+ departments/ministries across the center and eight states.

Dr Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

“When I came to know of Coeus Age Consulting’s intentions to discover the Gems of Digital India and celebrate their success by recognizing them and documenting their stories in the form of a book, I was extremely happy. Though recognition through awards is important to acknowledge a good work done, documenting the success is equally important from a learning perspective.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, through its various organizations, is committed to supporting these digital journeys in every possible way by providing the required policy, structural, infrastructural, and knowledge support.”

Dr Ajay Kumar
Additional Secretary,
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Neeta Verma, Director General, National Informatics Centre

“We must now develop applications and platforms keeping in mind the billions of citizens who are going to use them. It is very important that we think simplicity, hyper scale, mobile readiness, and security as design elements from day one. Common people must be able to interface with the applications with ease. NIC has played a significant role in building the capability to drive the dream of Digital India and it will continue doing so in future too.”

Neeta Verma
Director General,
National Informatics Centre

Debanjan Kumar, President and Business Head-Application Services, Sify Technologies Limited

“Every sphere of life has been impacted by digital today, be it booking airlines ticket or calling a cab or even buying groceries. Sify has transformed itself to emerge into a transformation partner for enterprises and governments in their endeavors to go digital. We have successfully handled projects by delivering clearly defined business outcomes to our clients, not just IT availability. It requires a distinct set of capabilities to manage end-to-end of the IT spectrum to ensure services to the consumers or the citizens.”

Debanjan Kumar
President and Business Head-Application Services,
Sify Technologies Limited

Dr Kapil Dev Singh, CEO, Coeus Age Consulting

“The Gems of Digital India were identified through a discovery process, not through a nomination process. That sets our initiative apart from other award functions. There is a lot of rigor that has gone behind the process. The red seal Gems of Digital logo has today emerged as the symbol of excellence and quality.”

Dr Kapil Dev Singh
Coeus Age Consulting

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