Sri Lanka – India to co-operate in IT and electronics fields

Jan 16, 2018 (LBO) – India’s Minister of Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad signed a co-operation deal in IT and electronics with Sri Lankan counterpart, Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure.

The new Memorandum of Understanding will be a Joint Declaration of Intent for a pilot project on E-Office suite developed by India and a partnership between India’s National Knowledge Network (NKN) and the Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN), a statement said.

Under the programme Sri Lanka will have access to Indian digital expertise and infrastructure covering electronic public services delivery like e-learning, tele-medicine and office work and linking universities in a high speed network.

Speaking at the event Prasad said India is committed to share the outcome of the “Digital India” program with the Government of Sri Lanka and assured India’s fullest cooperation towards making the island nation a digital inclusive nation.

The e-Office, an electronic platform developed by the National Informatics Centre of India (NIC), which enables the conduct of office procedures electronically, was launched in Sri Lanka.

The E-office platform is widely used in Government offices in India and has transformed government functioning into a more efficient and transparent mode, removing the need for processing and storage of conventional paper files.

The knowledge partnership between NKN and LEARN will enable secure and reliable connectivity between the educational institutions of India and Sri Lanka under an Ultra High Bandwidth network.

In a unique development, several universities in India and Sri Lanka were linked through a digital video conference during the launch.

At the launch 16 Sri Lankan academic institutions of LEARN and six out of 1,600 Indian institutes were engaged via a video conferencing.